Feature Name: Saand Ki Aankh
Directed By: Tushar Hiranandani
Cast: Bhumi Pednekar, Taapsee Pannu, Prakash Jha, Vineet Kumar Singh
Run Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Review By: Grinell Jacinto
Tushar Hiranandani’s Saand Ki Aankh starring Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles is worthy of praise and applauds. The film is a biopic based on the life of India’s oldest sharpshooters, Chandro Tomar and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar.
The film follows their life journey from just being a woman who looks after the house, husband and kids to making a name for their selves at National and International events. It focusses on their struggles and triumphs at making the world a better place for their daughters and granddaughters as well as getting respect for themselves.
Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar are in top form as the shooter dadis.
They emote the happiness, sadness, acceptance and dejection with such beauty that you will smile and laugh with them. The mannerism, accent and dialogue delivery make the characters of Chandro and Prakashi come alive. Their nok jhok in the village and at events highlights the beautiful chemistry the on-screen sisters-in-law share.
Viineet Singh as Dr Yashpal, the doctor-turned-shooting instructor, is a treat with the way he motivates the dadis and their kids to excel in the shooting range. Prakash Jha as the strict patriarch of the house is a real representation of what majority houses in India have. The children and grandchildren (who have a good amount of screen time) do an amazing job as well.
Director Tushar Hiranandani has done a good job at bringing this story to life. The dialogues by Jagdeep Sidhu is sure to make you laugh from time to time. The speech he penned towards the end is sure to give you goose bumps. Balwinder Singh Janjua’s keeps you engaged in the story while Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti’s cinematography takes you to the clean, green and beautiful villages in India.
The music is beautiful and add to the joyous moods and settings of the characters. It makes the films more appealing. The costumes are simple and have a charm of its own.
Talking about makeup – we were a little disappointed. While Taapsee and Bhumi are given good makeovers to look over 60, at times they look their real age with brown hair and almost wrinkle free faces. Another drawback is that the film seems a bit lengthy at 130 odd minutes.