Secret Superstar

Secret Superstar Movie Review By DIVYA SOLGAMA

Expectations –

There was a time when films with children as its lead character were made only under the government lead organisation. Only film makers like Raj Kapoor, Mehboob Khan, Gulzar and few more managed to give us some worthy films under this genre. But it was Aamir Khan’s ‘Taare Zameen Par’ which changed the entire perspective towards this genre. The presence of a super star in a film which narrates a tale of a young child worked wonders at the box-office. Aamir’s association helped the movie getting it’s deserved due. After a long gap Aamir Khan’s production house is back with a film based on a teenage lead character along with his own presence as an actor in a special appearance. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Secret Superstar’ will manage to give us one more emotionally enriching film like ‘Taare Zameen Par’ or might be one of those forced emotions type of films which are made only to cash in over its one liner unique factor.

Story:

‘Secret Superstar’ is a story of a teenage girl Insiya (Zaira Wasim), who aspires to become a singing sensation in Hindi films. She is rightly supported by her loving mother Najma (Mehar Vij) and younger brother Guddu (Kabir Sajid). Sadly, Insiya’s father (Raj Arjun) has his strict rules for the housemates and keeps discouraging her. One day a burkha cladded Insiya with help of her mother records a video song and shares it on YouTube. The video become a viral and Insiya is approached by a arrogant music director Shakti Kumar (Aamir Khan). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technical Details:

The story despite of being simple and bit predictable has its own merits to cherish. The treatment of the movie is enriching. He first half is brilliant with establishing the Zaira’s track. There are loads of enjoyable as well as great scenes such as Aamir’s entry part, Zaira dreaming about award, Zaira’s bonding with Mehar Vij, Raj Arjun firing Mehar, Zaira’s joy over the new laptop, cute love track between Zaira and Tirth Sharma, Zaira’s reaction over her video getting viral, Raj Arjun hitting Mehar and punishing Zaira and few more. The second half slows down a bit in parts but keeps its momentum going with scenes such as Zaira’s first plane ride, Aamir Khan giving song narration followed by him singing a song, Aamir phone chat with lawyer followed by guiding Zaira leading to climax track. These scenes work in the favour of the film and keeps your emotions active. The recording scene of Aamir Khan will remind you of one his finest scene from ‘Akele Hum Akele Tum’. The entire domestic violence track gives the story its requited intensity. The dialogues are applaud worthy due to its honest writing. The screenplay keeps playing with your laughter as well as the emotional side. On the flip side, the YouTube track followed by Zaira’s singing phase and even the pre-climax part is shown in convenient manner. The hardship is highly missing. Also, the second half needs to be bit tighten up as the movie seems bit repetitive in few scenes. The cinematography is of top notch and keeps the mood intact.

Music:

Music is very essential for a film like ‘Secret Superstar’. Sadly, the pre-release music failed to create the required buzz. But, every song in this movies goes perfectly with the screen happenings. ‘Meri Pyaari Ammi’, ‘Nachdi Phira’ and ‘I’ll Miss You’ are emotionally connecting. ‘Main Kaun Hoon’, ‘Sapne Re’, ‘Gudgudi’ and Sexy Baliye’ keeps you entertained. The background music is fantastic.

Direction:

Director Advait Chandan’s story telling is engaging as well as enjoyable. He keeps treating his viewers with dishes of various emotions served in it. The story might not have high novelty factor but thanks to the brilliant screenplay and Advait’s fine direction skills, the movie ends up as an great movie watching experience. The last shot of Zaira and her burkha is daringly bold. If only the director would had kept his screen length bit crisp and added some tough moments in the second half, the movie would had ended up on a masterpiece level. .

Performances:

Zaira Wasim looks extremely beautiful and shines out in every scene. Her cute blushes as well as questionable eyes expressions works in the favour of her character. Her dialogue delivery is natural and connectable. Mehar Vij is brilliant in her part. Her chemistry with Zaira is fantastic. Raj Arjun’s devilish appearance is mind blowing. Kabir Sajid is cute and lends good support with his innocence smile. Aamir Khan is highly lovable in his caricaturist character which looks like blend of Anu Malik and Nadeem Saifi. Tirth Sharma is sweet and does his part with total grace.

Final Verdict:

So on overall basis ‘Secret Superstar’ is admiringly lovable due to its emotionally enriching content, performances and direction. The movie is a perfect feel-good film one should watch in such festive season and that too with the entire family.

Rating – 4/5 [ Source – Bollywood Times ]