Ravi (Irfaan Khan) and Padmini (Shobhana) are happily married. Apna Asmaan is about how they share a strained relationship due to their teenage son Buddhi’s (Dhruv Piyush Panjnani) intellectual handicap.
Buddhi, a mildly autistic slow learner displays his flair for art but his parents, with their middle-class insecurities, neither recognize nor encourage his talent.
Buddhi is good at drawing but his mother wants him to be good at mathematics, as she was a gold medalist herself. Seeing her son is not like other normal children, she takes him to temples, churches and babas, hoping for a miracle.
Driven by Padmini’s social insecurities and Ravi’s guilt for dropping Buddhi as a baby, the parents chase an unreal dream of seeing their son as a normal good student who, like others, must become an engineer or a doctor.
While Dr Sen, the neurologist, tries hard to make Padmini accept the reality. Ravi’s accidentally comes across Dr Sathya (Anupam Kher) the maverick scientist who has done a lot of research on the subject, discovers a drug that is a “Brain Booster” that can make Buddhi a genius.
Initially, Ravi hesitates to administer the drug but one night, in an inebriated state, he is sufficiently provoked by Padmini to inject Buddhi with the Brain Booster.
The immediate effect seems like the end of their son’s life but he eventually recovers from the shock to emerge as a newly born Buddhi – smarter, brighter but very confused and aloof. While the parents celebrate their new life, they overlook the consequences of a child who has no emotional bond with his parents but he suddenly becomes a very good mathematician, faster than a computer.
As Buddhi begins to show signs of being a genius, news breaks out about Dr Sathya’s dark past and the ill effects of his magic Brain Booster. Soon the parents then begin to realize the perils of transforming their son to someone that he was not meant to be.
The director is successful in sending this message to our present-day parents who are very ambitious and want their children to be geniuses even though they may not be gifted at all.
Irrfan Khan and Shobhana are fantastic. The child has put in decent efforts in his role.
CAST of Apna Asmaan:
Dhruv Piyush Panjnani – Buddhi
Shobhana Desai – Padmini Kumar
Irfan Khan – Ravi Kumar
Anupam Kher – Dr.Saathya
Rajat Kapoor – Dr.Sen
Credits of Apna Asmaan:
Music by : Lesle Lewis
Lyricist : Mehboob
Cinematographer : Barun Mukherjee
Story Writer : Kaushik Roy
Screenplay Writer : Kaushik Roy
Sound Designer : Rajendra Hedge
Playback Singer : Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghosal, Chitra, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan
Apna Asmaan movie review
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