Secret Superstar : (2017) Movie Review
Secret Superstar : Thematically, this one could pass off as a sequel to Aamir Khan‘s ‘Taare Zameen Par’ (2007) – a story of a school kid who is trapped in an unfortunate situation not allowing one to dream, forget realising it. While Ishaan Awasthi of ‘Taare…’ was a victim of dyslexia, Insia Mallik in ‘Secret Superstar’ has a monster dad in her path to success.
Living in small flat in Baroda, little Insia (Zaira Wasim) is a gifted singer who finds tremendous encouragement from her mom Najma (Meher Vij). Infact, to such an extent that she sells her only necklace to gift her daughter a laptop. Aware of her conservative dad’s (Raj Arjun) hatred towards her (as girl child), Insia shoots a song wearing a burqa and uploads it on YouTube under the pseudonym ‘Secret Superstar’.
The song turns out to be a rage and catches the attention of eccentric music composer Shakti Kumaarr (Aamir Khan) – a criss cross between Anu Malik and Bally Sagoo of yore – who arranges to secretly fly Insia down to Mumbai for her first song recording.
Debutant director Advait Chandan chooses a leisurely pace to narrate his ‘realise- your-dream’ story and packs it with right dose of emotions, drama and comedy. Multiple tracks involving the mother -daughter equation, Shakti mentoring Insia and even learning a few valuable lessons from her and the cute sub plot of Insia’s school mate Chintan (Tirth Sharma) cheering her up whenever she’s down and out are beautifully blended in to a rare film which makes you cry as well as laugh at different points of time.
On the movie’s only flipside, Amit Trivedi’s music is a letdown considering it revolved around an aspiring singer.
The acting department is top class. Zaira Wasim (the young Geeta from last year’s ‘Dangal’) is outstanding in the titular role. Meher Vij is super impressive as the resilient mother allowing her child to dream big even as she herself, lives a worthless life with a wife beating husband. Raj Arjun is so effective that whenever there is a knock on the door, we, as audience, fear what terror will this villainous scoundrel bring in to the home. Tirth Sharma is absolutely natural as Insia’s buddy.
Finally, Secret Superstar is an Aamir Khan film all the way and its to his credit that the producer -actor gamely relegates himself to a supporting role giving his child lead the upper hand. He did it earlier in ‘Taare Zameen Par’. Even here, Aamir shines in his small role. So does his sweet & touching film.
Ratings on some key aspects :
1. Acting: 4.5/5
2. Direction : 4/5
3. Music : 2.5/5
4. Story, Screenplay and Dialogue : 4/5
5. Cinematography : 4/5
6. Production Quality : 4.5/5
7. Action : NA