Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Pradeep Sarkar|
|Produced by||Ajay Devgn|
Aksshay Jayantilal Gada
|Written by||Mitesh Shah (Dialogue)|
|Screenplay by||Mitesh Shah|
|Based on||Beta Kaagdo by Anand Gandhi|
Tota Roy Chowdhury
|Music by||Amit Trivedi|
|Edited by||Dharmendra Sharma|
|Distributed by||Pen India Limited (India) |
Eros International plc (overseas)
|Box office||₹6.58 crore|
Helicopter Eela is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language film directed by Pradeep Sarkar. It features Kajol in the lead role as an aspiring singer and single mother and is written by Mitesh Shah and Anand Gandhi. It is based on the Gujarati play Beta, Kaagdo, written by Anand Gandhi.
Eela, a single mother rejoins her college to complete her education after 22 years. In the flashback, it is shown that she is an upcoming, partially-famous model/singer, who records songs written by her boyfriend Arun. When she is recording for a career-breaking song for a Mukesh Bhatt's project, the project gets cancelled indefinitely. So she and her boyfriend decide to get married. After few months it is shown that she gives birth to a boy named Vivaan. While seeing their family tree, Eela and Arun realise that all the members of Arun's family died in their late 30s which drives Arun crazy as he is also in his late 30s. So he finally decides to leave Eela and Vivaan to pursue his own dreams as it might be his final years. Eela, now a single mom, is very over protective about Vivaan. She keeps meddling in Vivaan's life continuously, that she finally joins the same college as of Vivaan to complete her studies. One day suddenly Arun comes back, but he goes out as soon he realizes that Eela and Vivaan don't need him. Eela's involvement in Vivaan's life becomes so much that Vivaan decides to leave his house to give some space to Eela and to find her own identity. Eela joins a college theatre club, and starts singing again. During the annual singing competition She is not allowed to sing because of her age and past singing profession. But Vivaan encourages her to sing on the stage and they together give a remarkable performance. In the credits, it is shown that she has resumed her singing finding herself after many years.
- Kajol as Eela Raiturkar
- Riddhi Sen as Vivaan Raiturkar
- Rashi Mal as Nikita
- Tota Roy Chowdhury as Arun Raiturkar
- Neha Dhupia as Padma
- Shataf Figar as Madhavi Bhogat
- Shalini Pandey as Deepthi
- Zakir Hussain as Principal of college
- Atul Kulkarni as Prime Minister
- Mukesh Rishi as Rajesh Kumar Sharma
- Imran Khan in cameo appearance as himself
- Anu Malik in cameo appearance as himself
- Alisha Chinoy in cameo appearance as herself
- Ila Arun in cameo appearance as herself
- Baba Sehgal in cameo appearance as himself
- Shaan in cameo appearance as himself
- Amitabh Bachchan in cameo appearance
- R. J. Alok as Chemistry Professor
Marketing and promotion
Helicopter Eela received mixed reviews from the critics. While Khaleej Times and Gulf News both gave it 3 stars, Ronak Kotecha of The Times of India gave it 3.5/5 stars calling it a fun ride that manages to land safely despite some turbulence.
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|Released||3 October 2018|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Amit Trivedi chronology|
|Raghav Sachar chronology|
The background score and two originals of the film is composed by Daniel B.George and other songs are composed by Amit Trivedi and Raghav Sachar. The lyrics are written by Swanand Kirkire, Asma Nabeel and Shyam Anuragi (noted). The first song "Mumma Ki Parchai" was released on 13 August 2018. The second song "Yaadon Ki Almari" was released on 20 August 2018. The song of the film, "Ruk Ruk Ruk Arre Baba Ruk" from the 1994 film Vijaypath originally sung by Alisha Chinoy and composed by Anu Malik has been recreated for this film by Raghav Sachar in the voice of Palomi Ghosh.
|1.||"Mumma Ki Parchai"||Amit Trivedi||Ronit Sarkar||4:06|
|2.||"Yaadon Ki Almari"||Amit Trivedi||Palomi Ghosh||3:49|
|3.||"Dooba Dooba"||Amit Trivedi||Arijit Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan||4:03|
|4.||"Chand Lamhe" (Lyrics by Asma)||Daniel B. George||Shilpa Rao||4:04|
|5.||"Khoya Ujaala"||Daniel B.George||Palomi Ghosh||4:13|
|6.||"Ruk Ruk Ruk" (Lyrics by Shyam Anuragi)||Raghav Sachar; (Original by Anu Malik)||Palomi Ghosh||4:09|
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