Vijay Borad (Amitabh Bachchan) is a sports professor who is about to retire in a few days. He coached several children in football college, but was drawn to Barabbas when he saw neighborhood children playing football with plastic bottles. He started training them in sports; First by luring money, then by making the game a habit. Because of his education, the children of the slums, who once indulged in drunkenness and wandered here and there, were addicted to theft, crime in every way; Now let’s think about football. This game was a way for these children to peek into a world they have only seen from afar. Those kids from the slums who see themselves on the other side of the wall just like scammers. A professor wants to break down the wall of society and merge the two worlds. In one scene, the professor tells the protesters – “There is India even beyond the walls of the college, we have to think about it …”. But will he succeed in this? Will the children from the slums be able to jump out of the dark alleys of crime and drugs and jump to the other side? The whole film revolves around these issues.
“Passing through the wall is strictly forbidden,” the way director Naraj Manjule captures these words written on the wall, somewhere the whole essence of the film comes out. Swarm is not a purely sports biographical film. Rather, the director has touched on many social issues through dialogue. It shows what we and you can do as a society to unite the two different worlds living in India. The director talks about crossing and breaking the wall between the two worlds with many spectacular visualizations.
With the first scene, Naraj Manjule expresses that the story and the characters here will be closer to reality. The first half of the film unfolds at a very fast pace. You constantly feel connected to the characters. The story is a bit emotional, but it also laughs and teaches the right amount. In the second half, the director seems to deviate a bit from the plot focused on the game, with many problems. But the superb star cast and the technical side keep the film tied.
Amitabh Bachchan surprises with every film, every character. The way he got into the image of Vijay Borad by taking down the image of a megastar is fantastic. In the film, he plays a retired sports professor who, along with football in the hands of children from poor areas, gives him the courage to dream. For these children, he fights against all kinds of obstacles – social or financial. In the film, he is accompanied by several actors who become part of the football team of the slums. What is special is that Amitabh Bachchan never seems to dominate any other artist. Rinku Rajguru and Akash Tosar appear on the screen for a few minutes, but leave an impression. On the acting front, all the actors who were part of football in the slums did extremely well. Ankush Gaidam in the image of Ankush, also known as Don, looks very impressive in the film.
The cameraman Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti shot exactly the city of Nagpur, especially the slums, the alleys and the whole landscape, where he spends most of the film with his camera. Although Nagraj Manjule keeps you completely attached to the film as a screenwriter, the film could have been a bit tense during the editing. Especially in the second half, the story seems a bit stretched. Let me tell you, the movie is 178 minutes, about 3 hours.
The film features music by Ajay-Atul and lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya. There is no doubt that the music of the film deepens the story. The lyrics of the song are superb, which helps you look into the world of the characters you see on the screen. The basic assessment given by Sakesh Canetkar is excellent.
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Be sure to see “Jhund” is quite different from the movies made for sports in Bollywood. Directed by the Manjule Award, this sports film will teach you a lot about life. Amitabh Bachchan did a great job in the film and the film’s football team is just as wonderful. 3.5 stars for Jhund from Filmybeat.
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