Directed by: Advait Chandan
Produced by: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Akash Chawla, Sujay Kutty and B. Shrinivas Rao
Written by: Advait Chandan
Starring: Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij and Aamir Khan
Music by: Amit Trivedi
Cinematography: Anil Mehta
Edited by: Hemanti Sarkar
Production company: Aamir Khan Productions
Distributed by: Zee Studios
Release date: 19 October 2017
Storyline: Insu, a young Muslim girl, aspires to become a singer but faces restrictions from her conservative father. She happens to cross paths with a musician, which unfolds into an exciting journey.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:
From assisting Prahlad Kakkar in his ad campaigns, to working as assistant production manager for the film “Taare Zameen Par”, Advait Chandan has covered a long journey since then. Aamir believing in his potential has given him once in a lifetime opportunity to direct under his production house. His directorial debut “Secret Superstar” stars Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim.
Some of the lesser known facts about Advat Chandan are –
- He was the third AD (Assistant Director) in Reema Kagti’s film “Honeymoon Travels”, enlisting the secondary cast, taking care of the background act, helping the main actors with their lines and essentially doing all the odd jobs.
- He was AD to Dutch director Diederick Vanrooijen for a Dutch film based on Bollywood.
- He was the first AD to an Austrian ad filmmaker Marco Kalantari.
- He was one of the Casting directors, AD and post production supervisor for Aamir Khan productions “Dhobi Ghat”.
- He has also been part of more than 20 commercials, assisting ad world giants such as Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Sujit Sarkar and Rajesh Sathi.
- He has also worked with Farhan Akhtar on a short film “Positive” on AIDS awareness.
My Gut Feel (MGF) and comments:
Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.- Donovan Bailey (Jamaican – Athlete)
With Secret superstar nearly all the things seems to have placed rightly. An interesting simple but engaging story, apt starcast, debutant intelligent director Advait Chandan who closly worked with Aamir Khan in the past and most importantly film is backed by Aamir Khan as producer and actor in a cameo role.
Story and screenplay is the most critical part of this film where young generation audience would able to relate to the fact that its high time to follow your passison and dream then to follow the conventional path and rat race eventually.
Extended weekend and release on Diwali would surely enhance the chances of box office success. Although Golmaal 4 is releasing on Friday , the day after Diwali and will surely give Secret superstar a tough competition at box office. However I think “Secret superstar” will surely find its own audience where Families and younger generation specially would not like to miss it.
Going by My Gut Feeling (MGF), I am giving this movie 3.5 starts out of 5 stars three days before the release. 3 stars for story line and Advait Chandan’s direction and additional point five stars for Aamir Khan’s backing to this film as a producer and actor.