Kangana Ranaut leads the brigade of social messaging in cinema with her latest outing, Tejas. The film could not work wonders at the box office, and some of the blame lies on the limited release of the Hindi film. Initially, it released in just a thousand screens. The film managed to earn Rs 9 crore in a week at the box office.
Tejas traces some challenging missions in the life of a fighter pilot working with the Indian Air Force – Tejas Gill (Kangana Ranaut). Unlike most Hindi films in the genre with female protagonists, Tejas does not go male-bashing at all. Neither does it turn the tables and make the women do non-sensible or insensitive stuff in the name of equality.
The most commendable part of the two-hour-long movie is that it talks of an important social message, and does so without being too preachy. The film focusses on gender equality, and avoids any forced deification of women and girls. It clearly shows that personality traits and flaws are not gender specific and can be found in simply anyone.
The flaws of Sarvesh Mewara’s Tejas are exactly similar to those displayed in most commercial, mainstream films – too much focus on the central character, ignoring the side characters and thereby avoiding building up and authentic amnd relatable milleu, and telling the story of a common person in a larger-than-life manner.
It would have made the movie much more engrossing had it focussed a little more on the people around her. Nonetheless, Bollywood lovers can still enjoy the movie as it is typically over-the-top drama, sandwiched with some well-intended and well-executed social messages as well.