Saandh ki Aankh Movie Review: The inspirational biopic hits the bulls eye

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Highlights

  • ‘Saandh ki aankh’ film featuring Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu has hit the theatres today.
  • The film has been helmed by Tushar Hiranandani and dialogues have been penned by Jagdeep Sindhu.
  • The film is a based on lives of two sexagenarian women who went on two become the most proclaimed sharpshooters of the nation.

Cast

  • Bhumi Pednekar
  • Taapsee Pannu 
  • Prakash Jha
  • Vineet Kumar
  • Shaad Randhawa
  • Kuldeep Sareen
  • Pawan Chopra
  • Himanshu Sharma
  • Navneet Srivastava
  • Nikhat Khan
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The film based on the life of India’s oldest sharpshooters, Chandro and Prakashi Tomar hailing from Jhori village in Uttar Pradesh. The story showcases their journey as newly weds, producing lots of babies, involving in household chores and spending almost sixty years of their life without any goals and ambitions. Inspire of hating their lives, they had to accept the patriarchal norms of the society.

In their sixties they hold a gun for the first time and discover their skill to hit the bull’s eye. After that both of them kept on participating and winning competitions. The men in the house were unaware of their victories and achievements. They also encourage their granddaughters Shefali and Pritha Bakshi to follow their dreams. But things weren’t as hunk-dory as it may seem from the outside, and what followed next were multiple face-offs, confrontations with the men in the house.

The film showcases the harsh reality of deep rooted patriarchy which is still prevailing in many small towns in India. In the beginning of the film, the men tell the women in their house to keep their face covered with dupattas that too of different colors so that they can identify their respective wives. Men of the house are shown smoking hukkah in verandah.

The actors have portrayed their roles with utmost conviction. The camaraderie between the leads- Bhumi and Taapsee makes the audience actually wonder whether they are sister in laws in real life. They wear tinted shades, drink champagne, dance like no one’s watching and struggle to speak English and yet enjoy it. There is trust, respect and love in abundance.

Taapsee Pannu who has established herself in the industry by proving her acting prowess through films like Mulk, Game Over and Pink has proved her acting prowess time and again, Bhumi who has portrayed non-glamorous roles in movies like Sonchiriya, Toilet-ek prem Katha who nailed it with their act in the movie. With their stellar performances they have proved all of those people who raised their voice against the casting of the film.

There needs to be a special mention for ace-filmmaker-Prakash Jha who is portraying the role of family patriarch Ratan Singh. He does full justice to the the negative part. Sara and Pritha also bring freshness on screen with their performances. Vineet wasn’t as impressive ads he was in Mukkabaaz.

The only problem with the film is its slow pace. There were a couple of scenes that could have been scrapped from the first half to shorten it. The second half tries to cover a lot of ground quickly and offers a lot of shocking movements to the audiences.

Dialogues of the the film are worth applauding. The music of the film is also commendable. In short, the film is an out-an-out family entertainer. Celebrate womanhood as you take home a message that is inspiring but is still not imbibed by the society.

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