One factor is for positive—R. Balki’s newest flick, Ghoomer, is a extremely impactful one. It’s that meals for thought which takes you alongside on a passionate journey of victory and loss and pulls at your heartstrings for lengthy after the top credit start to roll.
You would possibly select to like the movie or hate it however it’s fairly tough to disregard the grit and fervour of a paraplegic cricketer and the unflinching willpower of her coach who provides her wings to make historical past, within the face of despair and hopelessness.
The plot could appear formulaic and repetitive, however Balki, who’s written the script, has given it an excellent nuance which has elevated the movie by a number of notches. That that is yet one more inspirational sports activities drama is a given, however it’s the parallel narrative constructed round tragedy, guilt, redemption and forgiveness that pushes the plot ahead and makes Ghoomer so totally different and compelling. This can be a transferring sports activities drama; the sort we wanted to see and the sort that retains us gripped from the start to the top.
Within the character of Anina Dixit, a younger, tenacious cricketer who chases her dream within the face of despair, Sayami Kher is forceful and plausible. There aren’t any frills to her character, and she or he shines within the simplicity. Ghoomer revolves round Anina, a younger batting prodigy, who loses her proper hand in an accident.
This occurs only a night time earlier than she is to make her debut within the Indian cricket staff and go away for England. Distraught and devastated, she considers her profession to be completed however simply then enters the drunkard, foul-mouthed and pissed off ex-test cricketer-turned-coach, Paddy (Abhishek Bachchan) who makes it his mission to persuade the lady that she will nonetheless play for the nation; if not as a batsman, then as a left arm bowler.
The whole second half of the movie is how he trains and polishes her and helps her obtain the unthinkable – a prodigious batsman turning into an equally enviable quick bowler/spinner, and that too, with simply her left hand.
In one in every of his latest interviews with THE WEEK, Abhishek Bachchan mentioned that he doesn’t like every of his performances thus far. He makes it a degree to re-watch his previous movies however there was none the place he can say he is executed a very good job. Effectively, he won’t say that after watching his highly effective supply (pun meant) within the function of a mad-cap coach who provides it his all to show across the misfortune of a possible winner.
Shabana Azmi performs the function of a loving grandma who passionately follows cricket in a bid to assist encourage and encourage her granddaughter to carry out higher. It’s heartening to see her keep a e-book of Dixit’s hits and misses and make the budding cricketer, energising smoothies each morning.
Ghoomer is a motivational saga from the real-life story of the late Hungarian shooter Karoly Takacs, who received a gold medal within the speedy hearth pistol occasion on the 1948 London Olympics together with his left hand after his different hand was critically injured. This, the movie declares in the course of the credit score roll itself. A deftly made film, Ghoomer is a deal with to look at.
Director: R. Balki
Solid: Abhishek Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Saiyami Kher, Angad Bedi and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
Ranking: 4 stars