Powerhouse performer for all the time, Kajol, is back and this time with a film that celebrates motherhood. Also, it’s been helmed by one of the finest filmmaker, Pradeep Sarkar, who is known to make some remarkable films like Parineeta and Mardaani. Now let us see how well this combination is fruitful for the audience – Paisa-Vasool or Dabba-Gul?
The film narrates the story of Eela Raiturkar (Kajol), a single mother who makes her life all about bringing up her son. The film is based on a Gujarati play ‘Beta, Kaagdo’. A famous singer in the ’90s, Eela’s life now revolves around her 20-year-old son Vivaan (Sen). Obsessed with him, she follows him everywhere. So much so that she even becomes his fellow student in college. Needless to say, things turn sour between the two. What follows next is crux of the story!
Screenplay & Direction
Director Pradeep Sarkar has put forth an emotional mother-son dramedy. He chooses to delve into the ’90s magic in the beginning, slowly setting the stage for a generational confrontation between the mother-son duo.
Sadly the script doesn’t support the Kajol-Ridhi camaraderie beyond a point. And after a solid start the plot crumbles helplessly to the ground writhing down there in sheer helplnessess as an opportunity to pin down a solid film on a mother-son bonding is squandered away in irrelevance, super-fluousness and disharmony.
Post interval, the silliness continues and things continue to happen at random. The climax as expected is also far-fetched and stretched.
Kajol delivers a fine performance and in some scenes, she does bring a smile and even leaves audiences teary eyed. Kajol maybe the lead of Helicopter Eela but Riddhi Sen provides strength of the film. His sequences—be it with his friends or Eela, work wonderfully. Neha Dhupia (Padma) is fine in a supporting role. And rest others played their part well in the film.
Music and Other Technicalities
Music is nothing special, and background score goes well with the mood of the movie. Cinematography is good, VFX is dreadful, and editing should be crisper and better to make the film more entertaining.
Pasia-Vasool or Dabba-Gul?
Paisa-Vasool! Although it has too many loose ends, but it also makes you smile with its several emotional moments. The core of the story is the generation gap between the two, but the bickering between them gets repetitive. All and all, it’s a sweet family entertainer – go watch it with your mom by your side.
Rating: 2.5 Stars