Ghoomer Review: Abhishek Bachchan, Saiyami Kher’s Performance Powers This Cliché But Compelling Sports Drama!

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Ghoomer Review: Abhishek Bachchan, Saiyami Kher’s Performance Powers This Cliché But Compelling Sports Drama!
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If there’s one thing that can unite our country and divide it too, it’s cricket. We’re all united when our Indian Cricket team is playing in the World Cup but we’re all divided when it comes to IPL. There’s something truly special about this sport and how it brings us all together. And get ready to cheer for another cricketer but this time in a film. Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Saiyami Kher, Shabana Azmi and Angad Bedi, R Balki directorial Ghoomer hits the theatres on August 18. Read my review of the film.

 

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The Plot Of Ghoomer

Ghoomer revolves around a rising star and right-hand batting prodigy Saiyami Kher’s Anina Dixit. Her dream of playing cricket for the country comes true only to be shattered after she gets into an accident and loses her right hand. But just as she loses all hope, she sees light at the end of the tunnel with Abhishek Bachchan’s Padam Singh Sodhi aka Paddy, a senior but failed cricket player who coaches her and turns her life around. The film follows Anina as she embarks on a journey to learn how to bowl with her left hand and invents a new bowling style with coach Paddy.

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Performances

Saiyami Kher as Anina Dixit: NGL but this role was demanding not just in terms of emotions but physical effort too. The role was physically demanding and Saiyami seems to be pulling off the role of a cricketer with one arm with absolute ease which goes to show the effort that she put to prepare for it. It’s evident from her work in the film that the actress had to undergo severe physical stress for the role. Speaking of her acting skills, IMHO the actress has more potential. While Saiyami holds her role well, she does seem to falter here and there but this doesn’t mean that you won’t feel invested in the story.

 

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Abhishek Bachchan as Padam Singh Sodhi aka Paddy Sir: Abhishek Bachchan nearly stole the limelight from Saiyami Kher’s Anina with his kickass acting. From being a failed, alcoholic cricketer to being a bitter person to turning into a cricket coach who’s a total hardass, Jr Bachchan hit the ball right out of the field. It’s safe to say that he has outdone himself in Ghoomer.

 

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Shabana Azmi as Anina’s Grandma: It’s always a pleasure to watch Shabana Azmi act and if you didn’t have enough of her in Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, you’ll feel much more satisfied after watching her play Anina’s grandmother who empowers her and pushes her to do better while batting for feminism in her own way.

 

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Angad Bedi as Jeet: Angad Bedi plays Saiyami Kher’s Anina’s love interest and the boy knows how to romance a girl. Jeet and Anina’s camaraderie was heart-warming to witness and it wouldn’t have been possible had Angad not breathed life into Jeet.

 

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Nasir Khan, Guneet Sandhu and the rest of the supporting cast had extremely limited screen time but the actors played their parts with sincerity. Amitabh Bachchan’s cameo deserves a special mention because the actor managed to make the viewers feel even more invested in Anina’s story, in case you aren’t already!

Verdict: We’re Clean Bowled By Abhishek Bachchan, Saiyami Kher Starrer!

Let’s star with what works for Ghoomer with the first one being performances. Abhishek Bachchan has delivered a hit and that’s that. He manages to outshine Saiyami Kher and also makes up for every time she falters in her role. It’s an absolute delight to watch that actor on the big screen. His comic timing and dialogue delivery will keep you engaged every time he’s on the screen. Jr Bachchan wins hearts as he plays the role of a failed cricketer looking for a win and even his most problematic dialogues(and distasteful in some cases) are bearable (not like we have a choice there) thanks to his performance. Saiyami Kher was nearly perfect but even when she did falter it was forgivable because of the ease with which she portrays a cricketer with one arm who’s working hard to learn how to bowl to fulfil her dream of playing for the country.

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Director R Balki’s storytelling is as beautiful as it can get. The filmmaker knows perfectly well how to keep one engrossed and invested in a story. And whatever doesn’t work for the film, Balki makes up for with his storytelling. There’s no doubt that the film is marred with clichés. From a failed cricket player-turned-coach who happens to be a bitter man and an alcoholic to the plot twist in the end to just another Indian family fat-shaming kids, the clichés are never-ending. And the ending is just as predictable. NGL but I figured out the plot twist but then again as a thriller/mystery fanatic, I’d like to believe it comes easy to me. While the film sure is predictable, many will not be able to predict the plot twist (there are two of them in the end).

In terms of pace, the film is decent. The first half seems slower than the second half which is expected in a film like Ghoomer. But it’s important to note that the first half may make it seem like the story is half-baked but trust that it’s not and you will be cheering and rooting for Saiyami Kher’s Anina Dixit and Abhishek Bachchan’s Paddy. The film does take a lot of creative liberty to showcase Anina’s struggles as a one-armed bowler but it makes up for it by delving into human emotions, relationships, trauma, struggles and much more. More than sports, Ghoomer explores the human psyche. Psst…don’t miss Bishen Singh Bedi’s appearance!

 

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Directed by R Balki, Abhishek Bachchan and Saiyami Kher starrer Ghoomer is currently in theatres across India. Don’t forget to book the next available show to catch this sports drama.

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