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Can Bhoomi be the perfect comeback film for Sanjay Dutt?

By HT

It’s been three years since we last saw Sanjay Dutt on the big screen. His role abruptly ended in the film PK that released in 2014. Though it didn’t affect the film’s story in anyway, but his jail term could have played a role in the sudden end of the character.
 
Now, he is back with Bhoomi, a film whose trailer reminds us of the revenge sagas of the ‘90s. He is playing a father whose daughter, played by Aditi Rao Hydari, is wronged in some way. Sharad Kelkar will be seen playing the good old fashioned villain.
 
Dutt can be seen beating goons up and mouthing dialogues similar to what he did in films like Pitaah and Kurukshetra. In all probability, he is going to play one- man army against a group of hardened, sleazy criminals.
 
But, can Bhoomi serve the purpose?
 
Though we can’t rule out the power of his stardom, there’re factors that can go against Bhoomi?
 
There isn’t any doubt about his pull at the box office in the North India. He was a mass star during the ‘90s. In most of his films, he played a quintessential North Indian guy with a shade of grey.
 
Dutt was the one to flaunt his gym-toned muscles, even before Salman Khan. His fan following consisted of mostly college-going youth who wanted a physique like him. However, these fans are old now, and the new actors can really flex their muscles.
 
The shift in the theme of stories could also go against it. The audience is constantly in search of new subjects. Despite superstars, films like Jab Harry Met Sejal and Raees, didn’t work as per the expectations. Critics argue that it was because of their old-looking themes.
 
Director Omung Kumar, like most of the prominent filmmakers, wants to set his film in a small town. It’s Agra in Bhoomi’s case. But not all the films set in small towns work. For example, Tevar, Behen Hogi Teri and Lucknow Central failed to hit the jackpot. Some like Bareilly Ki Barfi do work, but their content seemed fresh.
 
Ultimately it all comes down to Sanjay Dutt’s stardom and how loyal can his fans be. His screen presence is definitely a plus for the film, but will that be enough?