Secret Superstar Movie Review
Release Date: 20th October 2017
A silent journey from dream to success……
The second release of Diwali this year is Aamir Khan Production’s Secret Superstar directed by Advait Chauhan. This is the second times Golmaal is clashing with Aamir Khan’s movie like in 2010 when Golmaal 3 and Dhobi Ghat hit the screen same time on Diwali. So will Secret Superstar take lead with Aamir Khan also playing a major role in it or will it just lost in the smog of Diwali celebration, let explore with Secret Superstar Movie Review ?
Insiya Malik (Zaira Wasim) is an amateur singer who believes she has what it takes to be a successful, professional vocalist. One one hand is her mother who supports her in all her dream but on other hand is her orthodox father, a frustrated violent man who doesn’t believe in anyone else and can go to any limit including beating her wife if things are not as per his demands. But still, a dream is a dream forms the rest of the story with a pinch of naughty Shakti Kumar (Aamir Khan) a music director who helps her to reach her dream.
Before I begin I really want to thank Aamir Khan for not making a super slow movie on Diwali this time. I remember in 2010 Diwali after watching 1.5 hours of Dhobi Ghaat I actually had to check my calendar in mobile to confirm if only hours were wasted or I am already a decade or generation ahead since it was hell too lengthy. I am yet to guess if the theatres were keeping it under the heading “currently running” or “currently crawling.” I am sure if a documentary could be made on people who say Dhobi Ghat in the hall it could have outcasted the craze of Tom Hank’s starter Cast Away since our story was way too long and painful then a guy lost in an island for years.
But luckily this time Mr. Khan and Director Advait Chauhan actually did a credible job. The movie doesn’t have any major high-cost star cast and since Kiran Rao is the producer I am sure Aamir Khan wouldn’t have charged any fees from her but still keeps the interest level normal.
The movie has a realistic approach like a small town school girl with an orthodox father ( Raj Arjun) who just wants the daughter to get educated so he can simply marry her in the community. Meher Vij in a role of mother and wife has to maintain a balance between her perfect marriage irrespective of the fact her husband beats her and her daughter’s dream to become a singer without her father’s knowledge. There is also a small, innocent and clean love story something we all have lived or wished to live during our school time.
Every character in the film has done justice to their character and complimented the story. And where the movie was about too loose track comes Mr. Perfectionist as a great savior. But still, there are situations which are unnecessary and just made to make audience emotional. Like I am yet to find a man who is financially weak but ready to break laptop worth 60 thousand or man who wants his daughter to marry immediately after schooling but wants her to take science and score good marks. I mean these things look good on Akshay Kumar who in the name of Nation Prem can sell anything but not on Aamir Khan who pays attention to society and small details. Towards the end it’s more like watching a Satyamev Jayate episode.
Overall it’s an excellent movie to watch on online streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime where you just have to pick a free movie or doesn’t have to spend anything extra apart from subscription. For theatres, it’s good if one wants some break or watch a movie during this festival season.
Being Says: Nothing great but still a good light hearted movie
Being-o-meter : 3 (out of 5)
Justification: Good music (Click to listen), good flow, and Aamir’s comedy
Cast: Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij, Raj Arjun, Tith and Aamir Khan