Helmet Movie Review: Aparshakti Khurana & Ashish Verma will win you over in this entertaining but slow film
Social comedies have always been loved in Bollywood . They are a tricky business because the catch is to keep it funny, but also deliver an important message to the society. Well, when the trailer of Helmet released, we were sure it will strike the correct chord with the audience thanks to the fresh and unique concept. Directed by Satram Ramani, the film stars Aparshakti Khurana for the first time in a lead role alongside Ashish Verma , Abhishek Banerjee and Pranutan Bahl. Well, Aparshakti is an incredibly talented young man and fans were over the moon with joy to see that he is finally getting a chance to headline a project.
The film begins at the office of National AIDS Awareness Program, where the team plans to go door-to-door with surveys about condoms. While the team leader is excited about the project, his juniors are wary because they know people are not comfortable talking about contraception openly. We are then introduced to Rupali and Lucky, who are madly in love and ready to take the next step in their relationship. However, they hit a roadblock when Lucky is unable to buy protection at the medical store. Later he goes over to Rupali’s house and asks her parents for her hand in marriage, but is kicked out of his job by her uncle and ends up with a challenge to earn lots of money to start his own business if he wants to marry her.
Lucky, wonderfully portrayed by Aparshakti, decides to rob a truck which carries shipments of mobile phones and other electronics with his gang-- Ashish Verma aka Minus, who is hard of hearing, and Sultan , played by Abhishek Banerjee. As fate would have it, they successfully rob the truck without getting caught but end up with a shipment of condoms! They plan to sell it because everybody needs it. However, it becomes a challenge as nobody will buy it openly. This is where the word ‘helmet’ comes up. The film then explains the need of protection and why it is important to be able to discuss it, or buy it freely.
As you can see, it’s a terrific and original concept. Aparshakti has lived the character of Lucky on-screen while Ashish left us in splits as Minus. Some of the situations and his interpretations of what is being said is hilarious. Abhishek is also very entertaining as Sultan and the dialogues for all the characters are well-written. Pranutan, on the other hand, has portrayed the role of a girl who is irritated by almost everything happening around her until she takes charge and turns the situation around. She is convincing as Rupali, but her expressions could have been slightly better. Coming to the story-- it has too much to offer, gets confusing and at some point it feels like the situations, as well as the film, is being stretched too long. The message behind it has been brought to us in an entertaining package, but a few scenes seem unnecessary and forced, including the song sequences.
All in all, Helmet is sometimes slow but mostly fun and ends up being a one-time watch. The film could not reach its full potential but managed to deliver the message and also gave us a chance to see Aparshakti in the lead, something most of us had been eagerly waiting for since a long time. As Pranutan had said in an interview with Desimartini, Helmet is a family film which can be watched together. So if you’re done with your work from home today, take a break and go watch this film with your loved ones.