‘Secret Superstar’ Movie Review

Secret Super

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.



Harry Met Sejal Movie Review

Harry met sejal

Like I said in my earlier post, I post reviews only if I have loved it or hated it. And it is by chance that I had reasons to write reviews for last two consecutive posts.

By now, you must have heard about the most awaited Shah Rukh Khan and Imtiaz Ali movie “Harry Met Sejal“. I am an Imtiaz Ali Fan. Most of his movies are based on similar plot, boy meets girl, they have some fun in the first half and then the second half is all about realization. I also ended up liking Tamasha (which most people disliked) At least it had some freshness. He was trying to do something different which may not have come out exactly how he planned. I have a high threshold of tolerance for his movies. But ‘Harry Met Sejal” is an absolute torture. I really want to ask Imtiaz, why?! Was it the lack of script or the pressure of handling super star. This movie is a hotchpotch of DDLJ, Jab we met, YJHD and all of his last releases. The theme may have worked 20-25 years ago. It’s not gullible now. We are watching SRK for thousands of years and he has been relentless in his performance. We still enjoy his acting in gheecy-Pitty situations. But this movie was such a drag that in last 45mins, I was dozing off. Desperately waiting for the movie to end.

The movie starts showing SRK as a tour guide. And I kept wondering how come a tour- guide has a swanky convertible car and an alishan (grandeur) ghar. If tour guides in the foreign country earn that much, we all should start thinking of changing our profession. I had many questions during the movie – Why Sejal was so dumb? Like, when will they stop showing girls dumb onscreen? Why Sejal had such strong Gujarati accent? Don’t the diamond merchant’s daughter go to convent schools? Why Sejal wanted to follow Harry to a bar soon after she hired him to find her lost engagement ring? Why was she swaying her body and seducing Harry inside the bar? Was she attracted to him? They had just met! This movie is so dumb that it can’t be expressed in words. There is no story and if there is, it is wafer thin. After watching the whole movie, I kept wondering why were they showing flashbacks of Harry’s village? What is it that was bothering him? I mean what was the climax of the movie!

I can go on like this for the rest of the review. By now you have a fair idea of why this movie is so difficult to watch. I was so inflated of boredom that it felt like I was going to burst anytime. Every scene in the movie has been stolen from some of his old movies. How come a bizarre concept like a girl stayed back in a foreign country along, just to find a ring! She had all the money in the world to travel places all over again, JUST to find her engagement ring. C’mon! She would have spent more money in looking for the ring than the value of ring itself. Ultimately what happens, the ring was in her bag! By now, I was like ….


She found the ring. But instead of going back home, she decided to go to his friend’s wedding. Why? Emotion, Emotion, Way too much emotions to handle. Emotions that failed to get audience emotional.

Songs and dance were so misfitting that it felt like instead of putting the buttons at the right place, it was put all over the shirt. The songs were not catchy and looked so pointless. Very unlike SRK and Imtiaz’s movies.

I forgot to mention, the weirdest of all was that Sejal was hugging and sleeping with Harry throughout the trip and for no good reason. Every time Harry expressed his like/concern, she said her fiancée is waiting in Mumbai and her life is just so perfect there. In one of the scenes, she actually says that she is honeymooning with Harry before her marriage. I mean, like seriously, don’t trust your ENGAGED daughter, sister, fiancee with traveling abroad because zabardasti, she may be meeting a tourist guide and end up falling in love. This is exactly like justifying a Delhi’s upper middle-class girl running away with her driver (with all due respect to the profession).

Matlab yaar, I can just go on and on about the disastrous movie. I was bloating to write this review and save few lives this weekend. I can’t believe I lost 3 hours of sleep in a hurry to catch SRK movie on day 1. So, in case you are planning to watch a movie this weekend, find some other movie. This movie doesn’t deserve to be watched. I refuse to give any star to this disaster. Very disappointed.