Toofaan review – Predictable sports drama saved by performances

Title: Toofaan
Rating: 2.75/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal, Darshan Kumar
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Language: Hindi

Story: Aziz Ali (Farhan Akhtar) works for a local goon. He gets attracted to boxing one fine day and decides to get trained professionally. Was he successful in becoming a good boxer or not forms the rest of the story.

Performances: Farhan Akhtar has put his heart and soul into every scene and his effort and hardwork are clearly visible. This is undoubtedly another great performance under his name. Mrunal Thakur is a revelation. She gets a good role and she did full justice to it. All her scenes with Farhan have come out very well. Paresh Rawal, Hussain Dalal, Darshan Kumar and all other supporting actors did their parts well.

Technicalities: Camerawork is neat and does what is expected in a sports film. Music is good and adds the soul and energy where required. Editing is good during boxing portions but the overall runtime could have been taken care of. The boxing sequences are all executed well.

Analysis: The story and overall screenplay of the film is same as any other sports drama and offers nothing new. The hero emerges triumphant in any sports drama and so, films like this are predictable by default. Despite all these factors pulling the film down, the writing works during the romantic and emotional portions. All scenes between Farhan and Mrunal and Farhan and Paresh Rawal have been written, acted and executed well and these ensured that the connect is maintained with the characters and their emotions. However, the way Farhan gets attracted to boxing is not shown in a convincing way but all that seem like tiny flaws by the end. This film is definitely not close to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the previous collaboration of Farhan and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra but has it’s moments to pass off as a decent watch.

On a whole: Toofaan is a predictable template sports drama made watchable by strong performances and some good moments.

Rating: 2.75/5

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