Sanjay Dutt’s ‘Torbaaz’ on Netflix on December 11

Sanjay Dutt’s long-awaited Torbaaz directed by one of Bollywood’s underrated names Girish Malik , is going to be on Netflix on December 11

Sanjay Dutt’s ‘Torbaaz’ on Netflix on December 11

Subhash K Jha

Sanjay Dutt’s long-awaited Torbaaz directed by one of Bollywood’s underrated names Girish Malik , is going to be on Netflix  on December 11.

Dutt’s fans of whom there’s no dearth, can expect something special from Bollywood’s resident Munnabhai. This time he is in terror-infested  Afghanistan (the film was actually shot in the violent country) teaching little children the joys of football in lieu of the other favourite pastime: suicide bombing.

While I don’t see Torbaaaz getting released in Afghanistan, the trailer most assuredly exudes an emphatic energy as  Dutt puts his all in spreading a kick-ass , rather kick-ball jadoo ki jhappi in the  strife-ridden country. The message  of peace is most welcome at a time  of rabid hatred and communal animosity. Sanjay Dutt is in his element:  a uniformed Santa spreading  love among children in the land of bombings and  shootouts. Not bad.

He has a well-matched antagonist in Rahul Dev who looks every inch the Pathani messiah of mayhem. His Afghani accent could  induce a giggle fit in the midst of the dramatic tension.

Sanjay Dutt is happy to see his film being released. Says the actor,  “The story of Torbaaz is closely aligned with the reality of Afghanistan, and the beautiful depiction of cricket as a means of deliverance is as true for the children as it is for my character, Nasser Khan, who bounces back from personal tragedy.”

Like his character Nasser Khan, Dutt has also bounced back recently from a  personal crisis. “I am truly grateful for all the love and support that I have received over the past few months, and I am glad to be returning to the screen with this powerful film. We have a strong partner in Netflix and am glad that the film will reach discerning audiences around the world, where the story can resonate across boundaries.”

Adds producer Rahul Mittra, “These kids had nothing. He brought them cricket, in the hopes of a better life. Torbaaz is a very special film and am elated that our labour of love is premiering soon on Netflix.”

Rahul Mittra also plays a pivotal role as Afghan army general in the film.The film’s leading lady Nargis Fakhri is  nowhere to be seen in the trailer.Probably gone to another refugee  camp for girls  to teach them  basketball while Dutt coaches  the  boys in cricket.

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