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By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent Bollywood action thriller based on real events.

Movie NR 2021 145 minutes
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This is an entertaining action thriller that's only real shortcoming is the clumsy way it covers a real-life event, that has real-life repercussions. Sooryavanshi is vibrant, colorful, and has slick dialogue. There are memorable musical numbers too. In fact, Kumar's titular character even gets his very own jingle, with his name sung in the background when he does something courageous. Though none of this is a bad thing as such, and is true to its big-screen, big-budget Bollywood roots, it can't help but feel out of place. After all, it's dealing with a sensitive subject; that of terrorism that has plagued and caused great destruction to India across the past three decades.

The film appears to want to be bold and vivacious, but also profound and emotionally charged. This mixing of styles undermines the film's commitment to reality, especially when it tries to delve into the poignant and urgent elements of the narrative. That said, it is enjoyable, and when you remove the real-life happenings, and separate them from the film at hand, what you're left with is an electric, compelling thriller with some really impressive, well-choreographed set-pieces.

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