Jogi The official trailer is out now. Netflix has released some new footage for the upcoming Diljit Dosanjh-led social issue drama ahead of its September 16 premiere. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar (Sultan), the film revolves around “resilient friendship and courage” during the conflict of 1984. Sikh riots in Delhi. Zafar co-wrote the screenplay with Sukhmani Sadana, who previously wrote Rocketry: The Numby Effect. The trailer was first released on Monday at an event in Mumbai before hitting YouTube and online platforms.
A two-minute trailer for Jogi Takes us on a roller coaster ride — from healthy family relationships to glimpses of romance and then terrifying riots. Dosanjh plays the title role of Jogi, a Delhi-based Punjabi college student with his whole life ahead of him. A phone call cuts the jovial tone of Jogi’s trailer, as an unnamed politician (Kumud Mishra) orders a list of names from the electoral roll. This of course refers to all Sikh residents of Delhi.
The assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984 led to the cessation of anti-Sikh protests in Delhi. This upset the locals, leading to the death of around 2,800 Sikhs in Delhi alone and a nationwide massacre. Under the leadership of Dosanjh Jogi Dramatizes events told from the perspective of an innocent Punjabi family, as they overcome hardship and discrimination through no fault of their own. The trailer shows a group of men carrying flaming torches and setting fire to all the Sikh houses and properties. There is also a small glimpse of Jogi being beaten up in a public bus – “You have wronged us by being a Sikh!” shouts one of the attackers.
As the whole of Delhi burns, Jogi takes it upon himself to save his family and take them back to Punjab, the safest place under the circumstances. But Jogi perseveres and decides to stay in the melee, even cutting his hair to blend in with the hunters of his race. “I had no choice, mother,” he says to his heartbroken mother. Getting together with two friends, — played by Mohammed. Zeeshan Ayyub and Hiten Tejwani — Jogis prepare for the biggest human heist, traveling in a rugged truck all the way from Delhi to Mohali, Punjab.
“Jogi is a story of friendship, hope, courage and brotherhood and explores the complexities and vulnerabilities of human relationships. Shooting with the cast and crew of Jogi was a huge highlight for me and we are happy to finally bring our passion project to the screen, said Zafar, director and producer. Jogithe Netflix film stars Amyra Dastur and Paresh Pahuja (Tandav) as the romantic interest.
Jogi Releases September 16, exclusively on Netflix.