A Netflix drama based on the Sikh genocide of 1984, ‘Jogi’, is creating a buzz in the film circles, owing not just to the stellar performances of its cast but also because it claims to bring to the fore painful memories of one of the most shameful chapters of Indian history. It was in 1984, that Delhi, the national capital, burned for three long and dark days, and resulted in thousands of Sikhs being killed all over the country. The hard-hitting movie Jogi, helmed by director Ali Abbas Zafar, also features Diljit Dosanjh as the main protagonist while rest of the cast includes Amyra Dastur and Zeeshan Ayyub.
The film has struck a chord with viewers ever since its release on the OTT platform. In fact, people from various sections of society are hailing it as a “true picture of the Sikh Genocide of 1984.” Leading the vox populi is AAP MLA from Delhi’s Tilak Nagar constituency, Jarnail Singh, who is one of the many activists who’ve spent their lives fighting for justice for the victims of the Sikh massacre. In fact, it was due to Singh’s untiring efforts over the years that, on December 21, 2018, the massacre was recognized as Sikh Genocide. The Delhi government took this decision after Jarnail Singh tabled the Sikh (Genocide) 1984 bill in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha.
For the movie, Singh says, “The movie Jogi, written by noted writer and journalist Sukhmani Sadana along with director Zafar, focuses correctly on the atrocities carried out against the Sikh community in 1984.” Singh particularly appreciated the filmmakers for effectively depicting the helplessness of people during the torturous times, when families were massacred.
He congratulated Ali Abbas Zafar and Diljit Dosanjh for taking up such a sensitive subject and presenting it in the form of a hope for peace and justice in the future. Jarnail Singh isn’t alone in heaping praise on ‘Jogi’ as well as Diljit, both of whom have been earning kudos on various platforms, including the media fraternity. Some film critics even called the movie Diljit’s “career-best.”