When it comes to biopics, Bollywood is still pretty amateur and not everyone can come up with a Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The new one into the lot is Ayushmann Khurrana’s Hawaizaada which deals with the untold story of scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, who is credited to have constructed India’s first unmanned plane.
The film is set in the pre-independence era of 1895 and while it is always a treat to watch vintage stories on celluloid, I am not sure if this one is as impressive. The trailer of Hawaizaada is quite clear with its story as a nerdy character of Ayushmann has lofty dreams of designing India’s first unmanned plane and how he faces stiff opposition not just from his close ones but also the ruling party, the British.
With shades of patriotism sprinkled, the film mainly focuses on this unsung hero whom none of us have recognized until now. While the plot seems good, the representation of it all seemed to be caricaturish. The trailer does not naturally takes into the era and that for me was little disappointing.
Giving Ayushmann a nerdy look and the ancient dressing does not quite succeed in making it impressive. Mithoon Chakraborty who essays the character of his mentor is quite a delight in the trailer and actress Pallavi Sharda other than looking stunning does not quite pack a punch.
While the major work seems to be done on the visual parts considering recreating the olden era is always a challenge, the dialogues seem too trite for the plot. In the lieu of making the film high on commercial quotient, the trailer gives quite a theatrical feel which seems a little over dramatic.
Also with stories such as this, it is important to catch the right tone and factual problems must not arise out of it. I will be more than relieved if this film does not run into a controversy over its information since usually all biopics do. As long as the makers stick to the right story and Ayushmann is successful at shedding his Delhi-boy image, this film may work just fine.