Toofaan movie starrer Farhan Akhtar is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The film brings back the magical trio of Farhan, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and composers Shankar-Ehsan-Loy. Dub Sharma and Samuel-Akanksha have also composed the film’s music. Arjun Rajabali and Vijay Maurya have penned the sports drama, and the cinematography is by Jay Oza.
Amazon Prime’s Toofaan cast includes Paresh Rawal, Mrunal Thakur, Vijay Raaz, Mohan Agashe, Hussain Dalal, Darshan Kumar ad Supriya Pathak. The plot of the film is – An inspiring story about an orphan boy from the streets of Dongri, who grows up to become a local goon of his area and how his life changes after he meets the young and compassionate Ananya, who guides him towards the right path and makes him realize his true calling i.e. boxing. Toofaan is set in Mumbai, It is a true cosmopolitan city and a melting pot for various cultures and religion.
Toofaan Review: In-depth analysis
Farhan Akhtar’s Toofaan is a story of a Dongri goon named Ajju Bhai, aka Aziz Ali. One day, he gets injured in a fight that he wins. When Ajju Bhai goes to a hospital, he meets Dr Ananya Prabhu (Mrunal Thakur), who throws him out after learning that he’s a goon who got injured in a fight. “It’s a hospital for the needy, who can’t afford treatment,” yells Ananya at Aziz. She also tells him to use his muscle power for doing something better than the gundagiri.
Ananya’s words stay with Ajju Bhai, who decides to use his real name Aziz Ali and decides to take up boxing. Initially, his approach is casual. Aziz is coached by Nana Prabhu (Paresh Rawal), Ananya’s father and an Islamophobic person. As Ali hones his boxing skills and gets in shape, his love story with Ananya starts brewing too. Nana Prabhu praises Aziz for his boxing skills, but despises his religion. Both are unaware of their relationship with Ananya.
Toofaan director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra tells us the tale of a goon-turned-professional-boxer and highlights the country’s current state. Yes, most of the film focuses on how Aziz Ali tries to be a good man, works out hard to achieve the physical transformation of the boxer, win his coach’s trust and win the match. But the religious angle also blends quite well in the story.
In today’s time, when some people are intolerant towards cinema and whatever it portrays, it was brave of Mehra to use the term Love-Jihad as something that’s disrupting our nation. The term is used when Islamophobic Nana Prabhu slams his Hindu daughter for dating a Muslim Aziz Ali. The director also shows that there are people who still believe that a Hindu girl must convert after marrying the Muslim guy. Ali and Ananya believe in none of this crap, as all they want is to live peacefully with love and happiness.
All’s going well in the story when there’s a twist after Aziz Ali gets banned from boxing. Toofaan movie takes an extremely dramatic turn with Farhan and Mrunal’s characters which really does nothing to the story. It is basically written for the redemption of Aziz and Nana Prabhu. It’s a predictable affair here onwards. Some of those scenes should’ve been left at the edit table so the film would’ve been shorter.
Toofaan music is composed by Shankar-Eshaan-Loy, Dub Sharma and Samuel-Akanksha. The Toofaan title track sounds a lot of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’s Zinda. Not all the songs add magic to the story as expected. Arijit Singh has crooned two soulful tracks which stand out in the album.
Coming to performances, Toofaan has an incredibly talented star cast. Farhan Akhtar packs a powerful punch with his act, and Mrunal Thakur adds the required calmness to the story. Paresh Rawal’s dual act as Nana Prabhu and Coach Nana Prabhu is commendable. Actors Vijay Raaz and Supriya Pathak don’t add much meat to the story.
Amazon Prime’s Toofaan Review: Is it worth watching?
Overall, the sports drama is a mixed bag of some good points and several flaws. If the approach didn’t have so much melodrama, it would’ve been better. It’s a boxing film with a social message that’s the need of the house. Please watch it ASAP before it gets mired in controversies and some good scenes get removed.
Toofan is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.