Saand Ki Aankh tells the story of a family-based in a small village, Johri, of Uttar Pradesh. It’s majorly set in the 90s and hence carries the typical men-dominated with it. Led by the ‘bade bhaiyaa’ Ratan Tomar (Prakash Jha), the film starts as Chandro Tomar (Bhumi Pednekar) and Prakashi Tomar (Taapsee Pannu) plan to run-off by giving a vague made-up reason. They are successful in fooling the family, as we see them prepping up to play the National Shooting Competitive.
Rewinding back 20 years, the story starts takes us to the flashback of how Chandro & Prakashi turn to Shooter Dadis of UP. It starts from the greed of having a government job & ends at the government praising the house women turning into sharpshooters. We see a rollercoaster ride of emotions in which both of them despite facing various obstacles reach the finish point and win the race.
Balwinder Singh Janjua’s screenplay is full of heroic moments laced with a pretty neat narrative. Despite taking a non-linear route, the story is crystal clear and has an abundance of seeti-maar sequences.
Tushar Hiranandani, who started as a clapper boy in Aamir Khan’s Mann, makes his foray into direction with Saand Ki Aankh. He keeps the formula basic and doesn’t experiment much behind the camera. He follows the rule and delivers an informative entertainer.
Vishal Mishra’s songs are pretty situational. The perfect combination of Sunidhi Chauhan & Jyoti Nooran in Udta Teetar set the tone right for both the characters. Aasha Bhosle’s Aasmaa does wonders for the script as a melancholic addition.
Sairat fame Cinematographer Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti takes a similar route for Saand Ki Aankh as well. He gets the heart of raw & rustic outings, and even in this film, he knows how to make everything visually appealing.
Taapsee Pannu leads the show with her emotionally staggering performance. From accent to the walk, she rarely gets anything wrong. Strongly supporting her Bhumi Pednekar slips a few times when it comes to the character traits. But, despite all the minute flaws, they both proved why the age of an actor doesn’t matter when it comes to acting.
Prakash Jha is so convincing when it comes to playing the bad guy. He’s so on-point with his character that even when he’s doing something good, you just can’t forgive him. Pritha Bakshi & Sara Arjun as Seema, Shefali add emotions at the right time to the narrative.
Overall, Saand Ki Aankh, more than being a biographical drama, is an inspirational tale of two women who chose to never give up.
Movie: Saand Ki Aankh
Producer: Anurag Kashyap
Director: Tushar Hiranandani
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar, Viineet Kumar Singh
Writer: Jagdeep Sidhu
Music: Vishal Mishra