Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar’s Film Saand Ki Aankh: First Teaser Released
Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar play elderly sharpshooters in their latest film Saand Ki Aankh. See the first teaser below
The first teaser of Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar starrer Saandh Ki Aankh has just been released. The film marks the directorial debut of scriptwriter Tushar Hiranandani and has been produced by Anurag Kashyap. It is based on the true story of Prakashi Tomar and Chandro Tomar, played by Taapsee and Bhumi, respectively. These women, from the village of Johri (Uttar Pradesh), defied traditions and overcame obstacles to become professional sharpshooters. Chandra and Prakashi, who are the oldest sharpshooters in India and the world, achieved fame when they won more than 30 national championships after the age of 65. They visited the film sets during the shoots and gave the two actresses tips on getting their movements and posture right.
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The first teaser of the film begins with a young boy’s voiceover, promising to narrate the tale of his grandmothers, introducing the characters of Chandro Tomar and Prakashi Tomar. Bhumi and Taapsee look older, with their grey hair, but also very fierce and confident, determined to achieve their goals while dealing with the society and its traditions. They are seen wearing a ghagra and shirt, with their heads covered, while practising their aim with rifles and competing. There are also glimpses of some scenes involving angry villagers with guns and shooting.
The sports biopic will hit the screens on 25th October. The first poster was released in June and Saandh Ki Aankh makers received some criticism for casting younger actors to play 60-year-old women, instead of actors closer to that age. In an interview, Taapsee had responded to the criticism by saying, "I was pretty surprised and laughed at it thinking no one questioned me when I played a college girl at 30. Nobody questions when these big actors portray college characters being triple the age. At that time nothing happen….It's so strange that two actresses, at the prime of their careers, decided to look more than double their age, where today an actress always wants to look younger and younger. We decided to look double the age. Instead of appreciating it, people are finding issues with it.”