Srikant (2024) Movie Review

Srikant (2024) Movie Review

Tushar Hiranandani has spent the last 20 years in Hindi cinema writing all kinds of films. Tushar, who started with the film ‘Masti’ in 2004, this is his second film as a director after ‘Saand Ki Aankh’. In between, he has also directed the web series Scam 2003.

The number of comedy films written by Tushar is quite high and his film ‘Kyon Ho Gaya Na’ may not have been a hit, but the emotional scenes woven in its writing can be considered to be a feeling much ahead of its time.

His direction also appeared to be excellent in ‘Scam 2003’. But, this time he has decided to make a film on a subject, whose rights even after buying a director like Rakesh Omprakash Mehra could not muster the courage to make a film on it.

Story of ‘Srikant’:

The story begins in a poignant manner. A child is born in a poor house in Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. His father, who is a farmer, wants him to become a cricketer named Srikant, but their happiness is shattered when they come to know that the child is blind. The father wants to bury the blind child alive to save him from future difficulties, but is unable to do so. This is where the battle for the child’s existence begins.

Srikant (Rajkummar Rao) first becomes a topper in his school along with his sighted classmates, but despite this, he struggles to get admission in science and then despite topping in 12th, he does not get admission in IIT due to being blind. But MIT in America welcomes him with open arms.

Srikant Movie Review

Srikant Bolla is a true man at heart but is stubborn. He goes to court against the education system so that he gets permission to study science subjects in intermediate. He also wins. He does not get admission in the country’s most famous engineering college IIT, but he gets admission with free education in the world’s most famous technical university i.e. MIT in America.

After reading the story of his success, Veera Swati, a medical student here, is impressed by him. When she meets Srikant in America, she inspires him to return to his homeland. The story is very interesting, emotional and moving. Then Srikant succeeds. He becomes arrogant. He repeatedly insults Ravi, who helps him, but he is a friend who follows the principle of ‘Apadgatim cha na jahaati dadati kale’ and lives up to the characteristics of friends told by saints.

The film forgot Devika’s perspective

The film ‘Srikant’ is not a hymn to industrialist Srikant Bolla. It tries to present his personality exactly on screen and in this process, it starts looking like a documentary after the interval. But, the real hero of this story is teacher Devika. Srikant names his first institute by combining her name, Sri-Devi! Devika teaches Srikant selflessly and stays with him till he gets admission in America.

Devika becomes the biggest helper of Srikant when he returns to India. If this entire film had been made from Devika’s point of view, its level would have been different, but it has been made from the point of view of Srikant’s friend Ravi Mantha who in real life helped Tushar Hiranandani in getting the rights of this film.

A study conducted four years ago found that about 50 lakh people in the country are blind and about seven crore people are suffering from some kind of visual impairment. Among the films made on physical disability, Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherji’s film ‘Black’ is counted among the classics, but this film too did not achieve the success like ‘Dosti’.

The generation that used to watch films with social context is either no more or is in such a condition that going to the cinema halls is no less than a mountain for them. In such a situation, the success of films like ‘Shrikant’ at the ticket window is no less than a challenge.

Rajkumar Rao’s one-sided acting

In terms of acting, this film could have been Rajkumar Rao’s memorable film, if Rajkumar had shown the problems faced by blind people in their daily lives. The problems faced in completing everyday tasks become the easiest and strongest medium to connect the audience with the blind character, but these things are not there in the script of the film.

As soon as the hero of any film starts going into the dark, the audience’s connection with him immediately breaks. Rajkumar Rao has maintained the same posture while talking throughout the film and after a while it starts looking very one-sided. His effort is good but before doing this film, if he had seen the acting of Naseeruddin Shah in ‘Sparsh’ or AK Hangal in ‘Sholay’, it could have helped him improve his acting.

Talking about the music, ‘Papa Kehte Hain Bada Naam Karega’ has been beautifully recreated according to the situation. But songs like ‘Tu Mil Gaya’ and ‘Tumhe Hi Apna Mana Hai’ have been created brilliantly in the music of Tanishk Bagchi and Sachet-Parampara.

Jyothika’s performance as the teacher is excellent. She presents the character in a natural and sensitive way. Alaya F has played the character of Swati very beautifully. Although she has got less screen space, she has shown her strength. Sharad Kelkar has made the character of Srikant’s friend, companion and well-wisher Ravi stronger by adding his role as an actor. The supporting cast is in sync with the theme.

Talking about the acting, Rajkummar Rao as Srikant is the best part of the film. Casting is the most important thing in a biopic. In fact, no one else can be imagined in the role of Srikant except Rajkummar Rao. Rajkummar Rao shines in all the scenes, even when he is seen full of ego.

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