Magazine article Screen International

Zubaan': Review

Magazine article Screen International

Zubaan': Review

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Dir/scr: Mozez Singh. India. 2015. 115mins

Opening this year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), the producer Mozez Singh's feature debut is a vibrant and occasionally delightful coming-of-age drama about an ambitious young man who moves to Delhi in a quest to find success in life, but begins to question what that might actually mean. Despite its familiar premise, Zubaan finds a nice balance between musical and drama elements, which should make it more accessible and appealing to even those unfamiliar with Hindi cinema, pushed by its exposure at Busan.

Zubaan's narrative centres around Dilsher (Vicky Kaushal), a stammering child born to a dirt-poor Punjab family in Gurdaspur but determined to find prosperity and change his fortune. He seeks out - at all costs - the hard-nosed businessman Gurcharan Sikand (Manish Chaudhari), whom he once encountered as a young boy.

When they do eventually meet again in Delhi, Gurcharan seemingly remembers Dilsher after he shows him a pen the CEO had given him and hires the boy to work at corporate headquarters in Dubai, to the great displeasure of his wife (Meghna Malik) and son Surya (Raaghav Chanana).

As Dilsher earns Gurcharan's trust and takes on more responsibility at the company, the businessman's son becomes increasingly jealous and tries to make life more difficult. Yet despite the material wealth he begins to acquire, Dilsher can't help but reflect on his life and that of his father, who performed Sikh music. …

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