Yes, this is a feel-good film. But With ‘Chup’ and ‘Ghoomer’, Balki seems to have entered a new phase that’s darker and more exciting than what we knew him for earlier.
Every underdog sports drama is something you’ve seen before, so how do you make things different? For one, you give the audience two underdogs: the first is Anina (Saiyami Kher), a promising cricketer who loses her right hand in an accident, and the second is Paddy (Abhishek Bachchan), a once-promising player who is now a drunk and who now reshapes Amina from batter to spin bowler. But even this has been seen before: the stern, down-on-his-luck coach and his determined ward. So how do you still push the narrative into a different zone? By adding an angle we saw in Dushman, that film in which Rajesh Khanna played a sinner who was asked to do something to repent for his sins as his punishment. Is it better to throw a man into jail for what he has done, or give him a chance to correct his mistakes (and then, maybe, throw him into jail)? This isn’t something that comes up in your usual underdog sports drama.
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