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Movie Review: Toofaan

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The sports drama film Toofaan directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra released on Amazon Prime Video Today. Toofaan is the second venture of the director in the sports arena after the critically acclaimed 2013 film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag which was based on the renowned Olympic runner Milkha Singh.

The sport that the film Toofaan deals in is boxing, taking viewers on a journey of Aziz Ali of becoming the ultimate boxing champion. Though the arc of Ali (Farhan Akhtar) from underprivileged – to boxing champion is highly predictable, the storytelling and the exceptional performance of the cast makes the film an enjoyable watch.

The opening scene begins with master coach Nana Prabhu (Paresh Rawal) telling Ali, who has phenomenal energy and extraordinary speed, to treat the boxing ring as his home. The scene then shifts to establish the character of Aziz Ali and his journey from Mumbai’s suburb to the boxing ring. Ali, who specializes in loan collection and extortion through violent means in a curious case of turnabouts, feel that boxing might help him become a mightier thug; thus, he turns to Prabhu, who is at first reluctant to train Ali but then eventually agrees.

Years later, Ananya (Mrunal Thakur), who is a doctor in a charity hospital, has a dramatic encounter with Ali, and you instantly know that there will be love blossoming between the two. Well, the film is based on decent writing, but you don’t need a Sherlock Holmes to predict how the narrative will sum up at the end. Another weird fact about the film is that there are too many songs. The second half of the film is literally jam-packed with songs. Though one needs good music to feel the adrenaline rush, Farhan Akhtar effortless acting and his hot bod were quite capable of doing that!

If you are going to watch the film keeping high hopes and expectations from the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra- Farhan Akhtar duo, you might get disappointed several times. Toofaan, unlike Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is quite cluttered and deals with many issues that the boxing ring starts looking foggy. However, the one where the director has made the right choice is choosing Farhan Akhtar for the role of Aziz Ali. Right from his body, expressions to dialogue delivery, Akhtar as Ali is exceptional.

Toofaan is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Check out the trailer here:

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