Arun Sachdev (Sanjay Dutt) is a cobbler living in Agra with his daughter Bhoomi (Aditi Rao Hydari) who works as a wedding planner. Bhoomi is set to marry her boyfriend Neeraj (Sidhant Gupta) much to the dismay of her admirer Vijay (Puru Chibber). Vijay proposes to Bhoomi 2 days before her marriage which she vehemently refuses driving him crazy which would lead to him raping Bhoomi along with his landlord cousin Dhauli (Sharad Kelkar) and his associate.
How will Arun and Bhoomi react to this incident? Will Neeraj still marry Bhoomi? How will justice be served?
Positive Points: –
- Powerful performances of Sanjay Dutt and Sharad Kelkar are the soul of the movie.
- Inspite of its flaws, glitches and melodrama, Bhoomi is intriguing.
- The immense satisfaction you get on watching the rapists being punished in the most gruesome ways!
Negative Points: –
- Omung Kumar’s pathetic directional work in the film which can be easily discerned by the most casual audiences.
- A recklessly written screenplay that defies logic or detail and relies heavily on melodrama.
- The songs in the film seemed extremely unnecessary and rather forced into the narration. “Daag” however is an exception in this case.
- The storyline is a Bollywood old hat and it’s flabbergasting to see that even in the late 2010s, we are fed with those same kind of movies which we had rejected at the onset of the 21st
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
Omung Kumar needs to take a break and do some self-questioning as to whether he is fit for the role of a director or not because this is not a television game show that he used to host a decade back. First Mary Kom, then Sarabjit and now Bhoomi; Kumar has proved it again and again that no matter how good the subject be, he is gonna mess it up with his lack of perspicacity. Direction is the most difficult job in the process of filmmaking and one should get serious about his work else we will constantly destroy good storylines in the hands of the less abled.
I don’t know why Sandeep Singh choose a story like this to make a film and why was the job of screenwriting given to Raaj Shaandilyaa. On one hand I admit that the dialogues are good but the narrative is severely flawed and blemished with loopholes which have been worsened further by Kumar’s direction. The script makes no sense and prepares no challenge for our protagonists in their vendetta which actually kills your faith in the film because it looks like a regular Bollywood revenge drama of the 80s/90s.
The action choreography was generic but improbable because I couldn’t believe a 60-year-old drunkard kicking the asses of young well-built men. The songs aren’t bad but were pretty unnecessary and distractive from the dark narrative of the movie. The background music by Ismail Darbaar is superb however and so is Artur Zurawski’s cinematography. I have no complains or praises for Jayesh Shikarkhane’s editing.
Sanjay Dutt is mesmerising as an angry old man filled with revenge. The film relies solely on his shoulders and he carries it ably. He is believable and praiseworthy in every scene he acts and this reminds me of Hrithik Roshan’s stellar performance in Kaabil. This is because both movies were based on rape and revenge and in both cases the protagonists alleviate the movies from their bleak narratives.
Sharad Kelkar is probably the only support Dutt has in the film. He is magnetic, powerful and strongly delivers his dialogues without going much overboard. It was great to see him competing with Dutt strongly when both of them were sharing the screen.
Aditi Rao Hydari has given a good performance and has perfected the stammer she was expected to. However, it’s disheartening to see her character being reduced to a helpless girl for most of the runtime instead of handing over the narrative on her shoulders.
Shekhar Suman has pretty less of a screen-time but he is sterling. Sidhant Gupta is fine in his brief stint and so is Puru Chibber. Riddhi Sen is wonderful as the teenaged neighbour of Arun and Bhoomi. Vibha Chibber (who happens to be Puru’s real life mother) of Chak De India fame makes an awesome cameo.
Final Verdict: –
Bhoomi is the same old tried and tested formula that Bollywood should have given up long ago. I do not claim that the story is any bad but I just lament at its lack of novelty and its mawkish narrative. It’s an intriguing one-time watch and chiefly because of Dutt and Kelkar’s performances as well the pleasure you get on seeing rapists being punished mercilessly.