Sardar Ka Grandson ending explained – what happened to Sardar after returning to her native home?

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: May 18, 2021
ending of the Netflix film Sardar Ka Grandson

This article discusses the ending of the Netflix film Sardar Ka Grandson, so it will contain major spoilers.

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Netflix’s latest Hindi film Sardar Ka Grandson has a quite straightforward ending. But yet at the end, it has a sequence that is quite beautiful. Though I’m not too fond of the film itself, the ending scenes are one of the rare positive points in the film.

At the end of the film, we see Amreek, at last, bringing Sardar to their native home from Pakistan to India. He brings Sardar inside the house, and she encounters both her past self as a young woman and her dead husband in some flashbacks.

Now, as I said, this scene is one of the rare positive points in the film. It is executed quite well in comparison to the other scenes. With fine editing and satisfactory acting by Aditi Rao Hydari, John Abraham, and Nina Gupta, it’s quite emotional (compared to the other emotionless cringy scenes). But what is the need to use the flashback device?

In my opinion, this ending scene can be described as the “homecoming of memories” from the past for Sardar. So, to juxtapose the past and the present, the flashback device is used to enhance the emotional quotient in the scene. When she enters the house, she sees her younger self doing her job as a homemaker (through the flashback device). Her younger self then looks towards her (the present self) and smiles as she (younger self) is waiting for her to come home after a long period of time. Then she watches silently at all her past days spent in the house through her younger self absorbed into a ball of nostalgia. Both the good and the worst scenarios she faced as a young woman can be recalled here, including her husband’s death by the rioters. And by recalling that, she breaks down into tears and complains about why he had gone. At that time, her husband emerges right in front of her and kisses her forehead. After a long wait, they have met at last.

This ending sequence of Sardar Ka Grandson summarizes the whole idea of the story. The wait comes to an end by bringing the memories of Sardar that she reminisces every day for 70 years. The void in her heart has been filled as she meets with her old house and the memories she had left behind many, many years back.

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