After Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Toofaan is the second collaboration between Farhan Akhtar and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Toofaan is somewhat redeemed by its commendable actors. Mrunal Thakur and Paresh Rawal are also in lead role. Paresh Rawal stays true to his character, a stubborn coach Nana Prabhu. Mrunal Thakur is presented as an honest doctor and a supportive partner.
Amazon releases ‘Toofaan’ on 16th July 2021
Toofaan begins with a brash, gutsy Aziz (Farhan), thrashing fellow goons of his area. He is an orphan who has been brought up by a local gangster. After the brawl, he lands in a local charity hospital where he meets Dr Ananya (Mrunal Thakur). Aziz discovers boxing during a visit to a local gym and immediately gets hooked on to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s videos.
The boxing bug has bitten Aziz but he needs to find the right coach . Enter Nana Prabhu (Paresh Rawal), Mumbai’s best coach who is also a Hanuman bhakt and a Hindu. At first, Nana dismisses Aziz, thinking of him as a troublemaker, but soon changes his mind after seeing his dedication. Under Nana’s guidance, Aziz quickly climbs the ladder and reaches the nationals but love gets in his way. What follows is an untoward incident that changes Aziz’s life forever.
But the one person who carries the entire film on his shoulders is Farhan Akhtar. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Toofaan is a one-man show. From nailing boxing sequences to being vulnerable during emotional scenes, Farhan stands firm through the whole film.