Bhoomi Movie Review: Rating: 1.5/5 Stars
Star Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shekhar Suman, Sharad Kellkar, Siddhant
Director: Omung Kumar
SANJAY DUTT IS BACK
BHOOMI STORY: A shoe-smith Arun Sachdeva (Sanjay) is very upset when he discovers that his daughter, Bhoomi (Aditi) has been raped by Dhauli (Sharad) and his gang of three. The father and daughter suffer for a bit before planning revenge.
BHOOMI REVIEW: Unpleasant as it may sound, rape and justice are dominating Bollywood. After Maatr and Mom, Omung Kumar, who manifest a spark with Mary Kom, seems to have fallen into the trap of making formula. And while every filmmaker argues that movies on rapes are ‘socially-relevant’, you keep asking yourself — is all the gore on screen justified.
Here, our very own Arun and Bhoomi are a doting father-daughter team living in Agra. They tug at your heartstrings with their cheerful lively baap-beti routine of cooking meals, colouring beards, and combing hair. Although, after a point, the bittu-beti endearments rankle.
Coming to the basic plot, when Bhoomi gets raped just a day before her wedding, you know which way the film will take. The insensitive cops, the lame public prosecutor, the even defense and the whole court-room drama where it has become interesting to discuss the heroine’s virginity makes you want to scream. All and sundry are authorities on India’s rape statistics and the heinous act is so disagreeable discussed that it almost knocks you dead.
But like it’s said, every cloud has a silver living; Bhoomi has Sanjay Dutt. Returning to the marquee after his imprisonment, the actor wears the lines of his face with confidence. You can tell right away that the lion has aged but he’s got terrific screen presence.
Aditi looks vulnerable as the faltering, sweet girl and later tries wearing a tougher demeanor as the avenging angel. Sharad is too much the exaggerate villain from the 80s, mouthing over-the-top lines. The overall writing is old-fashioned. Artur Zurawski’s camera work is effective. Sachin-Jigar have composed a couple of foot-tapping numbers, which do not have recall but when they are playing, you find yourself grooving.
Watch Bhoomi for Dutt. He’s from that era of larger-than-life heroes who get you to applaud even when he turns a killing machine. You may not approve of his bloodlust, but you can’t fault his swagger.