Soorma (transl. Warrior; Hindi pronunciation: [suːɾmaː]) is a 2018 Indian biographical sports drama film based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh. Directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Sony Pictures Networks India and C.S. Films, the film stars Diljit Dosanjh, Angad Bedi and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles. It was released theatrically on 13 July 2018.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Soorma emerged as a commercial success grossing ₹470 million (US$6.6 million) worldwide on a budget of ₹310 million (US$4.3 million).
In 1994, at Shahbad Hockey Centre, a young Sandeep Singh and his older brother, Bikram Singh are seen undergoing a punishment by their coach Kartar Singh, who is a strict disciplinarian trainer. As a result of that, Sandeep decides to quit hockey. As a grown young man, he meets Harpreet Kaur, a budding female hockey player who practices the sport at the same centre. They both develop an interest in each other. With intent of catching up with Harpreet, Sandeep joins the Hockey Centre again. He starts to become good at his game. Meanwhile, Sandeep and Harpreet develop a love affair. The coach, who is Harpreet’s uncle, finds out about their relationship and physically assaults Sandeep. Bikram, who had been constantly working for selection to the Indian Hockey Team, fails to make it to India camp. Bikram finds out that his brother is exceptionally good at drag flick and helps him get to the Indian team, where he practices under the coach Harry. He goes on to become the highest scorer at Six Nation Series in Poland in 2006. After his success, the media terms him “Flicker Singh”. He also gets a job offer. However, Harpeet’s uncle still heatedly agrees to accept him as a suitable husband for his niece.
In the same year, while leaving for Hockey World Cup, on a train, he is accidentally shot in his lower back and is paralyzed in the lower half of his body. The news of his never being able to play hockey again starts circulating in the media. Sandeep is now confined to a wheelchair and his family, especially Bikram, takes care of his nursing needs. In 2007, supported by Indian Hockey Federation, Sandeep is moved to the Netherlands, where, due to intensive therapy for a year, he recovers from his injury and starts playing again. He joins the 2008 India Hockey Camp in New Delhi. He is seen at the 2009 Commonwealth Championship in London, where Harpreet comes by to watch the game. Sandeep, who earlier used to get distracted by Harpreet’s presence, manages to score the winning goal, indicating that he is now actually playing for India and not for seeking Harpreet’s love. In the closing scene, archive footage of the actual player is seen where Sandeep Singh gets the 2010 Arjuna Award from the President of India.
Diljit Dosanjh as Sandeep “Sunny” Singh
Agam Singh as Young Sandeep Singh
Tapsee Pannu as Harpreet
Angad Bedi as Bikramjeet Singh
Amritpal Singh as Young Bikramjeet Singh
Amit Gaur as Ajit, Harpreet’s Brother
Satish Kaushik as Gurcharan Singh (Sandeep Singh’s father)
Seema Kaushal as Daljeet Kaur (Sandeep Singh’s mother)
Danish Husain as Coach Kartar Singh
Jasmin Bajwa as Minaxi Singh
Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Chairman of Indian Hockey Federation
Vijay Raaz as Harry (Sandeep Singh’s Coach)
Jimmy Moses as Joseph Lobo (Sandeep Singh’s Assistant Coach)
Bikramjeet Singh (Sandeep Singh’s real brother) as Tanveer (Pakistani Rival of Sandeep Singh)
Frazer Gerrard as an angry, Polish hockey player