Bhoomi review – Good ideas, bad execution

Title: Bhoomi
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Jayam Ravi, Nidhhi Agerwal, Ronit Roy, Radha Ravi, Thambi Ramaiah
Director: Lakshman
Streaming on: Disney+Hotstar
Language: Tamil

Story: Bhoominathan (Jayam Ravi) is a NASA astronaut. He is assigned to go on a Mars mission and is given a small vacation before the mission starts. He decides to go to his village during this vacation. After visiting his village, he comes to know about the problems faced by farmers and decides to solve them. How did he solve them forms the story.

Performances: Jayam Ravi is the savior of the film. He is the only reason the movie is watchable even during patience-testing moments. Nidhhi Agerwal hardly appears for a few minutes and we almost forget that she is part of the film. Ronit Roy is okay as the typical corporate villain. Radha Ravi and Thambi Ramaiah have done these type of roles several times and have done well again.

Technicalities: Camerawork is neat. Imman’s music is not on par with his usual standards. Production values are good. Dialogues are good on paper.

Analysis: The idea and intention behind the film are good and deserve appreciation and apt for Jayam Ravi’s 25th film but it’s the execution and screenplay which leave a lot to be desired. The movie starts with terrible lip sync where English dialogues are overlapped with Tamil. This happens several times in the film. It could have been easily avoided by leaving the English dialogues as they were. The movie picks up after the first scene and is fairly engaging up to halfway mark. The emotional connect built through Thambi Ramaiah’s character is effective. Some ideas and information provided throughout the film are informative and educative but we don’t know how far they are practically possible and if anyone has ever really tried these methods. However, the execution of these ideas on screen are not so convincing and are far from reality. The second half is a total cliche. The usual corporate villain and his evil plans to destroy the farmers is something we have seen in too many movies already. So, no matter how good or bad those scenes are, they offer nothing fresh at all. The emotional connect which existed in the first half is missing in the second half and this ruins the climax which ends up being too silly. The movie will be a passable watch if you adjust to the cinematic liberties taken in the film. Otherwise, the movie will test your patience right from the start.

On a whole: Bhoomi’s good intentions are ruined by a weak screenplay and a far from reality treatment. The movie was watchable mainly because of Jayam Ravi.

Rating: 2.5/5

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