ZEE5 is one of the few Indian streaming channels that is bringing India related content on their platforms. Their first streaming only film was about a corporate that had a big secret to hide and their second film was about the plight of women in the entertainment industry in India. Their third film, Veergati, released on Republic Day, is about a more prominent issue – about young Army men losing their lives to the senseless violence that’s part and parcel of life in the Valley.
Nikhil Chavan plays a solider who’s just returned from active duty. As is wont to happen, after the few days that he spends with his family and his loved one, he is called back to duty. On the other side, a young Kashmiri boy, played by Gaurav Ghatnekar, joins the militants in the Valley. What happens next in their lives forms the rest of the story.
What’s Wow: Veergati is not subtle – the plot points are there for all to see. A Muslim family with Marathi as their mother-tongue, the soldier’s religious identity, so on and so forth. The performances by well known names on TV, like Gaurav and Nikhil are good enough and make the ZEE5 Original a worthy watch.
What’s Blah: The film is over the top, with some dialogues seemingly preachy. There’re no grey areas here – there’s wrong and redemption and martyrdom. What could be a slick, modern telling of the problem in the Valley, juxtaposed with the problems that the army faces turns out to be a made-for-TV screenplay that’s pretty much predictable. In fact, the climax of the film is a character speaking out to the camera, and that brings out the DNA of this film – it’s a simplistic film made for an audience looking for a simple story.
Parting Shot: Watch this film only if you want a simple story told.
Cast: Yatin Karyekar, Nikhil Chavan, Gaurav Ghatnekar, Radhika Harshe, Aditi Bhaskar, Ajt Jha
Veergati is now streaming on ZEE5.