How Soorma Almost Makes a Villain Out of Sandeep Singh’s Wife

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How Soorma Almost Makes a Villain Out of Sandeep Singh’s Wife

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haad Ali’s Soorma, a biopic on former hockey player Sandeep Singh, starts off with a female voiceover: Harpreet Kaur (Tapsee Pannu) tells us that she is a hockey player, but the story she is about to narrate isn’t hers.

For a few minutes, I ended up believing that Ali was a misunderstood genius. And, that he was ironically using Kaur to scoff at Bollywood’s tradition of exploiting women as mere props until I remembered that he’s the same dude who made OK Jaanu. (Yes, also Bunty Aur Babli and the wonderful Saathiya, but, um, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom?)

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