Save for the actors, Bhoomi looks like other revenge drama, especially the very recent Mom. While I don't mind the action drama, there seems to be nothing spectacular that draws me to this one.
I try my best not to pay attention to come-backs, because ultimately if a film is engaging, it is so – that an actor is making a come back would really have nothing to do with keeping me hooked. Let's hope it is at the very least better than mediocre.
BHOOMI releases on 22 September, 2017
Milliblog - "The diametrically opposite Kho diya and Trippy are Bhoomi’s musical highlights."
- meeta, a part of the audience
Bhoomi is exactly what you expect. An over-dramatic story of a father and daughter who want to avenge the rape of the daughter. Right from when the film looks at establishing the adorably, loving bond that Bhoomi (Aditi Rao Hydari) and her father (Sanjay Dutt) share, it seems over-the-top. It never lets go of that tone and thus comes across as trying too hard and failing.
Actors try their best to underplay the loud dramatics.
The dialogue is extremely heavy-handed. Every line seems like it wants to make an impact. It is saved by decent delivery though. The entire cast lends its lines some credibility. But, the intention of the lines itself is to be loud and forceful. So, there is only so much the actors can do. Almost each one of them takes on a mode and sticks through it – that's just how the characters are written. Despite some great performers, the performances cater to the demand to be overbearing – overbearingly tearful, funny, sad, angry, disgusting and so on.
The situations that make for the story are episodic and the over-arching story is unengaging. All its attempt to appeal to emotion seem hollow. This is despite being a topic that concerns and affects our day-to-day lives. It doesn't help that each of the situations is dragged on for a bit too long, especially the “drunken” scenes in the first few minutes. Unfortunately, the big reveal of the film is quite predictable.
Except for the effort of the actors, there isn't anything going for Bhoomi. There are a couple of well conceptualised scenes, especially the one in the climax. But, one it is a little too dramatic too and it is of course very little, very late.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Subhash k Jha, Bolly Spice : ...It’s the indignity of being violated and denied redress that comes across strongly in this tempestuous drama where no one can be trusted to tell the truth in our faces without a secret agenda. Not even the director.... full review
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, BHOOMI comes across as a decent entertainer with power packed performance by Sanjay Dutt. At the box office, it will have to compete with other releases for its share of footfalls.... full review
Thumbs up, by Shantanu David, News18.com : ...All said and done, though, Dutt owns this movie, with every scene he’s in. Whether he’s getting sloshed with his best friend, Taj (an excellent if under-used Shekhar Suman) and trying to unsuccessfully hide it from his daughter, or denouncing the hypocrisies of Indian society in a local court, or just beating up the baddies, it is good to see Dutt on-screen again. And the beating up here is minimal; indeed, except for the last half hour, Dutt seethes and simmers, but keeps his anger and anguish in check. When he finally does explode, it’s short, brutal and violent, and a bunch of people die. Stay volcanic, Mr Dutt.... full review
Thumbs up, by Raghav Jaitley, Zee News : ...So, if you are planning to go out for a film outing this weekend, then 'Bhoomi' is definitely not a bad option. It not only gives a good dose of entertainment but also delivers a social message which one can relate to in today's society.... full review
So-So, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle : ...The highpoint of Bhoomi is that the plot of the film is very okay but it has a massy appeal to it. The film might not bore you but it is certainly not one of the most interesting revenge sagas made in recent times... full review
So-So, by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini : ...Overall, this movie is too melodramatic, too clichéd and too slow for it to work for me. The dialogues are trite and don’t offer anything new and the treatment is very 70s and feels dated. For example, the whole piece about covering her up with a dupatta is so outdated and buys into the same cliché of covering up that it wants to bust.... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...The performances are the biggest highlight and the one and only reason why Bhoomi works out, as much as it does. While the film looks like a slick product, it doesn't get the emotion and drama right. A jaded story and some lacklustre writing make it look tired and unconvincing. There are some promising scenes too, but in the end, Bhoomi is just too clichéd for it’s own cause. ... full review
So-So, by Udita jhunjhunwala, FirstPost : ...And the big differentiator is that this film has Dutt showing us that his wrinkles have their own stories to tell. While the idea of an eye-for-an-eye and taking the law into one’s hands is hard to justify, Dutt’s performance is affecting. He’s tender, he’s tormented and helpless, and when he’s vengeful, you feel his pain.... full review
So-So, by Vishal Varma, Glamsham.com : ...All said and done, BHOOMI brings back Sanjay Dutt to his karmbhoomi, like a seasoned warrior Dutt lovingly called 'baba' makes an impact and his screen presence is charismatic as ever. Watch it for Sanju Baba... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...A concern with films which depict such crimes is how the said crime is portrayed. Does it trivialise it or present it as a repulsive act that deserves nothing less than capital punishment? Bhoomi leans on tropes and seems a bit exaggerated since the accused in the film continue to mock the victim and threaten her family, even in the courtroom, while the judge and the rest passively play audience. In that sense, this is much like a spectator sport — a ping pong of insults.... full review
So-So, by K K Rai Reena, STARDUST : ...The film has a lot of violence but Sanjay Dutt is brilliant in it. One should watch the movie for him if not for any other reason. An average fare at the box office.... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...Watch Bhoomi for Dutt. He's from that era of larger-than-life heroes who get you to applaud even when he turns a killing machine. You may not approve of his bloodlust, but you can't fault his swagger... full review
So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Times of India : ...There is something very 80s-90s about the treatment given to the film and you may feel transported back in time to an era of simplistic plots and black and white characters. Even though Sridevi’s recent release Mom had a similar plot, it was interesting to see how a mild-mannered school-teacher would exact vengeance on her daughter’s rapists, but over here, we all know that Sanju Baba will soon start bashing heads together and so, there is nothing to keep you on the edge of your seat as such. However, if you are a die-hard Sanjay Dutt fan, Bhoomi could very well make your weekend... full review
Thumbs down, by Saigal Chatterrjee, DNA : ...Oh no, not another one! Haven't we had more than our fill of rape-and-revenge dramas this year? Following in the footsteps of Raveena Tandon's Maatr and Sridevi's MOM, Sanjay Dutt, in Bhoomi, replaces the angry mother figure with a provoked patriarch pushed to the wall by a crime against his daughter. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Other than Aditi Rao Hydari, who puts on a spirited performance and some scene chewing villainy from Sharad Kelkar there’s nothing here to whet your appetite. Sanjay Dutt appears slow and lethargic and seems to be sleep-walking through a role that would have given any other actor worth his skills, some reason to cheer. There’s really no purchase here!... full review
Thumbs down, by T J Reddy, fullhyd.com : ...The law of diminishing returns dictates that the effect experiences such as Bhoomi have on the audience will be considerably reduced as they are subject to similar stories on a near monthly basis. Movies like this reaffirm my concern that while attempting to magnify oft-neglected injustices in the society, they often normalise these atrocious acts by keeping the audience comfortably numb with their paint-by-numbers narratives. While I try to keep my flag of disdain for such material flying high, I am but mortal. Both my patience and anger will be drowned out by homogenised cinema sooner than later, and I will be but a bystander as irresponsible cash grabs like this one continue to live on long after the death of my sentiments.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...The climax comes with tired tropes that we associate with such revenge dramas – Hydari is shown as Adi Shakti or a devi of Hindu mythology who is wreaking vengeance. While Dutt does the actual fighting, symbolically, Hydari is the one punishing the wrong-doers. Oh, the demands of Bollywood masala train.... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...Omung Kumar's obsession for stylised cinematic moments is more melodramatic intolerable fare. Raaj Shaandaliya writes the most cringe-worthy dialogue of the year to reinforce the trauma inflicted on the father-daughter duo. Originality here means coming up with demeaning games such as 'hide and cheekh'. Its sleazy villains cross all borders of morality with their innuendo talk. The end result is a film which is an assault on the senses.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anita Iyer, Khaleej Times : ...If you had a rough week and want to pep yourself up by watching a movie, this isn't for you. But if you are a Sanju baba fan, who can stop you!... full review
Thumbs down, by Umesh Punwani, koimoi : ...Bhoomi is a story which never should’ve been made at the first place. Alas! Damage has been done now, my only hope with this film is it’ll be a lesson for people who want to execute a story like this. Miss this one, please! Watching Bhoomi after Kingsman: The Golden Circle is exactly the situation everyone feels who visits a local train after Metro.... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja sen, NDTV : ...1Dutt is not the problem. There is one moment - as he looks at a policeman checking a well to see if Bhoomi's killed herself - where his eyes express absolute fear, but the rest of the time he looks like he couldn't be bothered to actually try and act in this self-mocking film. I cannot blame him, for it is a film that makes him eat the lice he picks out of his daughter's head. We should all have known better. The trailer for Bhoomi contained the words "From the maker of Mary Kom and Sarbjit." What could be a scarier warning?... full review
Thumbs down, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...Aditi Rao Hydari pouts and preens, gets clobbered and punched and weeps copiously. Sidhant Gupta, the male interest, is as pouty and peaches-n-cream as she is. Sharad Kelkar shouts and screams as most villains are supposed to. Sanjay Dutt hasn’t lost his acting chops yet, rather seems to be maturing well. But why did he have to pick up a film this regressive for a return?... full review
Thumbs down, by Karan Bali, Upper Stall : ...There’s little to talk about the technicalities. The biggest liabilities are Ismail Darbar’s loud, unrelenting background score and the on-location filming. Bhoomi fails to capture the spirit or essence of Agra, where it is set, merely reinforcing the stereotype that Agra is little more than the Taj, shoes and its translucent sweet, the petha.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...Instead of actually addressing a very real issue, this tearjerker seems exploitative. I am giving a very generous one star to the film. The star is for the intent. The approach and the execution only left me with a bitter aftertaste.... full review
YashJani007: Superb movie....#Bhoomi. Heart touching relation between #father_daughter superb role @aditiraohydari
vermarabin: Amazing movie and brilliant Roll For Sanju Baba @duttsanjay n @aditiraohydari !!
Vanita_ok: GO WATCH #BHOOMI TODAY !A must for every father n daughter
urmil2003: Very brilliant acting of sanjay Dutt in bhoomi. Really good movie @BhoomiTheFilm
sultanshrenik: #Bhoomi Is Strongly Dedicated For Every Daughter And Every Father Of India @aditiraohydari @OmungKumar @duttsanjay My Review!! 4.5/5 ❤❤
SinhaSaahab_: What a brilliant movie! #Bhoomi made my weekend. Class act by @aditiraohydari !!
Sapnachoudhary_: Finally i watched #Bhoomi I love this film because his story is heart touching. All the best @aditiraohydari & @duttsanjay
sanjaysheoran: #bhoomi puting sch a sophisticatd topic & presenting in sch a way, a great movie i've seen in such a long time @aditiraohydari @duttsanjay
SaluHeer: Saw #Bhoomi and sanjay dutts comeback film is 4 out of 5 good revenge saga film.
rameshlaus: #Bhoomi [3.25/5]: Dir @OmungKumar has taken a topical subject and delivers an emotional and gripping movie..
Rajnees46349615: bhoomi is very good movie
RajDesai5: #sanjaydutt at his best again with #Bhoomi strong content... superb movie @duttsanjay
raghavjaitly: A power-packed end that Sanjay Dutt comeback film deserved. #Bhoomi
rabbleking: #sanjaydutt #AditiRaoHydari #Bhoomi Good acting Maamu... Sanjay Bhai... Aditi hats off
NeeLit: #Bhoomi good come back @duttsanjay
minahilfq: #Bhoomi MUST WATCH!!!!!!!! can’t stress enough
meAnkitKumar: You saw the intense look on @duttsanjay face. That how intense the movie was. #Bhoomi very good story with powerful acting.
MANISHD39886758: #bhoomi is one of best thriller of today's time Evry daughter lover will connect with this amazing Cinema @aditiraohydari is Brilliant 4*
luv_sharad: #Bhoomi has revived father daughter relationship! ... heart wrenching story! @SharadK7 superb performance!
lastige_sonu: #Bhoomi is a nice film
kushpandya87: What a powerpack performance @duttsanjay Baba.. energetic comeback #Baba @aditiraohydari mind blowing performance. Superb act. #Bhoomi
KrishnaCullen: watched bhumi brilliant performance from Sanjay dutt sir but movie is not good.
Khan9Aryan: #Bhoomi story is old But tech new good law. Fantastic movie and good choice #sanjaydutt
Kevinder_97: #Bhoomi was a damn good film.. Sanjay dutt’s best film by far
joy_samuel79: Good Movie #Bhoomi .... @aditiraohydari u r flawless.. ur eyes speak with such a Honesty and Intensity... #SanjuBaba u nailed it... #Respect
iRoshanGoswami: #Bhoomi :- One Word Review It's movie which really force to think. Are we really humans. Its an amazing movie & must watch. I'll give 4****
ILikeItBro: #Bhoomi [3.5/5]: Dir @OmungKumar has taken a topical subject and delivers an emotional and gripping movie..
iamamumbaikar: Bhoomi is just not all about @duttsanjay return back film its moe of good acting by @duttsanjay &equally matched by lovely @aditiraohydari
iafhaamshaikh_: #Bhoomi outstanding movie. Must watch. #5star @duttsanjay great comeback. Sanjubaba
GAUAHAR_KHAN: All my blessings n love @OmungKumar n the team of #bhoomi ! A must watch film ... #performances
DineshA58: a powerful film on rape is drawing empty halls what will happen if nobody listens.Every political leader must watch "Bhoomi"
ChopraJitin: #bhoomi must watch @duttsanjay huge huge respect
CharulPundir: outstanding work By U all #Bhoomi Superb story @duttsanjay @aditiraohyri @SharadK7 @PuruChibber btfl direction by @OmungKumar #hatsoff
bcassthprince: Just watched #Bhoomi What a delightful natural drama... Sanjay Sir was fab in a bearded look !!! A father who fights for his daughter
ayubzareen: Watched #Bhoomi . Truly enjoyable movie. After the interval movie reaches to different level. Award worthy performance by @duttsanjay.
AshokNebhnani: There couldn't have been a better come back movie for Sanjay Dutt than Bhoomi. A true winner in every sense. Sanju baba is back with a bang
ArpanKumarJain: What a movie!!! Love your acting @aditiraohydari as #Bhoomi baba at his best as usual.. @duttsanjay
ArmaanThakor: Bhai is amazing action and acting #Bhoomi
ArjunSh12340: Missed the first day but watched #Bhoomi today . Good movie ; nice story & good acting @duttsanjay @SharadK7 . Rated 2.5 out of 5 .
AnimeshShrinate: #Bhoomi Awesome and powerful performances by @aditiraohydari @duttsanjay n @SharadK7 Wonderful direction by @OmungKumar Loved it thoroughly
Amit_akr_7: Loved the movie #bhoomi .. Superb action with emotions.. My ratings 4*/5* Bhoomi review
AditiRaoHydriFC: Just watched #Bhoomi. @aditiraohydari blew me away with her exceptional performance. Loved every second of it. Kudos to you queen. Big hit..
surajchandsurya: #bhoomi movie is so boring Not interesting but aditi act is good
SuperdudeAshish: #bhoomi 2.5/5 Just for star cast n idea of story
rohitjswl01: Performance wise #Bhoomi is far bttr dan many Previous releases @duttsanjay nd @SharadK7 both TERRIFIC Direction not upto d mark
RjHarshil: Just saw #Bhoomi very average film !! Baba na hote to is Bhoomi Ka kya hota. Performances are good story and direction have no spark.
pudiharicharan: #Bhoomi 2.5/5. Intense, hard-hitting but at the same time is a tad regressive. Strong comeback for #SanjayDutt. @aditiraohydari is terrific.
imsuperbstar: #OneWordReview-#Bhoomi - GooD But Could Have Been Better- Excellent Performance - @duttsanjay and @SharadK7 But @aditiraohydari Is Average
altaafshaikh: Love to see @duttsanjay's superb acting in #bhoomi also @aditiraohydari & @SharadK7 did well.. but Story, Direction is not impressive..
yasser_aks: #Bhoomi is a strong contender for the worst film of 2017. #SanjayDutts 'Mrityudata'. Terrific screen presence wasted by pathetic direction.
srk_aravind: Poor screenplay and Direction. It would have been better in different way!
sheharyarizwan: World where women empowering selves, demanding rghts, #Bhoomi takes it all few steps back.Weak #rapevictim dsnt stand up 4self, fight system
SaysSaad: Very slow movie #Bhoomi
SAMTHEBESTEST: Watched #Bhoomi No doubts, one of the Worst film of the year. Disastrous Direction, will be top favourite in #GoldenKelaAwards 3/10*
PriyankaRaina_: #Bhoomi : when Film ends on Rape in interval , then what was need to start post interval with #PornStar #SunnyLeone !!
prakash20877176: #bhoomi bakwaas movie mone waiste
pakzindabad05: #bhoomi dont waste your money on it
naukhaizs: #bhoomi A movie that every #sunjaydutt should stay away from
MRplanner1: #Bhoomi. Jst ok didnt liked it much
JusChaudhary: All those Hindi directors considering another film on rape be ready sell your belongings and destroy your savings! #Bhoomi why the hell why
ChinmayNakhwa: #MyHonestReview of #Bhoomi not at all recommended
chaman131: #Bhoomi ......not up to the mark
brahmatmajay: No offence. One of the worst of @duttsanjay #Bhoomi Sad. He should be more careful in choosing future films.
Bollywood_Box: #BhoomiReview Outdated screenplay, cliched dialogues, and bad to worse direction makes #Bhoomi a very dull cinematic experience *1/2
BJSINGHLIVE: #bhoomi totally disappointed with this movie this is not the comeback i was expecting from machoman @duttsanjay a very dull movie
amitIJVerma: #sanjaydutt shouldn't act at all now. This the worse comeback ever. #Bhoomi is a self mocking film. @OmungKumar u should quit movies.
alj7jaa7: bhoomi flop movie
AjeetabhChauhan: Do behatareen biography banane ke baad Omung Kumar iss baar chook gaye. #Bhoomi
96crorisingh: Floop #Bhoomi kuch jyada hi serious dikha diya...boring ho gya bhai...
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