Directed by Sudha Kongara and starring Suriya, Aparna Balamurali, Aakasam Nee Haddura was partly inspired by events from the life of Air Deccan founder GR Gopinath. The story was based on “Simply Fly”. Prospects were quite high on the film as promotional content was highly imposing. Let’s see whether the film lived to the expectations.
Retired Army Captain Maha (Suriya) dreams to establish a low-cost airline aspirational for even the privileged. The biggest hurdle he comes across in achieving his goal is Paresh Goswami, a kingpin in the aviation industry, who tries all possible ways to crash his dreams. How Maha achieves his big dream and sees happiness in privileged who aspired to board on flight at least once in their life time forms crux of the story.
Sudha Kongara is one director who takes utmost time for pre-production work. All the hard work she put in for the film is witnessed all through. She convincingly dramatized real life story of a pioneer. It seems Kongara had done extensive research to write the script. She rightly mixed family emotions, romance, drama and light-humor to make it a commercial entertainer. Although the narration was bit sluggish, we don’t feel bored. Sudha Kongara mark realistic approach can be seen. There are few scenes which emphasizes women’s empowerment. Niketh Bommireddy’s camera work is impeccable, wherein GV Prakash Kumar lifts the visuals with his background score. Couple of songs in the film are enjoyable. Editing by Sathish Suriya needed some cuts. Production values of 2D Entertainment and Sikhya Entertainment are top-notch.
Onto artists, Suriya simply lived in the character. We can’t imagine any actor other than him in the character, after watching the film. This is definitely one of the finest performances from one of the finest actors of this generation. Aparna Balamurali fit the bill aptly. She is not regular commercial heroine type. But, she is a killer, when it comes to performance. Suriya and Aparna’s chemistry is one of the major highlights of the film. Mohan Babu played a brief yet impact creating role as Suriya’s mentor. Paresh Rawal is good as an antagonist, though the character lacks the depth. Urvashi is at her usual best. Other artists were okay.
Sluggishness in narration
Short of entertaining elements
Lack of depth to villain’s role
It’s a long dream of Sudha Kongara to make this film like how Captain Gopinath dreamed to set-up his own airline. Thankfully, she got a perfect team of actors and technicians because of whom she could get the desired output. Still, there are some dull moments here and there. Except for that, Aakasam Nee Haddura is an inspiring film for all the youngsters who dream big.
The film begins with a nail-biting sequence of Suriya directing pilots of his first flight to land it at a Military territory when they don’t get landing clearance from the ground. The story goes back to 6 years. Aparna Balamurali is introduced as a foodie who wishes to start bakery business. Udipi hotel vs five-star concept makes the audience understand hero's dreams, followed by entire village chipping in with their money to help him financially to make his dream come true. Interval episode is another emotional sequence.
The take off in second half is bit slow with heavy family drama. He gets pressure from all the corners, though his wife is always supportive. At one point, his friends ask him to sell his company to a popular airline that offers a huge sum. Engine failure of the first flight was dramatized only to delay the victory. The pre-climax portions were nerve-wrecking, followed by happy ending.
All in all, Aakasam Nee Haddura is a wonderfully made film, though it had its share of shortcomings. The film is high on emotions, but surely an inspirational one for aspiring youngsters. Lead actors performances, Sudha Kongara’s direction, best work from the other technicians make it an engaging watch. CJ goes with 3 star rating and we recommend to watch the film.