Movie Name: Toofaan
Directed by: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Produced by: Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, P.S. Bharathi, Rajiv Tandon
Starring: Farhan Akhtar, Paresh Rawal, Mrunal Thakur, Vijay Raaz, Mohan Agashe, Hussain Dalal, Darshan Kumar
Genre: Sport, Drama, Romance
Release Date: 16 July, 2021
Running Time: 163 Minutes
Original Network: Amazon
Farhan Akhtar brings brawn but there is no heart in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s most filmy film ever
Farhan Akhtar plays a boxer in this fictional drama.
Toofaan is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language sports drama film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and starring Farhan Akhtar as a national level boxer, alongside Mrunal Thakur and Paresh Rawal in supporting roles. Filming commenced in Dongri on 26 August 2019 and was completed in March 2020. The film will stream on 21 May 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.
Earlier the movie’s cinema opening date was announced to be 2 October 2020, coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti. After getting advanced to 18 September 2020, the release was indefinitely delayed due to Chinese Virus COVID-19 pandemic in India. The film will stream on 21 May 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.
Toofaan Movie Trailer:
Toofaan – Official Trailer 2021 | Farhan Akhtar, Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal | Amazon Prime Video
Song Title: Toofaan (Title Track)
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Music Composer: Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Singer(s): Siddharth Mahadevan
Song Title: Todun Taak
Music Composer: Dub Sharma
Song Title: Star Hai Tu
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Music Composer: Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Singer(s): Himani Kapoor, Siddharth Mahadevan, Divya Kumar
Song Title: Jo Tum Aa Gaye Ho
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar, Manoj Kumar Nath
Music Composer: Samuel–Akanksha
Singer(s): Arijit Singh
Farhan Akhtar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s tale of an underdog boxer is marred by dramatics, Bollywood cliches and a disappointing lack of style and soul.
Toofaan is the kind of film you would make after someone forces you to sit through a hundred popular Hindi films, and asks you to crunch them up and regurgitate the result. It does not seem like a passion project, but a film school assignment. Perhaps my disappointment stems from the comparison I have inadvertently made with director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s earlier works. A single frame in Rang De Basanti carried more life and passion than the dull two hours 40 minutes of Toofaan. Hell, even Bhaag Milkha Bhaag took some risks. Too bad, the reunion of Rakeysh and Farhan Akhtar is nothing but a by-the-numbers sports film.
It’s eight years later and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has convinced Farhan Akhtar to hit the gym again. The love affair with abs, sweat, and training montages continues in Toofaan. It may seem like a close cousin to Salman Khan’s Sultan — another film about an athlete who was driven away from his passion at the peak of his career only to grow a paunch — but they are not the same movie.
Don’t let the neutral palettes or Farhan’s unwillingness to spin on dance floor fool you, Toofaan is almost as filmy and melodramatic as any top tier Bhai production. Every thought is spelled out; characters have verbal conversations with dead people in photo frames, and break into choreographed dance sequences. There are scummy villains with a fake eye, disapproving dads, and a kind Christian lady. There is also a Circuit-kind who would eat glass for his ‘bhai’ and a track un-ironically inspired by Sooryavansham that I still cannot get over. But, worst of all is the most shameless case of ‘fridging’ in recent memory. It’s the year of our Lord 2021; can filmmakers stop killing women to develop male characters?
Farhan is Ajju Bhai from Dongri, the street goon with a talent for punching people. He lands in the world of boxing one day and decides to live a life of ‘izzat’. Ajju has a heart of gold, and Farhan’s not-very thuggish, polished aura does not help sell the orphaned ruffian vibe either. However, as Aziz Ali the boxer, Farhan manages to look at more ease.
The transition happens when a nice woman named Ananya, played by Mrunal Thakur, tells him to live that life of ‘izzat’. But the doorway to that life is manned by her dad, boxing coach Nana Prabhu, the Mr Miyagi to our Ajju, played by Paresh Rawal. There is one problem though. He is a bigot.
After Manto, this is yet another surprising move by Paresh. In Toofaan, he plays a Muslim-hater who drops terms like ‘Love Jihad’, and is ready to cut all ties with his daughter because she’s fallen for Ajju. He is one of the film’s better performers, standing tall over Farhan as the no-nonsense coach, and in a moment of rage, hurling the filthiest abuses at him for tupping his white ewe.
Toofaan was supposed to be a moving underdog story. It was perhaps designed to replicate the success of another Farhan production, the perfect Gully Boy. At least the sepia-style, murky frames (shot by Gully Boy DP Jay Oza) would have you believe so. However, it’s an uninspired and uninspiring concoction of dramatic lines that carry little emotional weight, plot lines seen a thousand times before, and characters that do not strike a chord. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra captured what it feels like to be young in an unfair world with films such as Rang De Basanti, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Delhi-6. Hope he finds that distinct style and voice again.
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Farhan Akhtar’s pugilist drama Tofaan to release on OTT on May 21, confirms director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
The hope that the big filmmakers with big-screen films won’t go the OTT way seems like a distant dream now. More and more of the biggies are going straight to the digital platform. Now it’s Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s lavish sports drama Toofan featuring Farhan Akhtar as a boxer fighting his way to glory that has gone to the streaming platform.
For weeks now, there was speculation that Mehra’s sports drama, his second with Farhan after Bhaag Milka Bhaag, was going the digital way. Now confirming this, Rakeysh tells me the film will premiere on May 21 on Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon it seems is currently shifting its focus away from its line-up of web serials after the Tandav controversy. Sources tell me Amazon is in negotiations to buy several big-budgeted film including Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi and Sajid Nadiadwala’s Heropanti 2.