Film Review: Secret Superstar (2018) Bollywood Master Piece Exceeds Hollywood!

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FILE PHOTO: A Screening of SECRET SUPERSTAR (2018). ©Ryota Nakanishi

Aamir Khan (1965-) is the most talented Asian actor in the 21st.century. For proving this, you just need to see Dangal (2017) in which he played the protagonist Mahavir Singh Phogat and this film.

His acting is not so called method acting however, his expression is full of emotion, and it mostly triggers emotional responses from audiences both in seriousness and humorousness. I saw major theatre's Hong Kong audiences' vivid reactions to the screen. I have never seen it before at theatres.

This film really exceeds both Hollywood and other Asian films in terms of emotional involvements. The emotional engagement of audiences is equal with Akira Kurosawa or Kenji Mizoguchi's '50s Japanese master pieces. It reminds me of these true qualitative cinema experiences.

Moreover, The Secret Super Star is also built in the rigid Three Act Structure with universal standardized genre filmmaking methods. Technically, it is equal with Hong Kong filmmaking. I could not see any defect points in art constructions, cinematography and visual/sound editing throughout the movie.

Story is that Insia is a 14 year-old from Vadodara who dreams of being a singer one day meets outlaw, talented singer, actor, producer Shakti Kumar to achieve her dream and solve domestic conflict between her weak mother and her extreme conservative father.

Main conflict is Insia, her mother and her father's domestic problem which is typical feudalistic sexism against women. Her mother Najma was forced to marry with her husband Farookh who is a brutal tyrant in the extremely conservative family. India was also at verge of termination when Najma was going to born Insia due to Farookh's harsh opposition for female child. Later it reveals Farookh required abortion of Insia. Thus, their love with Farookh is nothing, it is empty.

I mostly impressed by Najma and Shakti Kumar because they are necessary key persons for one's social success. Najma as her mother had kept supporting her daughter's dream come true under long domestic violence from Farookh who opposed that. And Shakti is really influential, established producer who holds production machines in the industry finds Insia's artistic talent from D.I.Y. Youtube song videos made by the Secret Superstar. The two factors are typical and essential for Insia's success.

Dir.Advait Chandan and Aamir Khan successfully criticised and converted traditional family ethical values from the extremely conservative sexism to the democratic modern family values in this entertainment movie. This is not an Art Film at all! It is truly realistic and genre minded successful filmmaking with well written story. I was astonished by this film and realized that true film is just like this!

Any Westerners who ignore Asian filmmaking are doomed to loose the future of historical new horizon and center for cinematic art in the earth. More opportunities are going to be in Asia. Racial bias can't win over Asians.

FILE PHOTO: A Poster of SECRET SUPERSTAR (2018). ©Zee Studios

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