Saand ki Aankh Review: A Must Watch, Because Bollywood is Finally Catching On
Saand Ki Aankh is finally, a motivational sports movie about women without a male saviour who swoops in to lead them to glory.
If there’s one movie you have to watch this festive season, it’s Saand ki Aankh. It isn’t a piece of cinematic brilliance, it isn’t of biographic film perfection.
Rather, it tells a story that needs to be heard, a story about two women, and it tells the story right.
watched #SaandKiAankh .@bhumipednekar crackles with verve and a sense of purpose, while @taapsee who is relatively relaxed and funny, can explode like a powerhouse when the situation demands.congratulations to @ItsViineetKumar @Shaadrandhawa @prakashjha27 @tushar1307 pic.twitter.com/Rx4qGLxgVN— Abhinav singh (@Abhinav_tmk) October 29, 2019
Saand Ki Aankh tells the true story of India’s oldest sharpshooters - Prakashi and Chandro Tomar. At the age of 60, the two sisters in law picked up guns for the very first time, and discovered an innate talent for shooting. They shattered patriarchal expectations and norms, to go on to be known around the country as the Shooter Dadis.
By breaking stereotypes and forging a path for future generations of female sharpshooters, their story in itself merits viewing. Without giving away spoilers, that’s the most I can say about their journey.
So heartening to see a film lead by women claim it's space on the Diwali weekend. This is change. Go with your families and watch the powerful #saandkiaankh featuring two of the best actors of their generation @taapsee and @bhumipednekar Let's hit bull's eye this Diwali!????— Alankrita Shrivastava (@alankrita601) October 24, 2019
But apart from the compelling true story at the heart of it, here’s why you have to watch this movie: despite telling a story about women, at no point does the narrative turn into the typical patronising, man-saves-illiterate-damsel-in-distress tale we’ve come to expect from Bollywood. In telling the story of the Tomars, we are instead given a very matter-of-fact look into the patriarchal system that they inhabit.
Set in Johri, Uttar Pradesh, in the late 90s, the story maps the lives of the Tomar women under the ghunghat. The women are strong, independent, but completely lack their own agency. Their strong arms and backs keep the household running by day, while at night, the have no respite from the sexual appetites of the men.
These themes, and the greater overarching theme of female camaraderie are all handled exquisitely.
#SaandKiAankh is INSPIRING . @bhumipednekar & @taapsee delivers their career best act. Film has a mediocre ist half & terrific 2nd half. Tacky makeup was fixed by VFX it seems. @tushar1307 direction is top notch, script is powerful & provides a pertinent message.— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) October 25, 2019
Rating - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Here’s what the movie got wrong: 60 year old women are played by much younger actresses - Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu. The makeup and prosthetics are unnerving, and while the pair have wonderful screen presence, convincing the audience that they are in their sixties is completely cringe-worthy, if not just a hard sell.
That apart, Saand Ki Aankh is finally, a motivational sports movie about women without a male saviour who swoops in to lead them to glory. It’s a movie that rests entirely on the lead female characters to save themselves. In Bollywood today, if that isn’t the perfect reason to watch this movie, I don’t know what is.