A promising comeback

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Aug 2017 09:34:52


 

By Subhash K Jha

Welcome back, Mr Dutt. It’s been a while.

Even before Sanjay Dutt left for prison, his quality of cinematic output had fallen to unplumbed depths of self-degradation.


With Bhoomi, an intense infuriatingly breakneck paced saga of a father-daughter bonding set in Agra (but not in a touristic kind of way), Sanjay seems all set for a glorious comeback. First of all he plays his age. And plays out a father’s rage with convincing magnetism.


In his last film Zila Ghaziabad, Prachi Desai who is his daughter’s age was cast as his romantic interest. In Bhoomi, the stunningly fetching Aditi Rao Hydari who is close to Prachi’s age, plays Dutt’s daughter.
Whenever they are together in the tightly-edited trailer, they seem to ignite a very special fire.


The bonding is real, the drama driven by a cyclonic fury and the bitter frustration and helplessness of a father. And the message is that you can’t mess around with Sanjay Dutt, not when his daughter’s reputation is at stake. It has been a while since we had a larger-than-life epic father-daughter drama on screen. Bhoomi seems to fulfil that lacuna with a stunning ferocity.