It is little late to write a review on this movie. But it’s better late than never. Aamir Khan movie came after a long time and it’s worth a dissection. Though there is nothing outstanding but it does touch several issues that had existed. The intention was good but it felt like this movie was the combination of all episodes of Satyameva Jayate. This story touched all issues like female infanticide, domestic violence, gender biases, child marriage, dowry, women empowerment, divorce and love jihad. But like Satyameva Jayate came 5-6 years ago, this movie should have been made about ten years ago. Probably, it would have been much more relevant back then. In today’s time, who doesn’t have an internet, laptop or mobile phone? If someone has the money to buy a ‘guitar’, then why can’t she buy a laptop etc? Why does Inisya need to travel twice to Mumbai? She traveled to Mumbai twice and it went unnoticed? She flew to Mumbai and came back after recording in the studio within school hours? Those scenes defy logic. The irony is that this is Aamir Khan’s production.
The climax of the movie doesn’t carry much weight. Not strong enough reasons for Inisya to give up everything and follow mother’s footsteps. She was ready to sacrifice her dreams, logic, and talent so that she could stand by her mother. And the mother’s realization towards the end was way too short and quick. The movie was pacig slow in the beginning, therefore towards the end it felt like rushing. Again, the logic was missing at many places. What really triggered her mother to speak at the airport and not at the time when she was getting beaten to death? One could predict the whole movie after watching the first 30mins. The lyrics of the songs may be good but the music was unbearable. Given that this movie was targeted to a younger audience, it should have had some catchy tunes. These days, the music directors don’t pay much attention to lyrics and music, as rightly pointed out in the movie.
Some positive were Aamir Khan’s acting. His quirky character of an abusive music director, was humorous and entertaining. But there were many scenes where his stardom overpowered him. This is his film and he was trying harder and that was quite evident.
The character Inisya played by Zaira Wasim was fabulous. She proved her top-notch acting skills once again (after Dangal). She acted as if there was no camera around. Her burkha clad Secret SuperStar character was inspired by many Youtube singing sensation of this age. Her acting was natural and she made it look real. A lot of scenes were shot without makeup. And that made her look simple and relatable.
The mother played by Meher Vij was cute and played her part well. After playing a convincing role of a mother in Bajrangi Bhaijan, this was her second big appearance. She has shown tremendous potential to be a new age, Nirupa Roy. The scene where the mother-daughter duo was enjoying TV during dinner when everyone in the house goes to bed, is straight from middle-class households in the country.
The love angle shown between Inisya and her classmate was useless. There was no point and no need to be in the movie. Even then, the boy had some good punches in his part.
The movie showed a bond between mother and daughter and it came out quite well. And it was backed by some good acting skills. But other than that, the movie was quite an average. I would suggest, you can wait to watch it on TV if you are not a ardent moviegoer.
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