Visual appeal: 3/5
Helicopter Eela Tale: Based on a Gujarati play ‘Beta, Kaagdo’, the flick is the tale of a single mom, who makes her son’s happiness, the only aim of her life. However, will she finish off losing herself and her son in this persistent quest?
Helicopter Eela Review: Sunita Rao’s lilting ‘Pari Hoon Main’ donning on radio accept you gladly to the world of Eela Raiturkar (Kajol). A promising singer of the nineties, she doesn’t live in the past, but her world now concentrates on her 20-year-old son Vivaan (Riddhi Sen). She accompanies him around in the genuine and practical realm; all the method to his college, where she becomes a fellow pupil as well.
It’s a thrilling premise and director Pradeep Sarkar sets the stage for a generational hostility right at the start.
During the first half, authors Anand Gandhi and Mitesh Shah deliver the periods of positive and not-so-positive events in the life of a young pair (Kajol and Tota Roy Chowdhury) with belief. The flick remains on the path with light mockery between the charisma and the story grows steadily without much drama. A fun recording by Amit Trivedi, with idiosyncratic lyrics, also adds to the impetus.
National Award champion Riddhi Sen, who is much-admired for his presentations in Bengali film, pulls off the sensitive scenes with subtlety, but his witty timing could have been better.
Neha Dhupia accomplishes well in her limited character, also. But the movie belongs to Kajol, who rules each and every edge. Her portrayal of a single mom’s love for her only child is convincing, enduring and deserves applause.
In the last half, film director Pradeep Sarkar frequently comes close to giving wings to his character, but that doesn’t occur till the very end. In this half, the mom joins the son in college and there’s plenty chance for amusement, however, that doesn’t ever run down. Whilst the mom-son scuffle is the core of the tale, their argumentative scenes turn out to be a tad too boring.
Overall, the flick is a fun ride that manages to land safely in spite of some turbulence. Watch this humble and appealing story of motherly love with your mom in tow.