“It’s not about how hard you can hit but how hard you can get hit and still keep moving forward.”
Directed by Shaad Ali, Soorma is an exceptional film based on the life of international hockey player Sandeep Singh. The film provides a breathtaking narrative of how a man can overcome the biggest challenges of life and emerge victorious at the end. After an accidental gunshot injury leaving our hero paralyzed and wheelchair-bound for two years, the film reiterates the struggle and hardship Singh faced and finally made a comeback to the Indian hockey team.
Surviving the vicissitudes of fate, Sandeep led India to victory in the 2009 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. The film reigns on the familiar sentiment of never giving up no matter what, and subtly brings out the epic clash between man and his fate. It is a story of one of the greatest comebacks in the history of mankind and serves as a testament that no matter how hard we fall, all we have to do is find the courage and determination within us to get back up.
Although the film is about a hockey player, all of us can relate and draw inspiration from this heroic tale as everyone at some point in their lives have faced similar challenges where the stakes are too high. These challenges make up to be the definitive moments of our lives – where throwing in the towel might be an easy way out, but not surrendering to our fate might just change our lives completely. While it is normal to become a victim of your circumstances, the film shows that it is possible to beat the odds and shine bright like the lone star in the night sky. Your circumstances don’t make you who you are; they simply reveal what you have chosen to be.
Nothing is certain in these times. Kings get reduced to beggars overnight. You can have everything today yet nothing tomorrow. Although everyone wants to avoid hardships, it is only in times of hardship where we get to know our true friends. Our hero lost the ability to walk and alongside, started seeing the darker sides of life. Few lost faith and deserted him. But his family held him strong. Up and above of all negativity or fall-backs. Theirconstant push and the benevolent support from his brother made him stand through the toughest of times.
Still, he was able to come back from that terrifying pit of darkness vindicating that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. It is okay to break down and have trouble finding hope in difficult times, but it is also important to remember that we fall so that we can learn to get back up.
Similarly, even if you have scored less in the final exams, don’t break down! Rise up with true grit and stronger resilience, because nothing is lost! There is always a chance of counterattack which can make you come out as a winner in the end. It is not the fall, but the zeal to rise up from it and excel against all odds is what crafts our character and being in the long run of life.
We must not forget that happiness can be found in the darkest of times only if one remembers to turn on the light. Maybe the secret to pass through all the trials and tribulations of life is just a simple three-worded sentence, “Never Lose Hope”.