Zubaan, directed by debutant Mozez Singh and produced by him in association with Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, opens alongside Priyanka Chopra and Prakash Jha’s hard-hitting Jai Gangaajal. Is Zubaan worth the price of the ticket people would’ve rather paid to watch Priyanka or some Hollywood movie? Let’s tell you what we think in our movie review of Zubaan.
Vicky Kaushal plays Harpreet aka Dilsher, a boy from Gurdaspur who grows up wanting to be like a self-made builder Gurcharan Sikand (Manish Chaudhari) he had met on a construction site and who shared inspiring words with him and gifted him a pen. Dilsher has a problem, though – after the death of his father who is a Kirtan singer, the boy develops a stammer and stops singing. A grown-up Dilsher reaches the city of Delhi and does all kinds of jugaad to be able to meet his idol, but ends up impressing him so much in the end that Sikand wants him to replace his incompetent son Surya Sikand (Raghav Chanana) in the business empire. Sikand’s wife and Surya’s mother Mandira (Meghna Malik) is obviously not happy.
Dilsher, the rooted man finally has his biggest dream in front of him but is caught in the family troubles of his idol. But does he really want it? In a parallel story, Dilsher and Surya’s friend Amira (Sarah-Jane Dias) develop a rare friendship that turns into love. She helps him ‘find his music’ and his ‘real dream’. So, does Dilsher become Dilsher Sikand? Or does he go back to his roots? That is what Zubaan is about, reminding you a bit of The Devil Wears Prada where the novice (Anne Hathaway in the movie) aspires to be like her tough Editor (Meryl Streep), but does not take the job in the end.
Performances in Zubaan
Much was expected of actor Vicky Kaushal after his noteworthy performance in Masaan (2014). He is perfect for the role in his 2015 outing in Zubaan, but could’ve brought in more energy to his act in a few scenes. But maybe that was not required, subdued as his character is in Zubaan. Vicky is young and still raw, and has a long way to go in the acting department. After Masaan and Zubaan, we’d like to see him in a happy role now. Maybe an out-and-out romcom?
But Vicky’s personality is more suitable for action roles, and he could easily fit into the shoes of Ajay Devgn and the Akshay Kumar of the 1990s. But the GenNext actor Vicky would prefer to star in meaningful cinema, we gather, and not run after masala action flicks just to make money. Right, Vicky?
Meghna Malik, popular on television, is brilliant in Zubaan – she is the best of the lot, and also the experienced Manish Chaudhari. Raghav Chanana plays out his role with great care, that of a spoilt, childish brat who wants to shine in front of his daddy. Sarah-Jane Dias is good in some scenes and average in others.
Having said that, we still think Zubaan could’ve been made better. The film showed promise from the trailer but does not quite deliver as an overall experience. However, like we said, the performances by Meghna Malik, Manish Chaudhari, Raghav Chanana, the lead actor Vicky Kaushal and Sarah-Jane Dias, in that order, are well worth it.
We understand from its production values that it had budget constraints, but even a film of this scale could’ve been pacey. We have no complaints for the cinematography by Swapnil Sonawane, though. It is brilliant, especially in the night scenes and the entire Dhruvtara sequence.
For a musical, the music of Zubaan by Ashutosh Phatak is good but not great. The song Ajj Saanu O Mileya (The Anthem of Dreams) that is played out to conclude the movie is the most memorable. Dhruvtara and Music is My Art are also hummable. But the entire film and the music are aimed at the festival circuit and the multiplex audience, and are not likely to do well commercially.
Even with that, we wish efforts like Zubaan well. Our rating for Zubaan: 2 stars.
Let us know what you think of Zubaan if you happen to catch it in theatres!
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