TopYaps rating: 3/5
Parents are indeed like helicopters. Just like airplanes, they too keep hovering around us no matter how much we grow up as individuals. But that’s how they are wired. Seasoned Bollywood actress Kajol’s new film Helicopter Eela tackles the same problematic parts of parenting. Let’s find out whether the film gets the thumbs up or thumbs down.
What’s the film all about?
Eela Raiturkar (Kajol) wanted to be a playback singer, but she had to put her dreams on the backburner after tying the nuptial knot with Arun (Tota Roy Chowdhury). Soon she gets pregnant and Vivaan (Riddhi Sen) is born, something which changes her life further. She raises her kid singlehandedly. Everything is hunky-dory in her sweet, little world until her son turns teenager.
Vivaan, who once loved Eela more than anything in the world, somewhat feels suffocated with his mother’s over-protectiveness. His mother has turned an over-possessive stalker who wants to know each and everything happening in his life. She has even enrolled herself in the same college where his son studies, hence encroaching his personal space further.
Vivaan gets furious at her more often now and wants her to be that Eela who was vivacious, ambitious and full of dreams, who wanted to be a singer. Watch the film if you want to know what happens next.
Is the film worth your time & money?
Written by Anand Gandhi and based on his well-received Gujarati play Beta Kaagdo, Helicopter Eela does a perfect job of showcasing various issues parents normally face while raising their children, especially single parents. The relationship shown between Kajol and Riddhi is adorable. Kajol, as expected, is terrific in the film. She looks so much in sync with her character that it is impossible to imagine any other actress in her role.
National Award-winning actor Riddhi Sen is a gifted actor, who takes this film to another level with his outstanding performance. Having said that, he does get melodramatic at times. Neha Dhupia in a brief role is impressive.
The first half of the movie focuses on the backstory of Eela, like how she was a brilliant singer whose life took a 360% turn after Vivan’s father comes into the picture. Everything is perfect in the first half, but how Eela’s husband disappears from their life all of a sudden looks abrupt and confusing. That part is a little unconvincing and leaves behind a lot of questions marks. Jawab aapko second half mein bhi nahi milta!
In the second half, the film runs so fast as if it had some train to catch. Thoda aahista chalo, jaldi kya hai? A lot of scenes are hurried illogically in the second half, which makes you feel like director Pradeep Sarkar took the audience for granted. The part where Eela rediscovers herself is very amateurishly handled. The script of the film is good but it needed a little more imaginative treatment.
If you are a diehard fan of Kajol and can watch her in any role, Helicopter Eela won’t disappoint you much because she is the only saving grace of the film. The actress uses her charm and charisma to keep you invested in this otherwise shoddy, tawdry offering by Pradeep Sarkar.
Banner: Ajay Devgn Films, Pen India Limited
Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Cast: Kajol, Riddhi Sen, Neha Dhupia
Music: Amit Trivedi, Raghav Sachar
Duration: 130 Minutes