Jogi – released Friday on Netflix – is a kind of fictional biopic, recounting the horrors of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi. The star of this project is singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh, who guides us through a thrilling tale, which sees him grow from an ordinary student to a target of choice; solely on the basis of conspiracies related to his faith. Interestingly, the actor had previously tackled a similar subject, via the feature film Punjab 1984, although it was mostly set in the aftermath of said events.
It’s clear that Jogi serves as a passion project for Dosanjh, which marks his digital streaming debut with Netflix. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film will explore a fictional story of three friends – different religions – who orchestrate the greatest human heist, escorting friends and family from Delhi to Mohali, Punjab in cramped trucks. For the uninitiated, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi were sparked by the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. This shocked locals, triggering a nationwide massacre, with an estimated 2,800 Sikhs dead in Delhi alone.
Needless to say, tackling such a political subject requires a sensitive approach. Zafar’s latest venture, Tandav – now streaming on Amazon Prime Video – has sparked controversy, for allegedly depicting Hindu gods in a way that hurts religious feelings. With Jogithe filmmaker took steps to present the story authentically, stating that his team had no censorship guidelines for Tandav.
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“With Jogi, Many things have changed. As creators, we have to understand that we have to be a little sensitive about how we approach a story in front of an audience today. It was a learning experience for us. We don’t want anyone to be offended,” he said in an interview. “With Jogiwe were very, very careful and I hope the public will give it nothing but love.
With that, here’s everything you need to know about Netflix Jogi.
Jogi release date and time
Jogi premieres September 16 at 12:00 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. IST exclusively on Netflix worldwide. It will require a subscription plan, starting at Rs. 149 for mobile and Rs. 199 for the basic plan, which allows you to stream on a TV or laptop, but only in SD resolution.
Udta Punjab-famous Dosanjh plays the titular Jogi, a well-behaved student who cares and supports his large family. The banter is cut short when riots break out in Delhi, forcing them to split up and place targets behind them. When he talks about a plan to transport his people to a safe haven, Punjab, he even goes against his faith by cutting his hair to blend in with those who hurt his people.
Joining him on the crusade is Rawinder Chautala, a low-ranking police officer, who has developed a bond with Jogi’s family. Performed by Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub (Section 15), the loyal friend comes up with the plan to escort hundreds of Sikhs, while using his connections as a cop to provide safe transportation, and in the process, beat up unsuspecting thugs.
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As the city of Delhi goes up in flames, another key figure, Kaleem, rises to the occasion, leading Jogi’s family through hordes of angry men, armed with torches. Played by Paresh Pahuja (Tandav), the trailer hints that he creates some kind of distraction, so that Sikhs taking refuge in the nearby Gurdwara can board the trucks without fear.
Kumud Mishra (Sooryavanshi) is ranked fourth on the list as Tejpal, a corrupt politician, who acts solely on emotions. Upon hearing the news of Indira Gandhi’s death, he orders a tally of Sikh names from the voting list. Tejpal appears to have sparked the riots by instructing a group of masked hooligans to set fire to all homes and properties that have a Punjabi nameplate attached.
Other notable inclusions are Amyra Dastur as Jogi’s love interest Kammo, and Hiten Tejwani as Lali, an ally of Jogi and the other Sikhs. Information regarding the family is quite sparse, with all being treated as minor characters. Strange, given that the Netflix trailer portrays them as a key driving force in the story, with plenty of screen time.
Here is the official synopsis of Jogi from Netflix:
Jogi unfolds the story of a resilient friendship and courage in times of adversity, set in Delhi in 1984. The film is an exciting and moving journey through the fighting spirit of three friends united. It is titled by Diljit Dosanjh, Kumud Mishra, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Hiten Tejwani and Amyra Dastur, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Ali Abbas Zafar.
Netflix unveiled the trailer for Jogi on August 30, highlighting the pleasant family dynamics and budding romance, which were put to rest once the riots began. He went into great detail, showing brief glimpses of the torture and discrimination Sikh individuals had to endure – even forcing Jogi to throw off his turban. Thankfully the trailer ends on a somewhat bittersweet note, we see our hero punching the politician who started the deal and ultimately marching back to his native Punjab.
It’s unclear when the first reviews are expected. Based on previous Indian Netflix Originals, reviews are generally embargoed until release time.
Here is the official poster of Jogi from Netflix: