#SecretSuperstar This review is as timely as yesterday’s newspaper. Most of us have either seen the movie already or are biding our time till Amazon prime delivers.

AK productions have hit upon a winning formula – Tell stirring stories of insuppressible talents from the hinterland, who make it against all odds. Throw in some angst like domestic violence, dyslexia or parochial mindsets. Add in an utterly gooey hearted mom and a wonky dad. Tug at the heartstrings of audience, with the family’s conflicts and trauma. Show them succeed.

Voila, You have your hit movie ready. ( e.g. Taare Zameen Par, Dangal and the latest offering)

#SecretSuperstar’s protagonist ( played by Zaira Wasim of Dangal fame) Insia’s dreams are basic – She wants to reach for the stars and save her mom from her dastardly dad. She seeks Music Director Shakti Kumaarr’s ( played with gusto, by Aamir Khan) help, to escape out of her rut. 

But who saves whom, forms the crux of this fairy tale. You sleep to dream and you wake up to work on those gossamer dreams! As simple as that!

But do good samaritans exist? Do our dreams fructify that easily without the requisite blood, sweat, and toil? Can young girls soar unfettered? 

These are indeed cynical times. So sometimes, you gotta let go!

On the downside, for a picture touted as a musical, the music falls flat. There are many threads running simultaneously and though the director cleverly uses the motif of ‘secret superstar’, this falls short of justifying the hype around the movie. The ladies and Chintan ( the besotted boy) with his dimples are topnotch.

In all, an endearing movie, where a simple girl becomes the steel magnolia! 

Yet we see Golmaal earning twice as much!! 

Watch the trailer here

 

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Anupama Jain

Anupama Jain is an accidental late entrant, to the enigmatic world of writing. She is the founding member and Admin of SeniorSchoolMoms (Facebook Group) and an avid blogger ( akkaacerbic.wordpress.com ) ( seniorschoolmomblogs.wordpress.com) She is the contributing author to - Chronicles of Urban Nomads, Crossed & Knotted( India's first Composite Novel, 2016 LIMCA book of Records Holder), When They Spoke, Mock Stalk & Quarrel - all published by Readomania.?She has published multiple stories and Snippets online. She has contributed to parental forums and won many prizes. She was among the top 3, of the Orange Flower Award for Humour, by Women’sWeb in 2016. She was listed as one of the 10 Indian women bloggers, a feminist must follow, by Women’sWeb in July 2017. She is A-Z Blogging Challenge 2016, 2017 survivor. She writes a fortnightly piece at readomania.com - ‘AJ Speaks’ a satirical take on the world around. Her favorite genre is humorous writing. An M.C.A., from Pune University, Anupama stays in Gurgaon with family and currently teaches children. Yes, her epitaph shall read “And She (s)mothered us!!”

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