What is the story about?
Major Deependra Singh Sengar is a proud member of the Special Forces serving the country, as he battles militants in Kashmir. During an operation, he gets shot. After being operated upon, he is told by doctors he will never be able to walk again. The rest of the story addresses the question—will he manage to overcome his handicap and regain his fighting spirit?
In a country where biopics and dramas talking about love for the nation abound, it could have been very easy to dismiss Jeet Ki Zid as another web-series attempting to milk patriotism and the Kashmir militancy for dramatic value, but this series is different. Nationalistic fervour acts as a background for one man’s fight with his own demons. Based on the remarkable life of Major Deependra Singh Sengar and his wife Jaya, this series chronicles in detail how Deep’s biggest battle was not with militants or even with the CAT exam, which he ultimately aced, but it was with his handicap and the resulting depression. Director Vishal Mangalorkar and writer Siddharth Mishra wisely leaves the major heavy-lifting to Deep’s remarkable story and tells it in an engaging manner. The episodes are also bolstered by monologues by the real-life Deep and Jaya, who recount the events of their lives at the end of every episode during the end-credits.
It’s Amit Sadh’s show all the way, as he sheds blood and sweat to bring Deep to life. Cocky, arrogant and short-tempered, Deep is another iteration of a character Sadh can portray very well, but this time the actor invests his character with more vulnerability, and that augurs well for the show. Amrita Puri lends solid support as Jaya, Deep’s wife. Sushant Singh is terrific as Col. Ranjeet Chaudhary, Deep’s Special Forces instructor, who goads him to rediscover his spirit. Paritosh Sand and Mrinal Kulkarni are okay as Deep’s parents. Aly Goni, who is currently contesting Bigg Boss 14, does well as Suraj, Deep’s batchmate at IMA, Dehradun.
Music & Other Departments
Diptarka Bose’s score, including the title track which he croons himself, is unnecessarily bombastic at times. Akhilesh Shrivastava’s camerawork captures the beauty of the mountains very well.
The last couple of episodes where Deep decides to rebuild his life and confidence, are the best part. There is a scene where Deep decides to use crutches to get up from his bed, instead of the wheelchair he is used to, and it is brilliantly done by Sadh.
Even though Deep’s life is explored in detail, two sequences seem very under-explored—Deep and Maya’s courtship before his injury, and his life after completing his MBA. These scenes act almost as an after-thought on the part of the makers.
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?
In spite of its flaws, this is a series that is deeply appreciative of its subject and is meant to inspire and entertain. Go for it.