Movie Name: Helmet
Directed by: Satram Ramani
Starring: Aparshakti Khurana, Pranutan Bahl, Abhishek Banerjee, Ashish Verma, Sharib Hashmi
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: 03 September, 2021
Running Time: 110 Minutes
Original Network: Zee5
Aparshakti Khurana film is a cringe-fest from start to finish
Helmet is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Satram Ramani and produced by Sony Pictures Films India and Dino Morea. It features Aparshakti Khurana, Pranutan Bahl, Abhishek Banerjee, Ashish Verma and Sharib Hashmi in lead roles. The film is scheduled for premier on 3 September 2021 on ZEE5.
The Principal photography commenced on 19 December 2019 in Varanasi. The film was wrapped up on 20 January 2020.
The music of film was composed by Tanishk-Vayu, Tony Kakkar, JAM8 and Nirmaan while lyrics written by Vayu, Tony Kakkar, Shloke Lal and Nirmaan.
ZEE5 announces the premiere of Helmet, a social, quirky comedy on 3rd September. After Dial 100, the streaming giant partnered once again with Sony Pictures for this original film. Set in the heartland, Helmet highlights one of the most pertaining issues in our society – the resistance of people to buy condoms, albeit in a non-preachy and entertaining manner.
Produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and actor Dino Morea’s DM Movies, Helmet stars Pranutan Bahl, Aparshakti Khurana, Abhishek Banerjee, and Ashish Verma. Directed by Satramm Ramani with Screenplay & Dialogues by Rohan Shankar, the film is a quirky depiction of the entrenched taboos and diffidence surrounding the simple act of buying condoms in the nation’s heartland.
ZEE5 released the trailer of this social comedy, which is sure to pique the viewer’s interest around this social dilemma, but in a witty and satirical manner. The film is a hilarious exploration of small-town naivety and offers insight into a milieu where even accessing a birth-control device is wrought with multiple social challenges and psychological hang-ups.
Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 India says, “We, at ZEE5, are proud to present a film like ‘Helmet’ which is not only entertaining, but also has a strong message attached to it. Through the journey of the protagonists, it highlights the problem our country is currently facing and tries to give a solution in a unique & interesting manner. We are sure the audience will have a great laugh, but also take notice of the overall objective that we aim to achieve with this film.”
Expressing excitement at the collaboration with ZEE5, Vivek Krishnani, Managing Director, Sony Pictures Films India says, “I’m thrilled that the world premiere of our film ‘Helmet’ will unfold to audiences world over on ZEE5. ‘Helmet’ is a light-hearted take on a subject that has been wrapped up in so much ignominy. The film wonderfully demonstrates that hilarity is sometimes found in the most unexpected places.”
Producer Dino Morea says, “This is a film which has been made with a sense-of-humour with a sweet message. I am also excited about the wonderfully talented ensemble cast, the refreshing storytelling by Satram, my director and the way both entertainment and a certain intelligent sensibility blend together. Rohan Shankar’s dialogues will make you laugh out loud. We can’t wait to bring the movie to the digital screens through ZEE5.”
Helmet premieres on 3rd September on ZEE5.
Helmet Movie Trailer:
Helmet Movie Review:
No harm in converting barmy ideas into socially-relevant comedies, which is what ‘Helmet’ thinks of itself. But that needs smarts.
Why, why would anyone watch a film about condoms and family planning and AIDS control, which is nothing but a cringe-fest from start to finish?
High-school pass, jobless Lucky (Aparshakti Khurana) is in love with Rupali (Pranutan Behl) from a well-to-do background. What she sees in him is a mystery, but then who knows with lovers, right? Big bucks are required to appease snarling dad (Ashish Vidyarthi). The only way out for Lucky and his pals is to dream up a bananas get-rich-quick idea which involves robbery, a whole stack of condoms, and a town where not one soul can look at a prophylactic without turning red.
Going by the makers of this enterprise, men are incapable of buying ‘protection’ from across the counter (apparently there’s only one chemist shop, manned by a lewd guy, in fictional Rajnagar which looks a lot like Banaras) in this day and age.
Take these shameful things (condom packets) away from my sight, bellows a fellow (Jameel Khan, so good in ‘Gullak’) who is highly ‘frustrated’ because his wife isn’t putting out. ‘Haiii ram,’ says his equally frustrated wife. Voila, the rubbers exchange hands. Husband-and-wife get it on. So do the other inhabitants. Lucky and co start counting their pennies, and everyone is happy. Till one day…
No harm in converting barmy ideas into socially-relevant comedies, which is what ‘Helmet’ thinks of itself. But that needs smarts: a great idea about women’s agency regarding their sex drives, and enjoyment in plain horniness gets buried in this mess. The film comes off like those loud, unfunny sitcoms which feel loosely cobbled together.
Aparshakti has stood out in good films; so have Ashish Varma and Abhishek Bannerjee. Here they scramble past such situations as, exhibit A: men in an adult movie show squirming in anticipation of happy endings; exhibit B: a brothel madam who lectures about clients refusing to use condoms; exhibit C: a baddie who has suffered from a ‘bad disease’ because he didn’t wear a ‘helmet’ on his appropriate extremity, and so on, and on.