Friday, 19th February 11:55 AM IST
NEERJA Is Engaging Biopic About An Exceptionally Brave Soul
uneven direction, below par background score, cinematography is below average
Watch it for inspiring true story and good performances
Ram Madhvani made disastrous debut with Boman Irani starrer 'Let's Talk'. Then he went on to make some award winning advertisements and now he is back to film direction with Sonam Kapoor starrer 'Neerja'.
Saru, full name Saraswati, is an obedient daddy’s girl. Inder is a broody, massively-tattooed loner. And ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ , not to be confused with the ’82 film of the same name, is a manual of how Not to make a contemporary romantic film.
Picture this: a heavy-handed father who thunders, flinging out instructions on how wife and daughters ought to behave. Falling in love with an unsuitable boy, ‘aiyyo rama’. Acting on your own will, ‘parmeshwara’. Doing what your heart tells you to, ‘aaj se thum mere liye marr gayi’.
Which leaves Saru (Mawra Hocane) to smile, simper, weep. Hesitate. Propitiate. And to look at her stony-faced father (Chowdhary, trying very hard to be a credible South Indian patriarch and failing) who’d rather conduct a wake than understand his daughter’s desires, and wait for his ‘permission’ before she can take a step forward. (Read: Ghayal Once Again, Sanam Teri Kasam to clash at box-office today)
Inder (Harshwardhan Rane, armed with impressive bod, limited expression), who has daddy issues of his own, scowls and growls. The deep hurt caused by his dad is revealed much too late, and much too cursorily. The rest is filled by these two unlikely characters—Inder and Saru—developing feelings, over a brain tumour, impending tragedy, and more tears.
Film tells true inspiring story of an air hostess Neerja Bhanot and her jaw dropping brave tale during hijack of Pan Air flight. Story itself is so engaging and so inspiring that it keeps audience glued throughout.
Film has right treatment and there is no over dramatization. And on top of that good performances make it an engaging watch though there are few shortcomings in writing department. There is no effort to explore point of view of terrorists, 2nd half drags as film cuts to often to her past of troubled marriage.
Performance wise this is best performance of Sonam Kapoor till date. She tries her best to stay away from her glam diva image and puts her best foot forward. This might win her awards. Shabana Azmi is simply outstanding as mother and she brings a kind of intensity yet heart wrenching quality to the film. Shekhar Ravijani is average and so is other supporting cast.
Film has super story and good screenplay but dialogues are let down at places. Film has crisp editing. Music is good but then there are no role of songs in the film. Cinematography is below average, production design is perfect and costumes are apt.
Director Ram Madhvani has delivered an excellent film which is not only engaging but also entertaining. Hats off to director and producer for choosing such a topic and bringing this tale in limelight.
Film released today and it will get excellent reviews but it might not get huge opening as neither Sonam is big star nor film is typical commercial film. Film has clash at box office with urban romantic flick 'Loveshhuda' and few small releases but still it should come out as winner.
Go for this one if you want to witness an amazing true story about a brave woman!