Saand Ki Aankh
|Saand Ki Aankh|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tushar Hiranandani|
|Produced by||Anurag Kashyap|
|Written by||Jagdeep Sidhu|
|Screenplay by||Balwinder Singh Janjua|
Vineet Kumar Singh
|Cinematography||Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti|
|Edited by||Devendra Murdeshwar|
Chalk and Cheese Films
|Distributed by||Reliance Entertainment|
|Box office||est. ₹30.7 crore|
Saand Ki Aankh (transl. Bull's eye) is a 2019 Indian biographical drama film directed by Tushar Hiranandani and produced by Anurag Kashyap, Reliance Entertainment and Nidhi Parmar. The film features Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar and Prakash Jha in the lead roles, it also features Pawan Chopra, Vineet Kumar Singh and Shaad Randhawa in the supporting roles. It is based on the lives of sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar. Filming began on 10 February 2019 in Baghpat. Some parts were filmed in Hastinapur and Mawana. It was released on 25 October 2019, coinciding with the Diwali festival.
- Bhumi Pednekar as Chandro Tomar
- Taapsee Pannu as Prakashi Tomar
- Prakash Jha as Rattan Singh Tomar
- Kuldeep Sareen as Bhanwan Singh Tomar
- Pawan Chopra as Jai Singh Tomar
- Vineet Kumar Singh as Dr. Yashpal
- Yudhvir Ahlawat as Young Rambir Tomar
- Yogendra Vikram Singh as young Rattan Singh Tomar
- Ronak Bhinder as young Bhanwar Singh Tomar
- Amol Nikhare as Young Jai Singh Tomar
- Navneet Srivastava as Farooq
- Shaad Randhawa as Rambir Tomar
- Pritha Bakshi as Seema Tomar
- Sara Arjun as Shefali Tomar
- Himanshu Sharma as Sachin Tomar
- Kavita Vaid as Bimla Tomar (Prakashi Tomar and Chandro Tomar's sister-in-law)
- Trupti Khamkhar as young Bimla Tomar
- Nikhat Khan as Maharani Mahedra Kumari
- Dinesh Mohan as Maharaja of Alwar
Development and casting
Initially the film was titled Womaniya with Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles. But due to controversy over legal rights of the title which is held by Pritish Nandy Communications, the film was renamed as Saand ki Aankh. Later on Prakash Jha was also included in the cast to play a vital role. In the last week of February 2019, Vineet Kumar Singh was added to the cast. Giving details of the film, the co producer Anurag Kashyap stated that the film is a biopic based on the life of the oldest sharpshooters, Chandro Tomar and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar.
Filming began on 10 February 2019 in Baghpat. The second part of the film is to be shot in Hastinapur and Mawana. Pannu trained in air pistol and rifle shooting to reprise the role of a sharpshooter in the film. The filming was completed in the last week of April as Pannu shared the news on social media.
Promotion and release
On 14 February 2019, the lead actors shared the first look of the film from location. Giving wishes on Holi festival, Pannu shared another look from the film on Twitter on 21 March 2019. A short video introducing Chandro and Prakashi Tomar, on whose life the film is based was released by Reliance Entertainment on 14 April 2019 on YouTube. First look posters of the film were released on 16 April 2019. In the posters, Pannu and Bhumi are posing with their pistols. The poster gives the release date as Diwali.
The film was theatrically released on 25 October 2019.
|Saand Ki Aankh|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||15 October 2019|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|Vishal Mishra chronology|
|1.||"Udta Teetar"||Sunidhi Chauhan, Jyoti Nooran||4:30|
|2.||"Womaniya"||Vishal Dadlani, Vishal Mishra||3:54|
|4.||"Baby Gold"||Sona Mohapatra, Jyotica Tangri||3:35|
|5.||"Jhunna Jhunna"||Pratibha Singh Baghel, Krutika Borkar||4:11|
|6.||"Womaniya" (Raw Version)||Vishal Mishra||3:54|
|7.||"Aasmaa" (Studio Version)||Vishal Mishra||6:09|
|8.||"Womaniya" (Film Version)||Palak Muchhal||3:54|
Priyanka Sinha Jha of CNN-News18, praising Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar for their 'endearing' performances, rates the film with three and half stars out of five. She writes, "What sets apart Saand Ki Aankh is that director Tushar Hiranandani frames the issues of patriarchy and gender discrimination within the structure of a family drama which is heart-wrenching and triumphant in equal measure." Concluding, she opined, that the simple storytelling, with good background score and suitable production design the film has hit the bullseye. Sonal Gera of India TV gave three and half stars out of five and noted that Saand Ki Aankh is a 'compelling feminist statement'. Criticising make-up and prosthetics used on Taapsee and Bhumi she felt that they looked too young to be 60-year-olds. Nevertheless, praising the performance of Pannu, Pednekar and Prakash Jha, she concluded, "The films needs to be watched but for powerful performances by inarguably two of the best actresses of recent times, Prakash Jha's baddie, an inspiring narrative and for the sheer joy of watching a good female-centric movie". Mike McCahill of The Guardian gave two stars out of five and concluded "This feels like a waste of rich narrative possibilities, as mechanically feelgood as those two dozen Britflicks that have cast Dames Dench, Smith et al as old dears who shoot from the lip".
Saand Ki Aankh's opening day domestic collection was ₹48 lakhs. On the second day, the film collected ₹1.08 crore. On the third day, the film collected ₹91 lakhs, taking total opening weekend collection to ₹2.47 crore.
Awards and nominations
|List of awards and nominations|
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Ref(s)|
|Filmfare Awards||15 February 2020||Best Debut Director||Tushar Hiranandani||Nominated|||
|Best Screenplay||Balwinder Singh Janjua|
|Critics Award for Best Actress||Bhumi Pednekar||Won|
|Best Playback Singer-Female||Sona Mohapatra and Jyotica Tangri for "Baby Gold"||Nominated|
|Best Sound Design||Pritam Das||Nominated|||
|Star Screen Awards||8 December 2019||Critics Award for Best Actress||Bhumi Pednekar||Won|||
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- Gera, Sonal (23 October 2019). "Saand Ki Aankh Review | A compelling feminist statement with a few flaws". India TV. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
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