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Helicopter Eela Review

User Rating: 2.25
Helicopter Eela Review

Average Ratings:2.25/5
Score: 37% Positive
Reviews Counted:8


Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:  News18

Helicopter Eela stars Kajol as a woman who doesn’t know the difference between mother and smother. She’s every teenager’s nightmare…the sort of parent who doesn’t respect boundaries, who doesn’t understand the meaning of privacy, and whose entire life revolves around her offspring. She’s a ‘hoverer’, and hence the ‘helicopter’ in the film’s title.It’s an interesting starting point for a story, except that the story of this film doesn’t go beyond the usual clichés.A chunk of the film’s second half is focused on the comedy that arises out of mother and son attending class together, and while some jokes land the truth is that none of it feels particularly fresh. That’s true of the film too. You’ve seen all this before…and done better too.I’m going with two out of five

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:  Filmcompanion

You remember Anjali Sharma – the character Kajol played in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…? She’s over-animated, shrill and drop-dead gorgeous. Well, if she got older and became a single mom, she would be Eela in Helicopter Eela. Eela also has that Mrs. Raichand trait of sensing when her son is near. So just like Jaya Bachchan turns to the door in K3G before Shah Rukh Khan walks in, Eela opens the door even before her son, Vivaan has knocked. But what was the ultimate proof of maa ka pyaar in 2001 has become a sign of smothering in 2018.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Saibal Site:  NDTV

The problem with Helicopter Eela is that it allows the drama to trump its comic potential. A little more wit and humour and a little less earnestness might have given the film the wings it wants. After a disappointingly predictable and patchy two hours, the climax, too, does little to help the audience forget the trudge up until this point.To sum up, Helicopter Eela is an ungainly crash landing at the end of a wobbly ride.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Site:  Indian Express

A doting mum and her resigned-to-it son are the focus of Helicopter Eela, in which said Eela helicopters around Vivaan to the extent of smothering him. Will they grow up and out of each other? This is a Bollywood movie, so that question is redundant. But the answer, which unravels over two and half excessively long hours, is so devoid of interest, that you feel like shutting down almost as soon as the film starts.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:  Hindustan times

The idea of Kajol being too boisterous for a library is easy to accept, and the actor takes the role seriously enough to make Eela believable. The film doesn’t work as hard, with college students using volumes of the World Book for research, and a young man with a thickly Bengali accent playing Eela’s half-Maharashtrian, half-Punjabi son. In a throwback to Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’s infamously unplugged electric guitars, Kajol even conquers a stadium with a song without needing a microphone. This Mommy may not know best, but she sure knows loudest.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Ronak Kotecha Site:  Times Of India

In the second half, director Pradeep Sarkar often comes close to giving wings to his protagonist, but that doesn’t happen till the very end. During this half, the mother joins the son in college and there’s ample opportunity for comedy, but that doesn’t ever play out. While the mother-son conflict is the core of the story, their confrontational scenes become a tad too repetitive. Overall, Helicopter Eela is a fun ride that manages to land safely despite some turbulence. Watch this simple and endearing tale of motherly love with your mom in tow.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Anita Site:  Khaleej Times

There are some loose ends in the film that mar its narrative. The conflicts between the son and mother resolve conveniently and Kajol gets her big live performance in the climax. The film falls into all the Bollywood trappings and seems inconsistent at times. In the end, Helicopter Eela is a well-intentional, popcorn Bollywood masala family film that will leave you with a smile.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Manjusha Site:  Gulf News

While the first half moves at a languid pace, it’s the second half that picks up pace. The conflict between the mother and son reaches a breaking point and it’s engaging to watch them navigate those tricky terrains. But what lets the movie down is the simplistic manner in which the movie explores the life of a single mother. Even at the end of the movie, it’s unclear what Eela did for a living to make her ends meet. Even if we assume that her estranged husband left her a tiny fortune, the math of living in a costly city in India does not just match up.The problems in this film are resolved in a pedestrian and simplistic manner. Eela’s journey of self-discovery is hasty and not wholly believable.

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Helicopter Eela Story:

The plot revolves around the consequences when humans build a temple for her first-born. Set in Pune in the 1920s, it revolves around three generations of a brahmin family.

Helicopter Eela Release Date:

Oct 12, 2018 ( India)

Helicopter Eela Cast:

Kajol as Eela Raiturkar
Riddhi Sen as Vivaan
Tota Roy Chowdhury as Arun
Neha Dhupia as Lisa Marine
Shataf Figar as Madhavi Bhogat
Atul Kulkarni as Prime Minister
Mukesh Rishi as Rajesh Kumar Sharma
Imran Khan in cameo appearance as himself

Director:  Pradeep Sarkar

Ajay Devgn
Jayantilal Gada
Aksshay Jayantilal Gada


Run Time:  2 hour 10 Minutes

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