Review of the movie Ghoomer: Abhishek Bachchan occasionally brings to mind his famous father (Amitabh Bachchan makes a cameo appearance), particularly when he is delivering a drunken monologue, but he still falls into tropes.
The aspirational cricketer’s hopes of playing for India are dashed by a horrible accident. When an alcoholic grump enters her life, he revives her with his scornful lashes and unpleasant demeanor.
The central theme of R. Balki’s “Ghoomer” is the push-pull relationship between the two, which amplifies his well-known logic vs. magic style to the point where we are continually compelled to swing between the two, with varying degrees of success.
The best visual in “Ghoomer” is Anina Dixit’s (Saiyami Kher) upright posture, which does not conceal the fact that her right arm is a stump that stops just below the elbow.
As much a part of her as her entire arm was prior to the injury, it is simply there. And that’s a victory. However, it raises the question of what Anina felt like before coming to that acceptance, considering how easily she used her right hand to smack a ball to the boundary. How did she get here?
Review of the film Ghoomer
point so quickly?
But the writers don’t spend much time on Anina’s internal strife. The film shifts its focus from the girl’s piercing scream to the hero who will save her from herself once she loses her “phantom limb,” which is designed to symbolize her suffering.
Abhishek Bachchan’s character, Padam Singh Sodhi aka Paddy, stumbles around intoxicated and hurls insults at those who are closest to him, including transwoman Rasika (Ivanka Das), who is his adopted sister.
Paddy is a euphemism for a plethora of coaches from ‘Whiplash’-style movies who think that being harsh with their charges will make them more resilient, with the harshness often the result of prior emotional pain: Bachchan gives it his all,
giving you flashes of his celebrated father (who makes a brief appearance here), especially when he is giving a buzzed monologue, but he still comes out as a cliché.
A contrast to the gloom the coach radiates is Anina’s family, a warm cocoon of a grandmother (Shabana Azmi, in excellent form), a father (Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, displaying an adorable side), and two brothers.
She also has a loving boyfriend in Jeet (Angad Bedi), her childhood sweetheart who is prepared to take a backseat and be there for her whenever she needs him. However, more information about him other than the explanatory line that he had sold off his million dollar company in the US and moved back home would have been helpful. What does he do specifically now?
The film pushes the other characters to the side by focusing so intently on the reluctant pupil and severe teacher pair.
Why does the grandma who makes green juice and prefers impassivity than conspicuous delight interfere with the training and healing of her cherished granddaughter? What else do the two brothers do besides becoming the target of jokes for their excessive eating? Why does the trans person treat Paddy’s bile so delicately and never return it? Having begun on a negative note and never reversing course, how does Paddy in fact physically take over Anina’s life? And Anina’s teammates, the other players, are never more than ciphers.
These subtleties are not discussed in detail in “Ghoomer.” It wants you to celebrate the twinning and triumph of both of its damaged main characters. characters. Despite looking strained and artificial, tears do spring up when we see Anina’s face,
all flushed at her climactic victory: Kher, who has been a cricketer herself and knows all about posture, is a standout.
Abhishek Bachchan, Saiyami Kher, Shabana Azmi, Angad Bedi, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, and Ivanka Das star in the film Ghoomer.
Director of the Ghoomer film: R Balki
Rating for the film Ghoomer: 2.5 stars