The trailer for Ali Abbas Zafar’s upcoming film Jogi was released on Tuesday morning. The film, set in the midst of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, stars Diljit Dosanjh in the title role along with Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Kumud Mishra and Hiten Tejwni. The trailer shows the harrowing journey of Jogi from Diljit, who must ensure that he can get his family and friends out of Delhi and away from the rioters while the clock is ticking. Also read: Jogi Preview: Diljit Dosanjh will do anything to save his family during the 1984 riots
The trailer begins with a montage of Diljit’s Jogi enjoying breakfast with his family in Delhi in 1984. Scenes show his happy and carefree life at home and at university. Then a wide shot shows the shot with the sound of three shots, signaling the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A man on the phone (Kumud Mishra) asks someone for a list of voters and asks them to “mark all the names.” The trailer then shows burning vehicles and riots, with Jogi and a friend being harassed by people on the bus for ‘being sardaars’. A policeman, played by Zeeshan Ayyub, tells Jogi that the whole city will burn and that he must take ‘his people from him’ and escape to Punjab.
The next scene shows Jogi with short hair reuniting with his family in an emotional moment, telling them there was no other way. He now he must take all his neighborhood secretly to Mohali in Punjab to escape from the rioters. The trailer ends with a cornered Jogi taking on some rioters in a visceral and violent fight, followed by shots of him taking people out of Delhi.
Fans praised the trailer’s intensity and Diljit’s presence. Many commented that it was great to see a mainstream movie dealing with such a touchy subject. “I’m glad this theme has found a way into mainstream cinema,” one fan wrote. Another commented: “Kudos to the Netflix content team for bringing this up on mainstream OTT. Hopefully, the film will stay true to the facts.”
Many fans praised Diljit’s bold choice in making this movie. One fan wrote, “Congratulations on your courage Diljit. It is not just a movie, but feelings of humanity.” Others commented that they were glad that the actor was finally showing off his range now. “I always thought he could only do comedy movies but seeing his intense performance in this and even Punjab 1984 shows how good Diljit is as an actor,” one fan wrote.
Jogi, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, will premiere on Netflix on September 16. The film’s synopsis describes it as a “story that celebrates friendship, courage, and hope.”