Movie Review: Bhoomi

RATING: 2.5/5

OVERVIEW: Bhoomi is a revenge drama that tries a lot to be bold, brave and advocate feminism but wants to stay in the comfort zone of a typical Bollywood masala film. The result is stereotypes, over-the-top melodrama and a predictable story.It is story of a father-daughter duo (Sanjay Dutt’s Arun and Bhoomi played by Aditi Rao Hydari) who lead a simple life when a sudden turn of events shake their world.

REVIEW: Bhoomi (Aditi Rao Hydari) is abducted in the dead of the night and she’s drugged and raped by a gang. This incident happens just a day before Bhoomi’s marriage to Neeraj (Sidhant Gupta) and its orchestrated by Vishal and his cousin Dhauli (Sharad Kelkar). Vishal loves Bhoomi but is turned down on several occasions. The stalker syndrome kicks in as the shunned lover turns rapist. Bhoomi and her father Arun (Sanjay Dutt) have to contend with the repercussions in both court and society.

Its a story that’s been done hundreds of times, so there’s absolutely no novelty to the attempt. At times Bhoomi feels like it’s 2 decades too old. The bad guys pout random one liners like Save the water save the daughter to the extent that Sharad Kelkar’s Dhauli intimidates Arun in court too. And there’s no backlash, not from the police nor from the magistrate. For a film trying to advocate women’s safety and rights, Bhoomi adopts a very brash approach. The subject needed a sensitive handling, but most of the scenes in this film turn out to be too brazen.

Even the supporting cast gets a clichéd treatment. Shekhar Suman designed as the comic relief in an otherwise melodramatic narrative – peppers his dialogues with didactic one-liners.

Sharad Kelkar, the film’s main antagonist, is a throwback to the 80s. He spouts filmy dialogues while threatening people and will wait till the end of shraddh before beginning his nefarious activities.The climax comes with tired tropes that we associate with such revenge dramas – Hydari is shown as Adi Shakti or a devi of Hindu mythology who is wreaking vengeance.

After wasting Randeep Hooda’s awe-mazing performance with a weak story in Sarabjit, Omung has again wasted Aditi’s act in this one. You need a lot more than a story to make a good film, a story which looks good on paper will not necessarily be the same on screen. Omung never realises this throughout the film. He fails even to give the film a visual appeal, you need not to be dark to show a revenge drama.

Music is by Sachin-Jigar who fail yet again with Bhoomi. Not a single list-topper, each song seems like an addition to an already dragged product. Not a single song managed to impress.

Final verdict of the film is Bhoomi is a story which never should’ve been made at the first place. Alas! Damage has been done now, my only hope with this film is it’ll be a lesson for people who want to execute a story like this.