Starring Farhan Akhtar, Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal, Vijay Raaz, Supriya Pathak, with a running time of 162 minutes, Toofan Trailer got more than 40M views on YouTube uploaded by Amazon Prime Video official channel. Moving ahead to Toofan movie review while considering the star cast, storyline, and plot.
Toofan is the story of Aziz, a street fighter whose life follows his ambition of turning his roadside boxing skills into boxing championships inside the ring. Hailing from Dongri, the sidekicks of the otherwise plush cosmopolitan Bombay, Aziz’s life takes a turn when in walks Ananya played by Mrunal Thakur. She is his source of inspiration and a perennial source of love. This film, which plonks itself comfortably on the cushion of sports, is backed up by the inter-religious love affair between Azeez and Ananya. Their story beats with life, vigor, and vitality and fights bravely against all odds placed by a society that irks at the name of an inter-religious marriage.
The duo’s challenge while dealing with the ever-growing world of boxing and Aziz trying to aim for a life of dignity, is further challenged by an Islamophobic father who is sure to create mayhem to this endearing relationship.
Toofan Movie Review:
Farhan’s transformation is all goals. The physical transition that he had undergone to get into the skin of Aziz Ali is marvelous. Farhan is more of Toofan and less of Azeez Ali. One feels the rage and wrath as he punches the wall but falters on the emotional waters as Azeez. The lack of self-confidence at having frown a potbelly and the eventual graduation into chiseled and, accompanied by a host of emotions is brilliantly portrayed by Farhan.
Farhan aces the role of Aziz’s Ali. Mrunal Thakur is charming and thoroughly energetic. She trods the lines carefully without becoming uselessly bubbly and renders a touch of sincerity to her role as Ananya. She communicates beautifully through her eyes. Mrunal is like a breath of fresh air. Her captivating eyes and flawless portrayal of a doctor who inspires the sportsman in Ali are really convincing. She is one of the prime reasons for not opting out of the film. She’s believable and lovable throughout.
Rawal who plays Nana Prabhu is an experienced coach, merging strong-headedness with an emotional softness. The little funny moments in the film are accredited to Paresh Rawal. He is solid and thoroughly wise as he coaches Azeez in sports and life alike.
The cinematography by Jay Oza is one of the best things about the way the film looks. The shots of Dongri set against the competitive world inside the boxing ring and the feisty works of Bombay filled with underdogs like Aziz Ali are brilliantly captured by Oza. The story and screenplay by Anjum Rajabali are dragged and might lead you to keep checking how much time is left for the movie to come to a close.
The characters are thoughtfully cast but they fail to be relatable. Legendary actors like Vijay Raaz and Supriya Pathak are sadly underutilized. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who is known for movies that have designed our childhood, makes this story of boxing and coming of age look very simple and easy. It fails to strike a chord and needless to say, requires some depth. Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s music fails to please much.
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Parting Thoughts on Toofan Movie Review:
The plot is surely predictable, the dialogues are taken out and incorporated from old Bollywood movies that we grew up watching. The Hindu-Muslim animosity and the need for a secular picture had been hinted at without any nuances. The brilliant cast falls short of utilization and falls into the whirlpool of a mediocre film. Despite a convincing actor like Akhtar on board, Toofan often steers away from the crux of the film and embraces its emotional aspects.
People who root for Farhan as an actor should definitely give this film a watch. However; the film isn’t one of the best sports films we have today.
Starring Farhan Akhtar, Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal, Vijay Raaz, Supriya Pathak, with a running time of 162 minutes, Toofan is the story of a roadside ruffian turned boxer who fights his odds and presents this delightful film. The film is now airing on Amazon Prime.