KRK's take: Taapsee Pannu-Bhumi Pednekar starrer 'Saand Ki Aankh'
The actresses play shooter grandmothers in a village in Uttar Pradesh.
Based on India's oldest sharpshooters, Chandro Tomar (Bhumi Pednekar) and Prakashi Tomar (Taapsee Pannu), 'Saand Ki Aankh' fails to hit the bull's eye.
Both Bhumi and Taapsee are seen playing the sexagenarian shooter grandmothers in a village in Uttar Pradesh called Baghpat, where only women from poor or lower caste families work in the fields. Contradictory to that, both grandmothers hail from the upper class 'zamindar' (landowner) family and yet sweat it out in the fields. They also work in a brick kiln while the men in the family do nothing except sitting on cots all day.
'Saand Ki Aankh' veers off track with instances where the village has a sterilization camp without relevance to the film and the village doctor opening a shooting academy from nowhere. The grandmothers discover their innate shooting ability at this academy when they score a bullseye in the first go. Also, there are too many climaxes in the movie.
The screenplay is too weak and unreal.
Dialogues are average.
Except for the title track, the film's music is okay.
Editing is weak and the film could have been two-hour-long instead of 2.5 hours.
There is no comedy, action or emotion.
Bhumi and Taapsee have tried to give a good performance. Prakash Jha and Viineet Singh do justice to their roles.
It does not seem like a biopic as 90 per cent of the movie seems to be fiction. As emotion, entertainment, action, it is not inspirational like 'Dangal'. It can be skipped.
Film: Saand Ki Aankh
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar, Viineet Singh, Prakash Jha
Duration: 2.5 hours
Director: Tushar Hiranandani