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Dhoop Ki Deewar review: A welcome change from the run of the mill war narrative

Dhoop Ki Deewar is a much-needed move away from the overdone India-Pakistan war story sans the hatred and chest-thumping nationalism.

3.0
Audita Bhattacharya
Jul 03, 2021
 
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What's it about?

Individuals isolated by war can come together in distress and hence work towards building more delicate connections, compassion and finding their place. Made by Umera Ahmed, Dhoop Ki Deewar is a much-needed move away from the overdone India-Pakistan war story sans the hatred and chest-thumping nationalism.

What's hot?

Set in the aftermath of the death of two officers on two sides of the fence, the story follows how their families manage the distress in their own manner. The leads — Sara [Sajal Aly] and Vishal [Ahad Raza Mir] — draw out the subtleties of being the children of battle with some convincing performances.

The show starts with an India-Pakistan cricket match where the two families are stuck to the TV. While the victors venture out to praise the success, the news of death catches on with anguish; spreading like wildfire in Amritsar and Lahore.

What's not?

Maybe the makers are taunting the guileless public by saying that regardless of the number of cricket matches you win, you actually lose an ever-increasing number of lives at the border.

The crowd in Pakistan hasn't been excessively compassionate to the show. Some have even had a problem with it streaming on an Indian platform like Zee5.

However, the show stays unaffected to such energies, essentially on the grounds that it is an account of love, the sort that can be imagined but never accomplished. A few similarities will help you remember the story made by Yash Chopra in Veer-Zaara. There, as well, the woman was from Pakistan and she chose to live in India. Assume the story went the other way round? Imagine a scenario in which the young woman was Indian and the man a Pakistani. Would it have been as popular among Yash Raj enthusiasts, as it is now?

Verdict:-

Dhoop Ki Deewar doesn't limit itself to only tending to adages. It goes past it, verging on the sort of story that gets into your head - the likes of which Laila-Majnu or Heer-Ranjha are made of.

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