Movie Review: Jogi is powerful story of overcoming hate and brutality

Diljit Dosanjh in a still from Jogi. (courtesy: YouTube)

Jogi, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar with a story and screenplay co-written with Sukhmani Sadana set during the three days of the Delhi riots of 1984, currently streaming on Netflix.

The film follows a young Sikh man Jogi (Diljit Dosanjh) who takes it upon himself to rescue his under-siege family and neighbours as rioters close in on them. Two friends, a Hindu and a Muslim, help them to safety and great personal risk.

On the morning of October 31, 1984, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is fatally shot by two of her Sikh bodyguards. As the news spreads, her supporters go on a calamitous rampage across Delhi targeting Sikh’s as revenge.

Aided by policeman Rawinder Chautala (Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub) and transporter Kaleem Ansari (Paresh Pahuja), Jogi plans to take his family and a group of other Sikhs to the safety of Mohali as a vitriol-spewing Trilokpuri municipal councillor Tajpal Arora (Kumud Mishra), armed with a copy of the voters’ list, instructs his men to ensure that no Sikh in his constituency is spared as he blames them for loosing elections.

This dramatic fictional account of those three days in 1984, shows how people in neighbourhood came together to overcome hate and bigotry to escape from corrupt politicians and police.

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