In 2013, actor Farhan Akhtar and director-producer Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra collaborated on BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG. The sports activities biopic of Milkha Singh acquired unanimous reward and it resulted in field workplace collections of Rs. 100 crore plus. 8 years later, each have joined fingers as soon as once more for yet one more sports activities movie, TOOFAAN. This time, Farhan has stepped in as a producer as nicely, alongside along with his accomplice Ritesh Sidhwani. So does TOOFAAN handle to be as compelling as their earlier movie? Or does it disappoint? Let’s analyse.
TOOFAAN is the story of a road brawler’s transformation right into a top-class boxer. Aziz Ali aka Ajju (Farhan Akhtar) is an orphan who was raised by Jafar Bhai (Vijay Raaz). Aziz now lives along with his buddy Munna (Hussain Dalal) in Dongri, Mumbai and does all of the soiled work for Jafar bhai. Whereas thrashing a restaurant proprietor (Imran Rashid) over a feud with Jafar bhai, Aziz will get injured. He goes to a charitable hospital for therapy the place the physician, Ananya Prabhu (Mrunal Thakur) ousts him after studying that he’s a goon. A number of days later, Ananya witnesses Aziz shopping for items for youngsters in an orphanage. This makes her notice that he’s a great individual at coronary heart. In the future, Aziz visits a health club in his neighbourhood, run by a person known as Service provider (Deven Khote). Service provider trains boxing aspirants in his premises. Aziz witnesses it and will get right into a brawl with a participant working towards there, Parvez (Arhan Chowdary). As a substitute of hitting again, Parvez praises him and says that he has quite a lot of power. Aziz will get stunned and realizes that boxing could make him a greater human. He begins his coaching. However he nonetheless continues working for Jafar bhai. In the future, Ananya witnesses Aziz evicting an individual from his store violently. She admonishes him and insists that he ought to wholly deal with boxing. Aziz realizes she’s proper. When Service provider sees a possible in him, he takes Aziz to Nana Prabhu (Paresh Rawal), one of the best boxing coach in Mumbai. Nana will get Aziz to battle along with his scholar. Aziz will get defeated and he asks Nana to coach him. Nana, nonetheless, refuses at first attributable to Aziz’s Muslim identification. In the meantime, Aziz goes again to the hospital to get handled for the damage sustained within the match. That is when he tells Ananya that he met Nana sir, unknown to the truth that she is Nana’s daughter. Quickly, Nana agrees to coach him and turns him right into a prime boxing participant. Aziz additionally will get chosen for the state championship the place he manages to defeat a seasoned participant, Dharmesh Patil (Darshan Kumaar). That is additionally a time when Aziz begins relationship Ananya. After his victory, Aziz is having a drink with Nana when he blurts out that he’s in a relationship with Ananya and that he needs to marry her. Aziz had no concept that she’s Nana’s daughter. Nana, in a match of rage, slaps Aziz and accuses him of conning his daughter. Nana then forces Ananya to finish the connection and remarks that Aziz is finishing up ‘Love Jihad’. What occurs subsequent types the remainder of the movie.
Farhan Akhtar’s story thought and Anjum Rajabali’s story is clichéd. The rise, the autumn and the rise of a sportsperson has been witnessed in lots of sports activities movies, from Mithun Chakraborty starrer BOXER  to the more moderen SULTAN , and likewise in Hollywood movies. Anjum Rajabali’s screenplay (extra screenplay by Vijay Maurya) is respectable but additionally predictable. You realize what will occur subsequent in most components of the movie. Fortunately, the writing is peppered with lot of attention-grabbing moments. However ideally, the story ought to have been novel and screenplay ought to have been gripping. Vijay Maurya’s dialogues are easy and sharp.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s route is first-class. The director is again in type, after delivering two forgettable fares within the type of MIRZYA  and MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER . He executes a clichéd and strange story very nicely. The sports activities and coaching scenes handle to engross. What’s additionally praiseworthy is that in the course of the second half, one other spherical of coaching monitor is infused when Aziz makes a comeback after a spot. Even these scenes are nicely shot and don’t look repetitive. TOOFAAN nonetheless additionally has different subplots and raises some pertinent problems with the society. On the flipside, the second half is the place the movie drops a bit. The tragedy is available in out of the blue and a few viewers would possibly discover it tough to digest. At 161 minutes, the movie is just too lengthy and its run time ought to have been trimmed. Lastly, one expects loads from this movie because it’s made by the BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG director and likewise stars the identical actor. In that regard, TOOFAAN is not any match to their earlier movie.
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TOOFAAN’s first half is honest. The characters of Aziz, Dr. Ananya and Nana Prabhu are nicely written and offered to the viewers. Additionally, the truth that Ananya has a connection to each provides quite a lot of drama to the story. The boxing monitor is nice however the faith angle significantly works huge time. The makers have additionally made a balanced viewpoint and have proven how each communities have components which have points with inter-religious romance. One other relatable a part of the movie is when Aziz and Ananya failing to discover a residence of their alternative attributable to their separate spiritual identities. The second half has quite a lot of surprising developments and it takes some time to course of. Aziz’s comeback is nice nevertheless it’s bewildering to see how he manages to make it to the nationwide championship conveniently.
Farhan Akhtar is in an outstanding type. He appears to be like very convincing as a boxer however even in dramatic and emotional scenes, he rocks huge time. After DIL DHADAKNE DO , he wasn’t seen in memorable movies and performances. Therefore, it’s a pleasure to lastly see him in a movie the place he will get a chance to shine. Mrunal Thakur is the shock of the movie. She has a vital half to play within the happenings of the film and she or he does whole justice together with her efficiency. Additionally, her hundred watt smile is infectious. Paresh Rawal is terrific and pulls off a difficult function with ease. He’s lacking to start with of the second half however makes up for it within the pre-climax and climax. Hussain Dalal is gorgeous because the sidekick and contributes to the movie’s humour quotient. Vijay Raaz doesn’t have a lot to do surprisingly particularly since his character appeared sad with Aziz’s resolution. Darshan Kumaar is nice because the baddie. Nevertheless it appears he’s getting typecast. Dr. Mohan Agashe (Bala Uncle) is cute and likewise is the voice of cause and sanity. This makes his character very particular. Supriya Pathak (Sister DSouza) is alright. Gauri Phulka (Myra) steals the present as Aziz and Ananya’s daughter. Gaganpreet Sharma (Prithvi Singh) is menacing as the harmful opponent of Aziz. Deven Khote is assured whereas Arhan Chowdary, Imran Rashid, RJ Anmol (State championship commentator) and Akashdeep Sabir (Mallik; match fixer) do nicely. Sonali Kulkarni (Sumati) is there for a scene whereas director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (IBF Secretary) is okay.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is disappointing and that is additionally one of many weak factors of the movie. Additionally, there are as many as 8 songs and on prime of that, the album shouldn’t be memorable. Ideally the film ought to have been a music much less entertainer. That will have elevated the impression. The title monitor is one of the best of the lot adopted by ‘Star Hai Tu’. Each are nicely shot. ‘Ananya’, ‘Jo Tum Aa Gaye Ho’ (composed by Samuel and Akansha) and ‘Purvaiya’ fail to register. The rap songs, ‘Dekh Toofaan Aaya Hai’ and ‘Todun Taak’, don’t have recall worth. ‘Ganpati Vandana’ is performed at an essential juncture within the movie. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Tubby’s background rating is phenomenal and would have made a much bigger impression on the large display.
Jay Oz’s cinematography is spectacular and elevates impression in a number of scenes. The boxing scenes, particularly, are very nicely shot. Rajat Poddar’s manufacturing design and Abhilasha Sharma’s costumes are straight out of life. Alan Amin’s motion is uncooked. Cinegence and Futureworks’ VFX is acceptable. Meghna Manchanda Sen’s modifying is neat however ought to have stored the length in test. Lastly, particular point out must also go to Farhan Akhtar’s health workforce – Drew Neal (Boxing coach), Samir Jarua (health coach) and Dr Anand Kumar (physiotherapist) – for making him appear to be a seasoned participant.
On the entire, TOOFAAN boasts of highly effective performances together with some heart-touching and dramatic moments. However the movie’s prolonged runtime, poor soundtrack, clichéd plot and the predictable narrative diminishes the impression to an amazing extent.