Shareek is directed by Navaniat Singh, starring Jimmy Sheirgill, Mahie Gill, Mukul Dev, Guggu Gill, Oshin Sai, Simar Gill, Kuljinder Sidhu, Prince KJ and Hobby Dhaliwal. The story shows the altercations between brothers and cousins over family land, a dispute that turns family into enemies and hatred grows amongst them all, leading to murder. The rivalry is displayed through different generations, portraying how it all affects them and their mentality, this saga will boil once heart with hate but show realism through the story on a typical scenario that happens in the real world back home. Firstly to start with, a fantastic and engaging film has been created. A movie that has a backbone, a worthy storyline with brilliant acting by the cast involved, direction needs to be given credit in making Shareek so powerful. The first half and second half are both gripping and intense, it just never seems to slow down, and this makes the film a worthy watch.
- Shareek is a film that exhibited a bit of everything, but not in any less form, in fact, it was so powerful that it kept you curious. It became more of an educational film for the younger audience and showed the value of family ties not being valued, as other possessions are more vital for some people. The movie kept me interested and at all times, the film kept becoming better and bigger.
- The storyline needs to be given credit and the writer needs to be applauded for such well-written screenplay. The dialogues were impressive and strong, complimenting the on screen presence of some fine actors. The dialogues are a strong take-away, you will walk away reminiscing some of the dialogues as they were nailed by the actors especially by Jimmy Sheirgill and Mukul Dev.
- The viewing experience was great, the director’s creativity and vision excelled, displaying some well-crafted shots to help progress the movie. In particular, when the movie is set in 3 different generations, the movie moved on really well, not distracting you as an audience from the on screen changes. That was very critical in trying to shift gears in the film without disrupting the audience.
- Actors showed the hatred really well through dialogues and emotions, they bounced off each other, especially the fighting scenes. I was glad to see that the fight scenes were not too overly exaggerated, apart from one or two instances, but in general the action was enthralling and realistic, unlike many other movies that go overboard with action.
- Watching Shareek really gave back that feeling of missing India, Punjab, and the village. Of course that is only when the on screen family feud is not happening. The film showed suitable scenery and visuals that make this Punjabi film stick to the roots.
- Just a couple of scenes were a let down, a minimal let down but they were quite obvious to the viewers mind. Firstly, when Jassa (Jimmy Sheirgill) takes Agam (Simar Gill) abroad, the scene changes to a British Airways plane landing, no significance given to the passport, visa or tickets, I totally understand the runtime in the movie may not have allowed this to be possible, but a touch of importance should have been given to it rather than just flipping scenes to the next destination. Secondly, the battle between Jassa and Dara (Mukul Dev) at the end on the field, they point guns at one another and run towards each other and have a stand off in the middle. Why did you run all the way to the middle and still not shoot? It was not believable; it raises questions, what was the need to do all that. Thirdly, throughout the movie one or another ends up being killed, yet lack of police involvement is shown. Getting away with murder this easily? This was really evident and always crosses your mind when an attack is taking place.
- JIMMY SHEIRGILL (Jassa) – Probably one of his best performances in a long time. He delivered a power packed performance, whether through his dialogues or from his on screen action scenes, Jimmy played Jassa so satisfactory, that you have to appreciate for such presence. His dialogues were strong and his character development is portrayed perfectly. Having him step up in frame makes the scene light up, as you know something fascinating will happen next. There was always that anticipation with him being on screen. Whenever he is not on screen then you do miss his character, that is the type of importance he leaves on the audiences because he was fitting for the film and his presence makes Shareek even better.
- MAHIE GILL (Jassi) – Mahie does well with her role, she starts of as this strong female and as the film moved forwards she became a tired lady stuck in between this feud. I thought her love chemistry with Jimmy Sheirgill gave the film an extra emotion and it was noticeable, was good to see them both back on screen together once again.
- MUKUL DEV (Dara) – A brilliant actor who walked shoulder to shoulder with Jimmy. They both took this film to a dominant climax. Mukul performed just as good and his fierce mentality in the film allowed his villain role to be an impressive one. If anyone could be on the same level with Jimmy in this movie in terms of performances, then it is Mukul Dev. He too was given some strong and fiery dialogues that allowed his character to become inescapable.
- GUGGU GILL (Surjeet) – Played a good role in being the support for Jimmy, just that has kept him in the film, he reaches out for Jassa whenever needed, he comforts and he motivates and pushes Jassa to do what is needed, therefore his role is significant.
- SIMAR GLL (Ekam & Agam) – A good debut for the newcomer, even with a double role, it was short on screen, just a couple of notable performance, but rest of his presence gets sunk in because he is around Jimmy majority of the times and that overshadows Simar. But he did well enough to add more to the movie.
The soundtrack is one to cherish with a mixture of emotions coming from the selected tracks. It begins with a beautiful ballad by the talented rising singer Mickey Singh with the song ‘Dil Kafiraa’. An amazing voice really does compliment the emotions shown within the eyes of Jimmy in the video. The song sure is an instant hit and one to keep repeated on the loop. Next is ‘Mainu Ishq Lagaa’ sung by Shaukat Ali Matoi, Sanj. V and Shipra Goyal. This is a beautiful romantic soulful number that gives you the sense of what chemistry is to come ahead between the two leads. The mood swings from emotional and romantic towards more tension based. We hear ‘Shareeke Baazi’ sung by Sippy Gill, this one gives much more of an action and fighting based vibe through some of the lyrics and backdrop of music scoring inputted within the soundtrack. Despite the change in mood, this song is really catchy and one that you would like. ‘Mere Saiyaan’ sung by Javed Bashir actually brings back a feel and memories of back home, just the way the music begins, it seems as if it is a journey of travelling and cherishing the past or childhood, a favorite for sure. ‘Pangey’ sung by Preet Harpal is a dance number, totally changing the complex of what the whole album so far provided. It is upbeat but requires several listens before become a listen, unlike the rest that were straight hit with the listeners. Simerjit Kumar provides us with a song that would leave any Panjabi movie incomplete if it never was added to the list. ‘Boliya’ is always a major influence for a Panjabi film that is committed as a whole towards the village. Overall a fantastic album that begins with emotional and heartwarming songs, which then proceeds to go towards a much more of a action atmosphere before setting a rap up for the soundtrack towards more of a upbeat and dancing numbers.
Overall I would rate Shareek 4/5. The film has shown realism and not a story to try and help sell a film like most films in the cinema tend to do. This was a complete film with a realistic story to show the audience, the older audiences would believe in this story much more than the younger audience, but in return it is a story that will teach the younger audience of what goes on back home sometimes because dispute within families is a major concern. I felt that this film portrayed that really well and it was a fantastic well-made film that would keep you eager to watch till the end. Acting was brilliant and screenplay was one of the best well written movies in a very long time. You can’t find too many criticism for the film, despite the few pointers of negatives, the film is a must see, you will walk away with so much to ponder upon and appreciate.