It’s not a secret anymore. Secret Superstar is quite super! It’s a charming, emotional and inspirational fairy tale of a movie. It tells the story of fifteen year old Insia who wants to break free from her patriarchal home and become – simply – the best singer in the world. The hurdles she faces on her journey and the help she gets – from family, friends & some quirky strangers is what the film mainly deals with while tackling important issues like domestic abuse and following your dreams.
In a film that has singing as a key backdrop, the music needs to work and work it does. The songs are quite a high and actually feel like they’ve been written by a teenager besides being really shot well and adding a lot to the story.
The cast is absolutely sparkling. Zaira Wasim is just luminous. Natural to the core, be it laughing, crying, singing, everything she does just pops on the screen. Aamir Khan is a real hoot. Outrageous, hilarious and completely crazy, I can’t remember the last time he had so much fun on the screen and it pays off well. And there’s Meher Vij as Insia’s caring mother – one of the most endearing characters I’ve seen in a long time, and she’s so effortless. Raj Arjun as the patriachal, abusive dad is pure evil and Tirth Sharma as Insia’s best friend is pure aww.
Advait Chandan makes an assured debut as a director keeping you engaged for the long-ish running time. If I have to nitpick, I’d say at times it’s all too simple and sweet, convenient in resolution, but I didn’t mind it at all.
This Secret Superstar and her cronies will leave you with a smile on your face and a few (khushi ke) aansoo in your eyes!
My score: 7.5 on 10
Directed by: Advait Chandan
Starring: Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij & Aamir Khan
Running time: 150 minutes