Produced by ROMP Pictures and Excel Entertainment, TOOFAN is written by Anjum Rajabali and directed by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra. Covid delayed the release on the big screen and hence gets an OTT release on Amazon Prime.
After an uninspiring beginning it took a smart phone to understand the period the film was set in. There is this ” it happens only in movies” romance that knocks out the little boxing in the film. The film rushes to say a lot and the long duration is truly testing. Intermittent songs nullifies whatever little interest is left in the film. The saddest part is the inadequacy of the film to connect it’s viewers to the characters in the film. This supposedly sports drama ends up as a melodrama with little sport. Rakesh Omprakash Mehra has delivered some of the most remarkable movies in Indian cinema especially the most brilliant RANG DE BASANTI. TOOFAN is easily his most fragile film ( or is it because it’s Farhaan’s film)
Farhaan Akhtar is old and good overall, except when he tries hard. Mrunal Thakur is that intelligent girl who takes dumb decisions, again only in films. Paresh Rawal brings in his experience to deliver a good performance but the role lacks depth. Rest are okay.
Jay Oza’s cinematography works amazingly well. Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy’s music is a huge letdown. Editing by Meghna Sen is largely loose. Dialogues are average. Rakesh’s direction sadly is a comedown.
Don’t be fooled by the name TOOFAN is more a breeze, than a storm.
TOOFAN – TOOTHLESS !!