Some ideas just can’t go wrong. Take a spunky Mom, put her in the same educational institution and in fact the same class as her child, and the rest just follows, especially when the two roles are played by two accomplished actors like Kajol and Riddhi Sen, the sparks fly willynilly.
The trailer of Pradeep Sarkar’s Helicopter Eela moves on such a winsome premise that going wrong is not an option.And why should it? When Kajol occupies, no, takes over, every frame as though to the bak-bak born. She is Eela, if you must know.She is single and she is strong. And it seems she has decided to go back to college even if it means embarrassing her son, played by the very talented Ridhi Sen, the 20-year old Bengali actor who won the National award for best actor this year. Luckily Ridhi is no walkover in Helicopter Eela, even though the entire film seems a showcase for Kajol’s undeniable talent.
The chemistry between the on-sceen mother-son propels the film’s unalloyed predictability into areas of unforeseen excitement. Plus there’s genuine warm and humour evident in the trailer. I didn’t see any other actor except Kajol and Ridhi even trying to make any impression in the trailer. But once Kajol is on screen it really doesn’t matter who else shows up, or doesn’t. This is a good year for female heroes. Hopefully Kajol will take over from where her cousin Rani Mukherjee left off in Hichki.No hiccups here, for sure.
Incidentally, Helicopter Eela is a very strange title for a film. So was Nil Batte Sannnatta. Both based on the same premise: Mom gets educated in the same class as her child.Small world.
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