By Chitwan Sharma in New Delhi & Neeraj Nanda in Melbourne
NEW DELHI & MELBOURNE,23 October: ‘Saand Ki Aankh’, literal translation of ‘Bull’s Eye’, is Director Tushar Hiranandani and producers Anurag Kashyap, Reliance Entertainment and Nidhi Parmar’s biographical take based on the lives of sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar. This 146 minutes movie is the tale of two grandmothers (Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar) who fight patriarchy to empower their two granddaughters(Sara Arjun and Pritha Bakshi) towards their goals.
While talking to media (in New Delhi), Tapsee shared her experience of shooting sets, “I called my mom on the sets of Saand ki Aankh so that she can see me that how I look like a 60-year-old woman.”. She further added, “This role will always be close to my heart as this is the biggest risk I have taken in my career so far.”
Bhumi spoke about the subject of the film, “The idea behind the film is to show that these two women have worked so hard since they were young which made them rock-solid and helped them to excel in sharpshooting.”
The grandmothers move step by step through the maze of deep-rooted male chauvinism, gender bias, and cultural stereotypes. The shooting competitions and the elders at home shunning medals with anger ultimately fall flat as womanhood triumphs. The positive climax speaks for itself. The message is crystal clear. Women’s empowerment will succeed whatever the strength of the conservative mold.
The Haryanavi dialect gives the movie a distinct flavor. Prakash Jha as the family patriarch is a gem. The movie was shot in Bhagpat (UP), Hastinapur and Mawana, Meerut district. At times the grandmothers’ makeup looks excessive. It’s not a masala movie. The simple and compelling theme should help create more gender parity.
(Chitwan Sharma attended the media conference in New Delhi & Neeraj Nanda saw the movie preview in Hoyts, Melbourne Central).