So finally, we are able to see Sanjay Dutt on the big screen after a long time, that too in a leading role. Bhoomi marks the comeback of the immensely popular actor, who had to take a break from acting to complete his jail sentence. The movie is directed by Omung Kumar, who previously made Mary Kom and Sarbjit. Aditi Rao Hydari plays the female lead in the movie. Here’s our review of Bhoomi…
What’s it about
Arun (Sanjay Dutt) is a single father to Bhoomi (Aditi Rao Hydari), a sprightly wedding planner with a slight stammer. She is in love with a doctor (Siddhant Gupta), and their marriage is fixed by their parents. Bhoomi is also lusted after by her neighbor, and when his advances are spurned, he turns to his evil, sadistic cousin Dhauli (Sharad Kelkar) for help. On the eve of her wedding night, Bhoomi is kidnapped and brutally gang-raped by the villains.
Sanjay Dutt. Though the movie’s skewered screenplay lets him down a lot, his anguished performance is what makes us invest in the proceedings. He is terrific in scenes where he expresses his anguished helplessness when the society and the law fail him. It also has to be appreciated that he chose to take a role that is fitting for his age as his comeback.
Omung Kumar is known for his melodramatic style of storytelling and Bhoomi suffers from an excess of that. Be it in the father-daughter bonding scenes in the first half or the courtroom sequences in the second, the script injects an overdose of melodrama in the scenes to manipulate the viewers. A more restrained direction and narrative perhaps could have worked wonders for the movie.