Certificate: U

Director: Pradeep Sarkar

Starring: Kajol, Riddhi Sen, Neha Dhupia & Tota Roy Chowdhury

Written by: Mitesh Shah & Anand Gandhi

Based on a Gujarati play ‘Beta, Kaagdo’, Helicopter Eela is the story of a single mother, who makes her son’s well-being, the only purpose of her life. But will she end up losing herself and her son in this relentless pursuit.

Eela Raitodkar (Kajol) is an aspiring singer and is in love with lyricist Arun (Tota Roy Choudhury). They get married and have a boy named Vivaan (Riddhi Sen). All is going well until one day when Arun gets the news that his relative, in his 30s, has passed away. This is when Eela casually remarks how all the men in his family have died before they reached the age of 40. This scares Arun and he decides to leave them. Cut to 20 years later and Eela is still paranoid about her son as ever. Vivaan feels suffocated and tries to get her mother to get back to singing. But Eela decides to join his college instead.  What happens ahead forms the rest of the story.

Helicopter Eela has its moments but doesn’t really leave an impression on you.

Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Sirsha Ray is decent. Editing by Dharmendra Sharma is subpar. Mitesh Shah and Anand Gandhi’s story is adapted from the Gujarati play BETA KAAGDO does feel a little weak and doesn’t seem as good as the play. The music is okay and Ruk Ruk Ruk is the pick of the lot as there already a recall value to it.

Performance wise, Kajol is full of verve, and her enthusiasm is infectious. But then sometimes you feel maybe she could tone it down a notch and be a little more subtle; but overall her performance has been great and even brings a smile on your face in a few scenes. Riddhi Sen with this film epitomizes why he’s a deserving national award winner. He’s given a top drawer performance in this one. He always remains in the character and he’s done well. Neha Dhupia (Padma) is decent in a supporting role. Tota Roy Choudhury is okay, could have been much better. Zakir Hussain (Principal Vivek Joshi) is good. The cameos by Amitabh Bachchan, Mahesh Bhatt, Ila Arun, Baba Sehgal, Shaan, Anu Malik, Ganesh Acharya etc add to the star value of the film.

This is definitely not one of director Pradeep Sarkar’s best works. He could have worked wonders but has failed to do so, but he has somehow managed to keep the helicopter in the air despite the turbulence.

2.5

At the box-office,

The film has taken a slow start and will struggle!

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