I watched Toofan by Farhan Akhtar and being a fan of ‘Hindi सनीमा’ like we all are, nowadays I WANT detailed films about the life journey of these kinds of characters. The content around us had gotten so edgy and fast-paced that I’m suddenly missing the moments when the movie took its share of time to tell the story.
I’m not saying that Toofan is all fun and games, it gets tiring, but it’s mostly the experience I’m highlighting. It comes with flaws, but what caught my eye were the things that happened with Farhan Akhtar’s Aziz Ali AKA Toofan outside of the boxing ring.
Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (ROM) has always been a master at executing emotions and Toofan excels on that front. Whether it’s the track of Farhan-Mrunal Thakur (plays the role of Ananya, Aziz’s love interest) or Mrunal-Paresh Rawal (plays the role of Aziz’s coach and Ananya’s father, Nana Prabhu), ROM has the power to develop a connection with your characters even if they are living a life “model” in your movies.
Farhan Akhtar’s efforts are visible physically and mentally (* SPOILER *: His act in the scene where he erases the number from Mrunal’s head is painful) as well. He has the charm of someone like Abhay Deol, but he has the advantage of being physically molded to the role.
Mrunal is SO GOOD too! The way he made Ananya so animated needs to be commented on as much as if not more than how Farhan achieved his physical transformation. The character of Ananya also supports ROM’s understanding of emotions in her movies. Follow the classic trope of building a deep connection with the character and ending up wowing viewers.
The character of Paresh could be questioned for the religious thoughts he had (SPOILER: and a pre-climax twist between him and Darshan that could be seen coming from miles away) despite being the great coach that he is. His hatred of Muslims appeared as a trick. The writers should have worked there.
* SPOILER * The only angle I think Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra should have given us a spoonful is how Aziz, Nana’s characters, had lost their loved ones in a disaster. Nana lost his wife in a terrorist attack and Aziz Ali lost his wife too, but in a tragedy that was not specifically related to any particular religion. ROM should have taken advantage of this angle to strengthen the core between Aziz and Nana in the second half.
In general, my love for the movie lies in how Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra handles the ‘Toofan’, which is inside Aziz Ali. At 163 minutes, I didn’t bother to check how long the movie is left to do and it makes me miss theaters even more.
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