Welcome back, Mr Dutt . It’s been a while. Even before Sanjay Dutt left for prison his quality of cinematic output had fallen to unplumbed depths of self-degradation.
With Bhoomi, an intense infuriatingly breakneck paced saga of a father-daughter bonding set in Agra(but not in a touristic kind of way) Sanjay Dutt seems all set for a glorious comeback. First of all he plays his age. And plays out a father’s rage with convincing magnetism.
In his last film Zilla Ghaziabad Prachi Desai who is his daughter’s age was cast as his romantic interest. In Bhoomi the stunningly fetching Aditi Rao who is close to Prachi’s age, plays Dutt’s daughter. Whenever they are together in the tightly-edited trailer they seem to ignite a very special fire .
The bonding is real, the drama is driven a cyclonic fury and the bitter frustration and helplessness of a father, and the message is… you can’t mess around with Sanjay Dutt , not when his daughter’s reputation is at stake.
What struck me about the trailer is the protective cordon that Dutt forms around the ravishing Ms Rao. When the cordon is broken by an arrogant goon,played with menacing aggression by Sharad Keklar, it is payback time.
It’s been a while since we had a larger-than-life epic father-daughter drama on screen. Bhoomi seems to fulfilthat lacuna with a stunning ferocity. I can see Sanjay Dutt getting back into form with this one. As for AditiRao her beauty and talent were never questionable. Bhoomi provides that impetus which will jostle her into stardom.