Despite its flaws, Anupam Kher and Neena Gupta’s Shiv Shastri Balboa is a pleasant and straightforward slice-of-life drama. The film’s central figure is the protagonist, a retired banker and die-hard Rocky fan. He uproots his life and relocates to the United States to be with his loved ones. He makes friends with a domestic helper from Hyderabad once he arrives. The two embark on an adventure that quickly goes wrong. The rest of the story is about what happens as they try to correct the situation.
Shiv Shastri Balboa’s story is immediately engaging due to its focus on the struggles of two outsiders. It’s also reminiscent of Rishi Kapoor’s final film, Sharmaji Namkeen. After they finally get to retire, the main characters in both films have epiphanies about what matters in life.
Despite the promising premise, Shiv Shastri Balboa fails to deliver a knockout punch because the writing isn’t as compelling as it could have been. The film begins with a series of scenes that introduce the main character and his modest objectives. These roles are slow by nature, but they appeal to viewers who prefer gentle, realistic dramas. The story then shifts to America, where the protagonist experiences culture shock. Even though these scenes aren’t always hilarious, they’re still entertaining.
The same can be said about Anupam Kher’s on-screen relatives. There’s a lot of potential there, and they’re going their own way. They are, however, superficial and hurried. Aside from the main segment, the pre-break material is also underwhelming. It lacks the necessary organic intensity.
Shiv Shastri Balboa succeeds admirably when the dynamic between Anupam Kher, Neena Gupta, and Sharib Hashmi is highlighted. The scene where the kids meet their parents is especially amusing. It’s funny and awkward in all the right places, which is why it’s so effective.
The second half contains two major plot twists, neither of which is fully developed. The climax, which could have been an emotional moment, is also rushed.
Shiv Shastri Balboa contains numerous Rocky references, which should come as no surprise. Though their influence is minor, it is not artificial.
Anupam Kher gives a genuine performance in a role that is right in his wheelhouse. The veteran actor, as in Khosla Ka Ghosla!, effortlessly carries the majority of his scenes.
Neena Gupta is an excellent choice to complement Anupam Kher’s performance in this case. The actress’s use of an accent lends credibility to her character. This keeps the character from becoming stereotypical. Sharib Hashmi, despite his limited scope, manages to surprise in a few key scenes. He makes up for his lack of experience with enthusiasm and comedic timing. The remaining cast members perform their roles effectively.
Shiv Shastri Balboa would not be appropriate for music. The filmmakers wisely avoid overburdening the story with unnecessary musical numbers. The musical score is too formulaic.
In conclusion, this is a sincere effort worth seeing for Anupam Kher and Neena Gupta’s outstanding performances.
Shiv Shastri Balboa receives 2.5 out of 5 stars from us.
The Hindustan Herald Is Your Source For The Latest In Business, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Breaking News, And Other News. Please Follow Us On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, And LinkedIn To Receive Instantaneous Updates. Also Don’t Forget To Subscribe Our Telegram Channel @hindustanherald
Leave a Reply