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Movie Review: Helicopter Eela (2018)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: TBA

HELICOPTER EELA is the story of a mother and a son. Eela Raitodkar (Kajol) is an aspiring singer and is in love with lyricist Arun (Tota Roy Choudhury). She gets a major break as a singer and actor in a pop song. However, in the middle of the song shoot, the project gets shelved after the underworld gives threats to the director, Mahesh Bhatt. Eela meanwhile gets married to Arun. Their son Vivaan is born soon. All is going well until one day when Arun gets the news that his relative, in his 30s, has passed away. This is when Eela casually remarks how all the men in his family have died before they reached the age of 40. This scares Arun who realises that his end might be near. He decides to abandon Eela, Vivaan and his mother (Kamini Khanna). Eela has to give up her singing aspirations as she gets busy in raising Vivaan. Some twenty years later, Vivaan (Riddhi Sen) is now a college student. Eela is still as paranoid about Vivaan as she was before. Vivaan feels suffocated and he advises Eela to pursue her music or complete her education so that she gets busy and doesn’t bug him. Eela decides to do the latter and she joins Vivaan’s college. If that isn’t enough, she manages to get admission in Vivaan’s class. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “Helicopter Eela is a fun ride that manages to land safely despite some turbulence. “
TOI
3.5 “Kajol shines as Eela in this relationship drama”
DNA
3.5 “A sweet tale that has Kajol written all over it!”
Deccanchronicle
3.5 “Watch the film for some fierce acting by Kajol, who given her enormous talent should be getting more author-backed roles”
Filmfare
3.0 “Helicopter Eela is a well-intentional, popcorn Bollywood masala family film that will leave you with a smile.”
Khaleejtimes
3.0 “While Helicopter Eela won’t rock your world, it is a soothing watch.”
Gulfnews
Average Reviews
2.5 “Kajol film whirrs in circles and has a messy landing”
Indiatoday
2.5 ” Kajol disappoints, Riddhi shines”
Rediff
2.5 “Choppy ride, unreasonably stylised”
Sify
2.5 “Kajol, Riddhi Sen are adorbs but overcooking crashes the helicopter”
Indiatvnews
2.5 ” Kajol, Riddhi Sen’s Family Drama a Decent One Time Watch”
News18
2.5 ” Kajol Flies High But Alas, The Film Fails To Be An Unforgettable Ride!”
Filmibeat
Negative Reviews
2.0 “HELICOPTER EELA is a poorly made film and has too many loose ends and silly moments. “
Bollywoodhungama
2.0 “As you emerge from this exhausting film you realise one thing: Kajol is so beautiful, so nothing else matters.”
Nowrunning
2.0 “This Film Needed Helicopter Parenting!”
Koimoi
2.0 “This soppy Kajol film never takes off”
Hindustantimes
1.5 “Kajol And Riddhi Sen’s Film Is A Massive Letdown”
NDTV
1.5 “Kajol starrer is saddled with banal story-telling”
Indianexpress
1.5 “Pradeep Sarkar’s Portrait Of A Single Mother Rediscovering Herself Is Dated And Shallow”
filmcompanion
1.0 “This Kajol-Starrer Fails to Make A Mark”
Masala

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