There's a scene towards the end where a person falls in a stepwell anddrowns. The person is unable to bob and bring himself up because thesurface of the water is covered with long pieces of cloth. It is justone of the many things that director Omung Kumar gets wrong in histhird feature film, Bhoomi, a flawed revenge drama that is a collectionof all revenge dramas that we have seen in Bollywood this year so far.<br><br>The first five seconds are enough to gauge what the film has in storefor us, which uses a tried-and-tested formula to drive the hackneyedstory ahead. In his first film post the completion of hisincarceration, Sanjay Dutt tries to exonerate himself by playing,rather decently, a protecting father figure. He is Arun, a footweardealer, who finds his world turned upside down after his daughterBhoomi (Aditi Rao Hydari) is gang-raped on the eve of her wedding.Unable to share his sadness over her motherless daughter's fatefulplight and the anger over police apathy and insensitivity, shortcomingsof the judicial system, and helplessness as an ordinary man, Arun triesto go the vengeance route and takes the law into his own hands.<br><br>It all sounds great on paper, but when Kumar, with writer RaajShaandilyaa, project it on screen, it does not look exactly convincing.Plagued by homegrown and narrow generality that "all men are dogs" isintroduced right in the beginning. A lustful loverboy enjoys gulpingdown a leftover piece of food previously tasted by Bhoomi because itgives him the gratification of having touched the same item that oncetouched the lips of the woman that he failed to court. The expansion ofthis arc is what the rest of the film is about, which is all right asfar as cinema is concerned. What is not right is a lack of charactersthat are neutral. Every man in the film is either a rapist (or alustful guy who does not mind opening his fly in front of any woman) orBhoomi's relative.<br><br>There are more issues in this film than there are good bits. Forstarters, some of the songs are totally unnecessary and unbelievablytimed. A father is crying his heart out because he couldn't protect hisdaughter, and in the next scene, Sunny Leone wants me to feel trippy.Who prepared the demographic data for the makers? The police, that areinconsiderate at first, suddenly seem to be helping, or even abetting,Arun in his self-righteous deed that is later described as a universalsolution (for the issue) by the same character in the epilogue. Thevillains look intelligent at first but then lose control of their ownsanity and do dumb things. They are epitomes of banality that make thewhole drama look unnecessary and a waste of time. We all know thatcourtroom sequences in Bollywood films are a joke, and this one hereuses those same films as inspiration. The question about this film'sexistence, therefore, has to definitely come up.<br><br>This is a serious and violent film which does slip into lame territorya few times, thanks to Shekhar Suman. Although he puts up a good showafter being away from the screen for years, the humor is hardlyentertaining. I could say the same thing about Dutt's acting. He lookstired and carries the same weary air throughout the film. Hydari islovely, but I couldn't connect with her character in the second half. Adeadpan look is not the only facial expression in the dictionary of aperson who has seen and been through ghastly things. Sharad Kelkar isthe new Ronit Roy, and he does his part very well, compelling us torejoice at his fate later in the film.<br><br>The final 30 minutes are a relief because the techniques used to exactrevenge have the potential to keep you engaged. Arun is an ordinary manbut his actions are extraordinary, thanks to writer Shaandilyaa forproducing these few bits that are at least entertaining if not logical.The camera work is generally humdrum but there is one sequence aroundhalfway where the film succeeds in capturing the misery of a man who isrealizing that that moment is the point where his life is going tochange forever.<br><br>Even though it has all the right ingredients and is supported by atalented cast, there are still issues that mar the film from being avalid entertainer. It tries to raise one too many questions andstumbles over at the first answer itself. There is also no hint aboutwhat the director wanted to convey. This again reinforces my statementabout Dutt's exoneration, which would then make this a propaganda film,a case I do not wish to pursue.<br><br>If revenge dramas are the only type of films that you watch, thenBhoomi is going to be a treat. Otherwise, let me stop you from exposingyourself to 140 minutes of cliché, traditional writing, and a preachyand droll climax. You won't miss out on anything because you havealready watched Kaabil or Mom or Maatr.