Director R Balki spins a heartwarming tale that celebrates gutsy people who are not defined by physical and emotional limitations in this cricket drama.
GHOOMER is the story of a physically challenged cricket player. Anina (Saiyami Kher) has always been interested in cricket since she was a child. She resides with her father (Shivendra Singh Dungarpur), grandmother (Shabana Azmi) and brothers Anuj (Piyush Raina) and Tishu (Akshay Joshi). She pursues the sport even while studying and gets shortlisted for the selection process for the Indian cricket team. While she’s on the crease, the session is interrupted by a drunken Padam Singh Sodhi aka Paddy (Abhishek Bachchan), a failed player. In a drunken state, he bowls to Anina and gets her out. He publicly concludes that she’s unfit to be selected. Anina, however, gets selected. At a celebratory dinner, Paddy lands up to get his share of alcohol. When he sees that Anina is one of the selected players, he insults her and the management that selected her. Anina bursts out crying and leaves. While returning home in her boyfriend Jeet’s (Angad Bedi) car, she meets with an accident. The doctors try their best but are not able to save her right arm. Anina, obviously, is shattered. The selection team looks for her replacement. Anina feels like a burden as she struggles to do normal chores after the amputation. On her birthday, Paddy meets her. He’s the only one who doesn’t take pity on her and advises her to become an expert bowler with her left hand. Anina rejects his proposal and blames him for her situation. Slowly, she warms up to this idea and begins her training under Paddy. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
Movie Review :
A terrible accident dashes the dreams of an aspiring cricketer who wants to play for the Indian team. An alcoholic grump barrels into her life, and uses lashes of withering scorn and foul temper to resurrect her. The push-pull relationship between the two forms the crux of R Balki’s ‘Ghoomer’, which ratchets his familiar logic vs magic style to a point where we are constantly forced to pendulum between the two, with mixed results.
The best sight in ‘Ghoomer’ is Anina Dixit’s (Saiyami Kher) upright carriage, not hiding her stump of a right arm which ends just below her elbow. It’s just there, as much a part of her as the full arm was, before the accident. And that is a triumph. But it makes you think: what is the full messy, painful spectrum of feelings that Anina, who used her right hand to whack a ball to the boundary so effortlessly, feels before she came to that acceptance? How does she reach this point so fast?
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18 August 2023
Abhishek Bachchan and Saiyami Kher-starrer Ghoomer released in theatres today, August 18, 2023. Abhishek Bachchan is making a comeback on the big screen with Ghoomer, directed by R Balki, and the movie is produced by Abhishek Bachchan himself, alongwith Ramesh Pulapaka, and Hope Film Makers.