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Giving Wings to Dreams: Secret Superstar Review by a 12-year-old

November 18, 2017 | By

Secret Superstar is the story of 15-year-old girl who hopes to become a superstar singer and believes “Dream dekhna toh basic hota hai”. A review by 12-year-old Anshula.


Secret Superstar is the story of the girl who has a dream and believes “Dream dekhna toh basic hota hai”

Secret Superstar is a film by Aamir Khan. The ‘Secret Superstar’ Insia is Zaira Wasim who played the role of young Geeta in Dangal.

It is the story of a 15-year-old girl Insia (called Insu by her mother) who wants to sing and tell the world that she is the best singer in the world. She writes her own songs and plays the guitar. But her father does not allow her to sing.  So she wears a burkha and makes her first video song ‘Main kaun hoon‘ and uploads it on YouTube. At first, no one notices the video but after some time she finds 11,500 views from every place of the world. Her channel Secret Superstar becomes very popular. Music director Shakti Kumarr also sends her a message and his phone number.

Someone comments, ‘can you not show your face’? So another viewer replies, ‘what’s the matter if she cannot show her face, more important is the voice. Nowadays clothes have become more important than talent’.

But when her father notices that her marks are getting low he breaks the strings of the guitar. When he comes to know that her mother had sold her gold necklace to buy the laptop, he punishes them and makes them break the laptop.

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Insia cries over her broken guitar

But her younger kid brother Guddu tries to fix the laptop with glue and tape because he can see that his sister is very sad as she is not able to upload the songs on the internet. He does it quietly and says that I am preparing a gift for Didi. Guddu is an intelligent boy. When he sees his father watching T.V. which is showing a programme on Secret Superstar and he realizes that his sister could get caught. So he throws tea on his father so to stop him from seeing the programme.

Insia’s story is about all the girls who have many dreams but cannot fulfill them because their parents don’t allow them or the society does not give them the freedom.

I liked the last scene when her mother takes the courage to leave her husband behind when the family is checking in at the airport to go to Riyadh. She stops her husband from throwing her daughter’s guitar in the garbage and prevents him from beating her in public. When she starts to walk away with her children, her shocked husband starts following her. He begs her to stay but she doesn’t stop.

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Insia’s mother Najma tries her best to help her fulfill her dream but her father punishes them

But the person who helps her the most to fulfill her dream is her classmate Chintan. He brings her print outs of the air tickets, gives her his phone to talk to Shakti Kumarr, manages her YouTube account and mails to Shakti Kumarr and helps her escape from school and take the flight to Mumbai.

When she is scared to contact Shakti Kumarr as she thinks he is not a nice man, Chintan explains to her that you don’t know him so how can you say that he is not a good man.

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Shakti Kumarr seems to be a bad man but is actually a nice guy. He helps Insia in every way

From the beginning, we think that Insia’s mother is a coward. But after some time we realize that if her mother would not have had the courage to run away from the hospital, Insia could never have been born.

Also at the end when her husband asks Insia to throw the guitar in the dustbin, her mother stops him. Then she signs the divorce papers and walks out with her children. Insia’s grandmother is an old, helpless woman. But she quietly helps Insia, Guddu and their mother by not sharing any of their secrets with the father.

The 16-year-old girl who sings the songs for Insia is a newcomer in Bollywood and is singing in films for the first time. Her name is Meghna Mishra.  Today we study empowerment of women in our syllabus too. Insia’s story is thus a wonderful example of giving wings to dreams.

The voice behind the Secret Superstar

Pics courtesy: Secret Superstar movie stills from Aamir Khan Productions.

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Anshula loves to draw and color, listen to soft music, watch good movies, read mythology and explore new places during her vacations. She is in her first year of college, pursuing a 3-year course in cinema. Anshula shares her artwork and stories on her blog on LnC and writes on movies for Silhouette Magazine.
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4 thoughts on “Giving Wings to Dreams: Secret Superstar Review by a 12-year-old

  • Silhouette Magazine

    Some comments on this article received on Facebook:

    Khantha Mahadevan: Just finished reading the beautiful review by Miti!! So so proud of her..Thanks, Antara, for the tag..Your daughter is gifted and may her talents grow more and more. Best wishes.

    Sandeep Suri: Wonderful attempt!

    Arun Jain: Like mother like daughter….

    Santosh Bakaya: Lovely attempt by your versatile daughter . A pat on the back for her, Antara

    Sayan Roy: Miti – an amazingly crisp review. You have covered not only the actors, the script but also the music (singer) along with the correlation to modern times. Excellent review. Await more!

    Sanjay Banerjee: So proud of you dear Miti. Best wishes..

    Suresh Kumar: Commendable review by a talented young lady, Genius is in genes.

    Naveen Anand: Awesome!!!

    Nutsure Satwik: My God this is already a professional review. Much better than what I have already read. Keep it up Anshu. I feel blessed to know you …

    Anupama Narayan: Great job….my love and best wishes…!!

    Subhas Ghosal: She did the job well 👌

    Pisharoty Chandran: Loved it. The wee girl who dozed on my shoulder is blossoming into a brilliant and sensitive connoisseur of the Arts, a la her mamma, whose natural Antara, she is. Chip off the old block. Love you, Miti. Keep at it. CONGRATULATIONS! 😊

    Nishi Nair: Omg what a review. ..all the very best to Miti👍

    Neeti Gupta Kanungo: Wow Antara…my compliments to dear Mithi.

    Sonali Nandi Banerji: Well written Miti Rani… Keep it up 👍

    Minnu Trivedi: Bahut acche , bacche !
    Keep it up.
    This is only the beginning.
    Keep writing and keep enjoying the process.

    Dharma Kirthi: Absolutely awesome review , which looks like it has been written by one who understands the film medium and it’s relevance.
    The best part is the connect to empowering women and the biggest obstacles come from the one’s closest.
    Kudos have a very honest and sincere mind. Don’t let this be influenced by anyone.

    Antara: Thank you Dharma Uncle… we have chapters on housewives who are unpaid workers, and empowerment of women. and there is a chapter on how women struggled for learning to read and write. they are very nice chapters in Civics book. 🙂 🙂 – Miti

    Dharma Kirthi: That’s great, little angel. But the beauty is that you have correlated your knowledge with what you saw in the movie. May God bless you little Angel.

    Jyoti Sharma: Though not seen the movie yet ! But wow 😮!

    Tripathga Vatsa: Wow!Good job Anshula😘

    Monica Kar: Anshula (Miti) Mondal – I think you rock. Like Dharma Kirthi ji says, I love how you’ve combined what you’re taught with what you saw in the movie. I’m hoping you will never stop writing and sharing your thoughts, Miti. Sending you a Monica-aunty bear-hug! <3

    Papiya Banerjee: Great start Miti, I enjoyed reading this and am looking forward for more reviews.

    Lipi Bhattacharya: Khoob bhalo lekha hoyechhe 👏👏👏👏👏

    Srestha Bhattacharya: I like how bluntly she says what she thinks about certain portrayals in the film.

  • A.Bharat

    What a nice review Miti!

    As someone has commented- forestalling me – Like mother Like Daughter. Why only Like? I’m sure she is just starting where Antara left off! We hope to see more and more Miti! All the very best to you in your pursuits!

  • Valmik Raval

    I have a habit of reading reviews before seeing a movie. I will definitely watch this movie because this of this simple, straight forward review. No jargons, no cliches and unbiased.
    Good job Anshula, keep going……to the movies!
    Appreciate the encouragement by her parents in making her think and express independently.
    I’ll say, what I tell my grand kids, Shabhaash meri beti!

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