After Dangal last year, that spoke about how women are equal to men and deserve equal opportunity, Aamir Khan is back with Secret Superstar. The musical drama, written and directed by Advait Chandan, tells the story of a Muslim girl Insia (Zaira Wasim), who wants to be a singer. But in a home where she is not even allowed to dream, will she be able to achieve her aspirations? The film stars Aamir Khan as a music composer in a guest appearance and Meher Vij as Insia’s mother.Also Read - Naga Chaitanya on Aamir Khan Supporting Him Amid Divorce Rumours With Samantha

India.com film critic Smrity Sharma is watching Secret Superstar right now and here’s her review of the first half of the film. Also Read - Aamir Khan-Naga Chaitanya Participate In Green India Challenge In Hyderabad | See Pics

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Smrity says, “It will be hard, very hard to not fall in love with Insia. For one, actress Zaira Wasim plays the character with such finesse that if for nothing else, you want to applaud her for the flawless performance. Secondly, her story, which instantly strikes a chord. For its a struggle we all are aware of. Insia’s is a case of deprived opportunity, an aspect most of us have been subjected to at home or at work. The first half is spent in introducing us to Insia and her prarents. While she finds a great confidante and support in her mother (played beautifully by the gorgeous Meher Vij), her dominating and regressive father (played by Raj Arjun, who goes a little unbelievably OTT with his strictness), makes it difficult for her to realise her dreams. But she is a girl who lives by the belief that ‘dream dekhna toh basic hota hai.’ She not just continues to dream but also finds a way to make it possible, well at least a part of it. She wants to unlock the cage she’s being put in and also bring an end to the physical abuse her mother has been subjected to all these years. How far will she go to get what she wants and deserves; in a home where her wings are clipped, will Shakti Kumar (the narcissist, sleazy music director played by Aamir Khan) become the wind she needs to fly? All this and more awaits us in the second half.

“The narrative is interesting and filled with moments of joy and disappointment taking us through the journey of this Secret Superstar. You will loathe Aamir Khan at first. He is brash, crass and caricaturish but that’s what his OTT music director act demands and no one would have been able to pull it off better. The songs are soulful and woven wonderfully into the story to not seem forced.” (ALSO READ: Secret Superstar Trade Buzz: Aamir Khan’s Musical Drama To Earn Rs 8 Crore On Day 1)

This is the review of the first half. The full review of Secret Superstar will be up on India.com soon.