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Sara Ali’s Determination Shines Through in Lackluster Film: IANS Rating **

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) – In the film world, historical accuracy is often sacrificed for storytelling purposes. Director Kannan Iyer’s ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’ uses the 1942 Quit India Movement as a backdrop to showcase the lesser-known story of Usha Mehta, a young rebel who broadcasts anti-British messages via an underground radio station.

Mehta’s character is portrayed by Sara Ali Khan, who leads a group of young people in defying the British authorities during the Quit India Movement. With the help of her friends Fahad and Kaushik, Mehta’s radio rebellion gains momentum, provoking common folk to rise against the British rule.

As the story unfolds, viewers are introduced to various characters who play pivotal roles in the fight for Independence. The film does not shy away from showcasing the challenges faced by the young freedom fighters as they struggle to counter the brutal regime led by a determined British police officer named John Lyre.

Throughout the narrative, the importance of communication and empowerment through news is highlighted. Mehta accuses the British authorities of spreading false information, emphasizing the need to reveal the truth to the people. The film also touches upon themes of love, unity, and revolution, urging viewers to stand up for what is right.

While Sara Ali Khan’s performance is commendable, the slow-moving execution and lackluster drama may leave audiences wanting more. However, Sparsh Srivastava and Abhay Verma deliver standout performances, adding depth to the storyline. Additionally, the film’s cinematography and music score enhance the overall viewing experience.

‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’ offers a unique perspective on India’s freedom struggle, shedding light on the unsung heroes who played a vital role in shaping the nation’s history. Despite its shortcomings, the film manages to capture the essence of patriotism and the fight for truth and freedom.

Film: Ae Watan Mere Watan (Streaming on Amazon Prime Video)
Duration: 133 minutes
Cast: Sara Ali Khan, Swarup Srivastava, Anand Verma, Sachin Khedekar, Emraan Hashmi
Director: Kannan Iyer
Cinematography: Amalendu Chaudhary
Music: Mukund Suryawanshi, Akashdeep Sengupta, Shashi Suman
IANS Rating: **



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