Film Review: P V Sindhu Biopic is a Masterpiece


Film Review: P V Sindhu Biopic is a Masterpiece

Illustration: Saachi Mehta


his Friday saw the release of Sindhum, the movie based on badminton player P V Sindhu’s life. The film stars Sonam Kapoor in the role of an unknown girl from Telangana who burst onto the scene and created history at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Then eight months later in April 2017, she went ahead and settled the score once more. And with her poised to make history by becoming the first Indian to make it to an Asian Games badminton final, this is the perfect time for the biopic to appear. Her upcoming clash with world number one Tzu Ying should feature plenty of real sporting drama, but Bollywood’s relationship with the truth has always been tenuous.

Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the film is a one-way ticket to the whirlwind journey of Sindhu’s life, right from the time she was a little girl smashing mosquitoes with an electric racket to becoming the heartthrob of the nation. However, the makers have taken liberties with the story to make it more appealing to the masses. A romantic track in the second half, post her career-defining Olympic performance in 2016, with a cricketer named Virat Mehra (played effortlessly by Tiger Shroff) forms an integral part of the film.