If you want to do something, age is just a number. Chandro Tomar and Prakashi Tomar tried their hand at shooting after being over sixty and won a lot of medals. Their success becomes even more admirable when they come from a background where women are considered mere child-birth machines and applying nail polish is their dream.
Inspired by the lives of these two women, the bull’s eye is formed. If the shooter is the center point of the shooting target, when a shooter is successful in shooting, he is said to have hit the bullseye. The Hindi translation of this is named the bull’s eye.
Chandro (Bhumi Pednekar) and Prakashi (Taapsee Pannu) take their daughters to Yashpal (Vineet Kumar) to teach them the shootings but Yashpal is stunned when Chandro and Prakashi target precisely.
He craves the talent of Chandra and Prakashi and calls them to practice daily. These ‘Dadis’ may be suppressed by the ‘men’ of the house, but they are very naughty.
By fooling these men, they not only learn daily shooting but also enter the competition. New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai go and win the tournament.
The film’s author Balwinder Januja and director Tushar Hiranandani have included many things in the story of Chandra and Prakashi. She has shown the journey of both of them in the sports world as well as the status of women in the patriarchal society, the vitality of Chandra-Prakashi.
The best thing about the film is that things have been taken seriously, but the presentation has been kept very light. Constantly entertaining scenes keep coming and making the audience laugh. The atmosphere remains pleasant. Many scenes like Chandro speaking English, participating in competitions by lying, going to party have become fun.
On the other hand, there are many scenes which describe the serious condition of women. Surprisingly, even today, millions of women in the country are leading a life where they have no freedom to do anything.
There is a very good scene in the film where Chandro and Prakashi are asked after winning the tournament, how old are you? To which she replies that the woman does not even know how much she lives for herself.
The film runs very fast in the first half. Many incidents have been shown. Even at the interval it seems that everything has been shown, now what remains? The effect appears in the second half when the film becomes dull and the drama dominates.
The film is a little drawn here and this part could have been reduced a bit. Especially the number of scenes with Ratan Singh (Prakash Jha) has gone up and it is too long and does not advance the story. Ratan Singh’s insistence became too long.
Tusshar Hiranandani has introduced the story in a simple way. They have not given much rotation, which could have been given. They could depict Chandro and Prakashi’s story more thoroughly. Tusshar has also tried to connect the film with entertaining and mainstream cinema which is visible. But he was successful in making a film that the audience likes. The influence of ‘Dangal’ was also seen on him. Anyway, this film is a constant reminder of ‘Dangal’.
Some punch lines in the film are superb. Dialogues like ‘manhood is a mustache and dhoti mein nahi jigar haathi hai’ is heard from time to time.
Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar are competent actresses and the chemistry of the two in this film is amazing. She has played a character much older than her actual age, so she has a lot of make-up which is not done very well. Many times it stings the eyes, but the acting of both is fantastic.
Tapsi has caught the rural tone closely which does not leave till the end whereas it is left at some places from the ground. Taapsee has also done a lot of work on body language and Bhoomi has good comic timing.
Prakash Jha is dressed as a hard man who considers women to be leggy. Vineet Kumar is dominated by his natural acting skills. Supporting cast work is good.
The film’s music suits the theme. ‘Udta Pheasant’ and ‘Asmaan’ are good. Sudhakar Reddy has shot the film well.
Overall, the target of the bull’s eye is close to the target.
Producers: Reliance Entertainment, Anurag Kashyap, Nidhi Parmar
Director: Tusshar Hiranandani
Music: Vishal Mishra
Artists: Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar, Vineet Kumar, Prakash Jha, Shadar Randhawa
Sensor certificate: U * 2 hours 28 minutes 40 seconds