Verdict: An inspiring tale on fighting deep-rooted patriarchy.

Inspired by the real-life shooter daadis, Saand Ki Aankh is a perfect Diwali release. Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, the film has all the elements of a perfect entertainer. The movie stars Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar, Prakash Jha, Viineet Kumar, and others. Inspired by the lives of two elderly women who defied age and went on to learn shooting in their 60’s, Saand Ki Aankh is remarkable.

What’s Saand Ki Aankh About:

Chandro Tomar (Bhumi Pednekar) and Prakashi Tomar (Taapsee Pannu) are married to two of the youngest brothers belonging to the Tomar family. The Tomar household is headed by the eldest brother (Prakash Jha) who is the sarpanch of the village. The house may be headed by the eldest brother but the household is run in all respects by Chandro and Prakashi Tomar. Both women are neck-deep in unending daily chores but dream of living for themselves just once. With no right to an opinion or to even dream, the women in the village are conditioned to live the way “a woman should”. Chandro and Prakashi do not want the same fate for their grandkids – Shefali and Seema. That’s when Yashpal (Viineet Kumar) comes back to the village wanting to build a shooting range for young kids. He tries best to teach the young boys but fails. Knowing really well that winning in the National level shooting competition ensures government jobs, Chandro and Prakashi push Shefali and Seema to learn the sport. In the process of teaching the grand-kids, Prakashi and Chandro discover their hidden talent – shooting. Shocked by their immense skills, Yashpal urges both the women to take part in the Veteran Shooting competition. Reluctantly, both women take part and win medals.

After that, they take part in a number of nation-wide competitions and win those as well. They do all this while keeping it a secret from the men of the house. But how long will they keep this a secret?

What Works:

Saand Ki Aankh is a message-oriented film and delivers it the right way. Director Tushar Hiranandani does not make it too preachy. It has a perfect balance of comedy and drama. It will make you both laugh and cry with ease. Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu deliver brilliant performances and give you the right feel, despite the not-so-convincing prosthetics and makeup. Viineet Kumar too does a fairly good job. The music by Vishal Mishra is perfect for the film. The songs Womaniya and Udta Teetar fit perfectly into the film’s pace and narrative. Prakash Jha as the eldest brother makes you dislike his character which is what his character is supposed to make you feel so full points there. The Taapsee-Bhumi combo is a hit and the duo should do more movies together.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The major issue with the film was definitely its prosthetics. While Bhumi’s makeup seemed slightly convincing, Taapsee’s makeup could have been done better. The actress’ in some scenes looked much younger than what their screen age was. Actor Vineet Singh’s character has been aged with few white streaks on his beard that look out of place. The film’s plot has been dragged a bit and should have been edited to make it crisper.

Why You Should Watch:

Saand Ki Aankh is a perfect Diwali release and makes for a great family trip to the theatres. The film will keep you entertained throughout. Go for the striking message and the brilliant performances.

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