The secret of success behind Secret superstar!  

By Neeru Saluja

Aamir Khan always has an ace up his sleeve. If last year it was the highest grosser ‘Dangal’, this time it is his Diwali release ‘Secret Superstar’.

Shot entirely in Mumbai, the film revolves around a small town teenager Insia, played by Zaira Wasim (Dangal’s younger wrestler girl) who dreams of becoming a singer. While her mother (played by Meher Vij) supports her dreams, her controlling father is ready to crush her dreams with his abusive nature.

Determined to show the world her talent, Insia uploads her song on YouTube clad in a burqa and her videos go viral. Within a short span of time, she becomes a singing sensation but her identity is still hidden. Until she meets outlandish Bollywood’s music producer Shakti Kumar played by the versatile Aamir Khan. Her journey then unfolds leading her to testify her dreams versus her relationship with her mother.

Written and directed by debutant Advait Chandan, who is Aamir Khan’s former manager has definitely made his boss proud of him. He has dealt with the plot with great sensitivity, bringing out the best from the lead actors. It may be an Aamir Khan film, but the acting and relationship of the mother and daughter stands out. Their battle is not only about pursuing their dreams, but also about the sacrifices they have made for each other and the fight for freedom amidst the oppressive life they lead. While on one hand the film deals with the progressive society where YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are giving voices to the nation, there are parts of India where a male dominated society still exists. The ‘burqa’ not only hides their faces, but in this instance leads their path to fame and freedom.

Brought by Zee Studios in Australia, the film is being screened at Events Cinemas only for $10 at selected cinemas for Cinebuzz members. If you are keen on quality cinema, Secret Superstar is the film to watch this festive season.



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