"Helicopter Eela" - Movie Review
Pradeep Sarkar's Helicopter Eela is a screen adaptation of Anand Gandhi's Gujarati Play, Beta Kaagdo. With this, Kajol Comes back in Hindi films after three-year hiatus (Dilwale, 2015 was her last Bollywood film, Since the movie is about a protective, single mother, who is also an aspiring singer, Pradeep's decision to choose the fresh voice of debutant singer Palomi Ghosh for Kajol, is a winner (Palomi is also an actress and a familiar face as a TV advertisement model).
National awardee ( for Nagarkirtan) Riddhi Sen, plays the role of Kajol's son.
The Three song album begins with Ruk Ruk Ruk, recreated by Singer- composer Raghav Sachar. This Anu Malik chartbuster from the mid-90s had been initially sung by the then queen of pop, Alisha Chinai for Vijaypath (1994). Raghav's version of the track is perkier, and maintains the jazzy orchestration with a generous EDM touch. Falomi renders the song well, and also aces the rap postions, The track features Raghav with a saxophone and Anu Malik as himself, while Kajol dances to the beats just like Tabu did in the original.
Yaadon Ki Almari has a marked retro vibe as it highlights the youth and best of the lead character. Amit Trivedi's minimalist orchestration remains you of his last year's work in Dear Zindagi. What makes this song endearing is not just the soft melody but also the beautiful way in which Amit incorporates the Mohd Rafi track, Lakhon Hain Nigahon Mein, from Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963).
The nuances of the contemporary soundscape apart, what says with you through this track are the sheer honesty in Palomi's voice and her breezy rendition.
Swanand Kirkire's easy to releate to lyrics is another high point of this song - "Ek Phati Purani Jeans, aur T-shirt Beatles wali: Ik Chewing gum thi jiski ghanto tak, chalti hi rehti thi haaye jugaali, Ik wallet hai leather ka, jismein rehti thi kangali: Ik wallet hai leather ka, jismein rehti thi kangali'.
The next track Mumma Ki Parchai ably depicts teenage angst with Swanand's goofy, rant-ridden, humorous lyrics that meet the situation to the T. The words resonate the situations that teens with over-protective, hovering parents face - "Playlist mein loriya ghusayi, Meri Fifa wali team mein, meri mumma kahaan sa aayi, Mere Play Station Ki Screen pe, meri mumma ki parchai'. Pradeep's son Ronit Sarkar's vocals seem perfect for Riddhi. Amit's layered rhythmic arrangements in this composition gives a light rock vibe in the upbeat melody.