Star Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Nargis Fakhri, Rahul Dev, Kuwaarjeet Chopra, Rahul Mittra, Aishan Jawaid Malik, Hamid Shafi, Mohammed Khairkhah, Rudra Soni, Rehan Shaikh, Kanha, Gavie Chahal, Raaj Singh Arora
Director: Girish Malik
The Story line-
Naseer Khan (Sanjay Dutt), is an ex-army doctor who is haunted by the ghosts of his past, visits a war-torn Afghanistan for a felicitation ceremony at the request of a close family friend Ayesha (Nargis Fakhri). When he comes across some kids in a refugee camp, he discovers their passion for cricket. For this, he sets up a cricket coaching camp inside the refugee camp. Slowly, the kids warm up to each other before tragedy strikes in the form of Qazir (Rahul Dev), the leader of a fundamentalist camp who wants to use the refugee kids as suicide bombers.
Director Girish Malik picks up an intriguing topic about child suicide bombers and the effect of terrorism on the children of war, to paint a picture of hope in distressing times. His choice of subject is praiseworthy, and he takes the film to next level with his vision and understanding of subject. The film has many emotional high points which might make your eyes moist and that’s where he succeeds as the director.
Acting and Performance:
Sanjay Dutt is commendable in the emotional scenes; the actor has a lot of potentials to give fine performances and he delivers one here with utmost sincerity. Torbaaz can be counted as one of his best performances. Nargis Fakhri ends up with yet another ordinary role. Rahul Dev delivers the best performance as the head of a terrorist organization and does the commendable job out of what’s offered to him. The kids are also a bight shining package of Torbaaz including Aishan Jawad Malik as Baaz and Rehan Shaikh, they are natural and do their best.
Cinematography is one the high point of the film. Hiroo Keswani captures the isolated mountains and the beautiful snowscapes of Kazakhstan with finesse. Dilip Deo’s editing should have been more tight to make Torbaaz a bit more crisper.
Torbaaz is a sincere effort with an honest intention and deserves a watch. Go binge it and surely you will have a feel-good impact on you.