Review: Sanjay Dutt shortchanged by production team
Friday, September 22, 2017 16:35 IST
By JD Ghai, Santa Banta News Network
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sharad Kelkar, Sidhant Gupta

Director: Omung Kumar

Ratings: *1/2

Reputation precedes everything else, and it's more true about the filmy world than anything else. Bhoomi is one such movie where everything has been solely rested on it. And what you would do with this reputation totally rests on you. Let's see whether Bhoomi lives up to this reputation based on the past record of Umung Kumar and the star cast.

Bhoomi is based on the story of a widower Arun Sachdeva a.k.a. Baba (Sanjay Dutt) who is a doting father to Bhoomi (Aditi Rao Hydari). A few emotional scenes build up this reputation. Arun loves to exercise in the morning and loves to get groggy in the evening, and he sustains his small family of two by running a Jutti (traditional shoe) store at Agra.

Bhoomi is into Event Management and as a result, is a night owl. She is engaged to his boyfriend Dr. Neeraj (Sidhant Gupta). This handsome couple even shares the love for the benefit of the audience by singing and performing a song. So far so good.

Enter Vishal (Puru Chibber) who indulges in one-sided love with Bhoomi. And he even reiterates it two days before the wedding to Bhoomi, which she rejects steadfastly with a tight slap on Vishal's face.

He turns to his Uncle Dhauli (Sharad Kelkar). Dhauli, a convincing villain loves to engage in his favourite of Hide and Chick, where the winner gets to keep the chick for the night. The don aided by his nephew, Ghulam (Veer Aryan a.k.a. Hanif Hilal) not only egg Vishal to perform an audacious task of raping Bhoomi, but also indulge in it. Vishal and Ghulam are shown to be cousins and I wonder how?ge in it.

Bhoomi survives the ordeal but takes the brave step of sharing the gory details to his fiancee who has descended on Sachdeva's house with the Barat. Neeraj and his family walk off the wedding and when Baba knows about this misfortune chooses to file a police case.

When Dhauli learns of the complaint, he again abducts Bhoomi and on his part, along with his accomplices kill Bhoomi. This act is enacted to fill the missing link which is a twist in the tale, revealed in the latter half. Somehow Bhoomi survives.

The case goes to the court and trial, which Baba claims to be another rape executed on her daughter by the advocate, Advocate (Vibha Chibbar) and the perpetrators of the crime. And it is for this reason, he decides to withdraw it so as to mitigate the suffering inflicted on the daughter and father duo.

The story takes twists and turns and eventually Bhoomi is seen telling his father to put an end to everything. Then another story of revenge begins, and the climax sees the usual ending, not before the audience is constantly tortured by poor story and screenplay. No wonder story is bad and its execution all the more horrendous since a successful Producer, Sandeep Singh decides to pen it.

Sunny Leone's item song is part of the celebration by the troika after the succesful murder. But Censor Board's scissors chopped off quite a bit and left the audience wondering about the need of it. If rapes could be picturised how could the song sequence be perverted? Or is it that where rape is repulsive, item song is inviting. I let teh audience take a call on it.

Screenplay suffers the same fate. Raaj Shaandilyaa, a story writer of Comedy Circus decides to execute the Screenplay and Dialogues. He not only executes the Screenplay but literally executes the movie. Since he has donned the cap of being the writer of Comedy Circus, a few doses of laughter in the first half are appreciable. Editing shall surely take the cake when it would come to Box Office failure. And three people come together to ensure this pathetic outcome. They are Vasudevan Kothandath, Jayesh Shikarkhane and Jayant Verma. And why not? They have been promoted for their loyalty to Omung Kumar as movie crew for successful ventures of Omung Kumar like Sarbjit, Mary Kom and Toilet - Ek Prem Katha.

The saving grace for the movie at the backend is music by Ismail Darbar and singing by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Neha Kakkar, Benny Dayal, Brijesh Shandilya, Badshah and a host of others.

The direction is equally pathetic. I am sure Umung Kumar has no role to play in it as this kind of direction from him is inconceivable.

This movie would surely have got only half a star but for the acting of Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao Hydari and Sharad Kelkar apart from all the others who performed their task to perfection. So I am going with 1 and a half star!
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