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Positive Role Models
Jogi and Rawinder display remarkable courage as they risk their lives to save innocent people.
Today populous India is home to a more than 900 million Hindus and around 20 million Sikhs (less than two percent). Based on prejudice, Hindu vigilantes kill Sikhs in this depiction of a 1984 incident.
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Violence & Scariness
An innocent man is beaten on a bus because he's wearing a Sikh turban. A man is doused with kerosene and locked into his store, then both are set on fire. Someone commits suicide. Countless victims are killed by sword, gun, and fire. A man is shot in the heart. Prejudice and discrimination are at the heart of the attacks. Sikh women were gang-raped, men were murdered, homes were burned, sometimes filled with occupants. Law enforcement participated and encouraged, even arming the vigilantes. Somewhere between 8,000 and 17,000 Sikhs were killed across India during this genocidal retaliatory massacre.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Someone gets pregnant before marriage.
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"F--k," "ass," "damn," "screw," and "bitch."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jogi tells the true story of a murderous attack on thousands of Indian Sikhs in the city of Delhi in 1984 after the assassination of the Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi. Local authorities ordered police departments to round up and brutally massacre all the Sikhs on the voting lists. One Sikh and his friend stood up together and risked their lives to save Sikhs. Violence is graphic. Men, women, and children are shot, stabbed, and burned alive. Language includes "f--k," "ass," "damn," "screw," and "bitch." In Hindi with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Jogi is a heartfelt telling of this shameful moment in Indian history. Director Abbas Ali Zafar handles the logistical difficulty of mass violence skillfully. But too often it feels as if the director doesn't trust the material. We are moved by the plight of the innocent Sikhs. We don't need long dialogue-free, slow-motion depictions of, well, anything. Jogi realizes he must toss his turban and cut his long hair in order to pose as a truck driver and save Sikhs. Sikhs are being murdered left and right, but the movie comes to a halt as he unhurriedly cuts his hair, seemingly ignoring the death and destruction going on all around him.
Displaying similarly imprudent directorial judgment, a truckload of hidden Sikhs walks to safety, in slow motion. Again, the tension has been painstakingly built by the filmmakers with the aid of a terrific performance by Dosanjh in the lead role and we breathlessly await the rescue of innocent people still in jeopardy, but instead we watch people walking! It's another ill-advised interruption of the movie's otherwise appropriate tone and pace. These, and more, are regrettable disruptions to the riveting and moving story being told.
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