Film Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Producer: Anurag Kashyup
Director: Sachin Kundalkar
Cast: Rani Mukherji and Prithviraj Sukumaran
Music: Amit Trivedi
Rani Mukherji’s Aiyyaa has well been in news for many reasons – the prominent being her hitting the cinema space after a hiatus. She came with bang since the movie gives her the complete platform to showcase her skills. Bollywood has now become quite open to women-centric movies and this is absolutely a good sign. Hero-centric movies, which were the only treat few years back, are now not the only ones on Bollywood front as now women-centric films too have taken the lead along. Thanks to the classy actresses like Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu who made the producers maintain their trust on them.
Rani Mukherji shines in this outing fully. She is a brilliant actress – this is a known fact and no one can deny it at all. Whether the movie flops or turns higher on box office, her acting always gets acknowledged, appreciated and liked to watch. The same she showed off in this offering of Anurag Kashyup who takes the producer’s seat this time around to give the chance to Sachin Kundalkar to direct the flick.
Aiyya is an entertaining, enjoyable and powerfully written outing to arrest the breath flow. The film talks about a middle class family residing in Mumbai. It is a love saga of a Maharashtrian girl and Tamil boy. The novelty of the script is that it revolves around the concept of a man’s aromatic smell which attracts the girl and she cannot help getting mesmerized by it. Leaving the typical notion of middle class girls’ going with their parents’ decision for marriage, Aiyyaa takes opposite route since the girl zeroes in her match by herself.
The film’s strength is its strapping and gripping script and the luminous performances though it carries average stars on board – only big name being Rani Mukherji.
Meenakshi (Rani Mukherji) is a girl who lives in Maharashtra (Mumbai) who has the obsession for the films and film stars. She wants to live in her make-believe world. She bumps into a painter, Surya (Prithviraj Sukumaran) who is a painter. She gets dragged towards him since he smells good. But there is a hurdle, as her parents have finalized a guy Madhav (Subodh Bhave) for her.
Although the concept seems novel and you can say novelty exists in the plot but the fact remains that some formulas have been borrowed from various films to mix them up in this narrative. The script is gripping without any doubt. Sachin Kundalkar directs the movie brilliantly as he holds the attention of the moviegoers thoroughly. Cinematography is a class in itself and allures the hearts. Editing is not up to the mark since the first half seems a bit stretched. Music by Amit Trivedi is already a hit.
Rani Mukherji enacts the part with super class and gusto. She lets the masses know once again that she is still brilliant. Prithviraj, the south actor, shows his acting skills and attracts the audience in his debut Hindi film. Subodh Bhave justifies the role. Rest of the stars too delivers the parts well.
Final Verdict by the Critic:
Aiyyaa is a well-made film with gripping plot, powerful direction and brilliant performances.