Bhoomi Movie Review

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Vishal Verma By Vishal Verma | 18 Mar 2017 15:44:08.5070000 IST

Director of successful biopics like MARY KOM and SARBJIT, Omung Kumar's next, BHOOMI co-produced by audio and movie giants T-Series head honcho, Bhushan Kumar, does promise good, situational music, in keeping with the script. It also gives composers Sachin-Jigar a chance to redeem themselves after a disappointing show in A GENTLEMAN.

BHOOMI MOVIE POSTERS
BHOOMI MOVIE POSTERS

Just the first song on the playlist and one is certain that Sachin-Jigar are in form! Yes, the Rahat Fateh Ali Khan rendered 'Lag Ja Lage' is supremely sublime, thanks to a lovely rendition by Rahat, superb fresh tune with soothing sufi inspired backdrop (the background chorals and Hindustani-Western arrangements are delightful) and some nice lyrics (Priya). The song is almost in the same league as Rahat's DABANGG romantic numbers.

Sunny Leone is surely in demand and after a super hit item number, 'More Piya' (BAADSHAHO), it appears that she has another chartbuster to her credit with a dance bar number, 'Trippy Trippy', a song that is an ode to an alcoholic! A really rhythmic superb number with a fresh tune, the song is well rendered by Neha Kakkar with Benny Dayal, Brijesh Sandilya giving support and Badshah chipping in with his own rap.

Sachin Sanghvi showcases his vocal prowess through a lovely ghazal like composition, 'Kho Diya Hai', and despite a slow drawl tune, it never loses its hold on listeners due to some nice singing, lovely arrangements ('tabla', flute and guitars predominantly) and background chorals.

'Will You Marry Me' is a nice, interesting chhed-chhad propositioning wedding number which is rendered well by Jonita Gandhi and Divya Kumar. Anvita Dutt comes up with some humorous and novel lyrics which fits the situation.

'Daag' can be classified as the theme song of the film. A hard hitting situational number that encapsulates the spirit of the movie, and is sung with emotions by Sukhwinder. Priya Sariaya comes up with apt lyrics tailored to fit the situation.

The devotional 'aarti', 'Jai Mata Di', is rendered with zest and enthu by Ajay Gogavle with Sanjay Dutt commencing the number with a famous Shlok (Sanskrit holy verses). The inspirational number urges the lead to be fearless in his fight against injustice as he seeks Mata's blessings in his tough endeavour.

There is also a Ganesh Aarti that has been rendered by Sanjay Dutt himself and which forms part of a scene in the movie where the actor is performing an aarti.

Summing up, all credit to Sachin-Jigar for coming up with a good musical score, which is almost comparable to their (by now) iconic BADLAPUR album. The compositions fit the script yet they have a mass-plus-class appeal. Our picks are 'Lag Ja Gale', 'Trippy Trippy' and 'Will You Marry Me'. Quite like BADLAPUR, the songs will surely gain more popularity after the release of the film on 22nd September.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

He cooks bhindi and aloo paratha for his daughter who is affectionately called 'betu' by his father. He combs her hair and even eats the lice picked from her daughter's hair (eek... but the gesture is sweet). Sanjay Dutt urf baba for the industry is back to his 'karmbhoomi' (work place, business) in Omung Kumar's BHOOMI.

BHOOMI MOVIE POSTERS
BHOOMI MOVIE POSTERS

Sanjay Dutt returns in a role that suits his age in which the actor puts his all in the role of a shoe-smith Arun Sachdeva who gets the shock of his life when his affectionate daughter Bhoomi (Aditi Rao Hydari), an independent, working girl in Agra is raped by a group led by Dhauli (Sharad Kelkar). After drowning in grief and sorrow, the doting father-daughter get even with the culprits of this horrendous crime.

Raveena Tandon's MAATR, Sridevi's MOM, and those Bollywood masalas on rape and revenge, Omung Kumar's BHOOMI adds nothing new to the basic premise.

Things that hold and make BHOOMI shift from the other movies on the same premise are the scenes depicting the emotional bonding between the father and daughter. Sanjay Dutt and Aditi Rao Hydari team up perfectly and in sync of their characters. A couple of scenes makes an impact like the one when Dutt is praying chanting 'andhan ko aankh deth, kodin ko kaya, bhanjan ko putra deth' (rough translation: lord gives eyes to the blind, new skin to those suffering from leprosy and son to mothers who are infertile), Bhoomi asks why son and why not daughter? The statement is a befitting comment and is aptly used. But the whole movie fails to maintain that impact though Sanjay Dutt carries the film on his experienced shoulders.

Call it eagerness or the pressure to make a befitting statement on womanhood, the director Omung along with his writer Raaj Shaandilyaa find themselves jumbled in the examples set by PINK, MOM and the deja vu becomes unavoidable. The courtroom scene lacks impact that starts gives warning signals.

Anyhow, the movie thanks to the presence and performance of Sanjay Dutt who doesn't go wrong and comes as a seasoned warrior well supported by Aditi Rao Hydari especially in those pleasantly captured bonding scenes saves the movie.

Rest, it has all the ingredients of the genre like insensitive cops, lame defense lawyer, the same 'kaha chua, kidhar chua' getting repeated without much impact.

Sharad Kelkar fails to make the seething impact of his villainy amongst the audience. Omung Kumar should have given some more footage to Aditi during the vengeance.

Technically sound with Artur Zurawski's camera work doing some talk, Jayesh Shikarkhane's editing and Sachin-Jigar's music serving the purpose on screen and production values are first rate. The supporting cast fails to make an impact only Shekhar Suman manages to have his moments.

All said and done, BHOOMI brings back Sanjay Dutt to his karmbhoomi, like a seasoned warrior Dutt lovingly called 'baba' makes an impact and his screen presence is charismatic as ever. Watch it for Sanju Baba

Rating 2.5/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Sanjay Dutt, Sharad Kelkar, Shekhar Suman, Sidhant Gupta, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shekhar Suman and Sharad Kelkar
  • Actress: Aditi Rao Hydari
  • Director: Omung Kumar
  • Producer: Bhushan Kumar, Omung Kumar, Sandeep Singh
  • Music Director: Sachin-Jigar
  • Lyrics: Priya Saraiya, Anvita Dutt, Vayu, Utkarsh Naithani, Badshah, Badshah and Utkarsh Naithani
  • Cinematography: Artur Zurawski
  • Release Date : 22 Sep 2017

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