ARY Films’ Sherdil is one of those flicks that tackle the subject of Indo – Pak rivalry in a positive manner. Add some excellent dogfight sequences in mid-air, picturesque locations, brilliant acting and Hollywood-level visual effects and the movie grabs the attention of the audience from the very first scene. Sherdil is the story of Haris Mustafa (Mikaal Zulfiqar) who joins the Air Force and become PAF’s ace pilot; how he manages to do that is what the film is all about.
Then there is a bit of humour inserted here and there to make the film look humane, since Mikaal Zulfiqar’s character is shown to fall in love with Sabrina (Armeena Khan), get rejected and then lose his only supporter in the family, his Dadi (Samina Ahmed) who wants him to make his country proud.
It is only when the Pakistani airspace is violated in the film that the pace gains momentum; the entry of Flight Lt. Arun Virani (Hassan Niazi) makes the film all the more interesting since he portrayed the Indians in a normal light, unlike our films where they are depicted as ‘Aliens from another planet’. It is the brilliant chemistry between Haris and Arun that saves the second half which falls prey to the commercial aspects such as the abduction of the leading lady, the unnecessary introduction of a villain and his henchmen, the romantic angle of both the Indian and Pakistani pilots and the dragged training sequences that did nothing to the film but to slow the momentum.
There are however some issues with the way Armeena Khan has been filmed here; someone else has dubbed for the Janaan actress and it seems that the person neither knew how to act or deliver a dialogue. She looks good in the film but it would have helped the film had she done her Voice Over herself. Also, a lot of time has been given to supporting characters such as the cadets especially the one who plays the Sikh as they are depicted as losers who somehow are transformed into professional airmen in no time.
The film also introduces new actors such as Ibrahim Ali Alavi who plays Mikaal’s friend and can dance, act and is already attracting attention as ‘the next Fawad Khan’, since that was the name of his character in the film. On the whole, Sherdil is an entertainment package that raises your patriotism level because of the way PAF has been depicted. The Visual Effects and Aerial Shots are a treat to watch and deserve our attention especially at a time when Hollywood and Bollywood films are not been screened in our cinemas. Go ahead and watch our film industry soar higher and higher.
The Verdict – 4/5