Globally, men in general tend to place the responsibility of contraception on women. This apart from the fact that condoms and vasectomy are simple and safe, and all methods of contraception and permanent contraception for women are confusing and potential side effects. The situation is alarming in any country, but in India where the outbreak is a major threat, a major challenge and a long-standing obstacle in the way of the National Family Planning Program.
In that case, it is clear that a film promoting condoms is important. The author’s co-author Satramm Ramani Helmet – co-produced by actor-turned-actor Dino Morea – is about a young man who had many departments of expertise in his face and finally, in a series of scenarios, finds himself in the business of selling condoms.
The story takes place in a town in northern India called Raj Nagar where the hero, Lucky (Aparshakti Khurana), an out-of-luck singer who was a Rupali wedding band singer (Pranutan Bahl) offers flower bouquets. Lucky runs out of options to convince Rupali’s father (Ashish Vidyarthi) that he is the right groom. The turn of events forced her to sell condoms, a product she was embarrassed to first ask for at her local chemical store.
This story is so exciting that condoms have become a fortune selling Lucky’s money. From there on, the Helmet shrinks.
We know from Stree that Aparshakti Khurana can shine. We know that from Abhishek Banerjee of Stree and Paatal Lok. And the presence of Pranutan Bahl’s screen is as obvious here as it was in his first film Notebook. In the end though, good acting can only come from good writing, directing and editing, and all three have not been well-mannered by the Helmet text, even though all three have their time in the film.
If you have chosen to get your neck out with a topic like condom use in a country where sex and birth control can be openly talked about in many families, then it makes sense to get into it all. The helmet, however, takes that risk first and then catches itself. Although the local prostitution episode (featuring the amazing Anurita Jha) talks about men’s reluctance to use condoms as they feel it disrupts their “mazaa”, the vivid, horrible view created by the film, the line emphasizes throughout the story, that masculinity is a big problem.
Indeed, if you look at the way Indian society fights for sex, it is a disgrace for the average person to visit a store and pick up a packet of condoms (it is possible for a woman to commit suicide to do so at the facility where she is admitted). In this regard, Helmet accurately represents the truth of India. Considering the methods that can be used in public discourse on contraception, it is commendable that the film addresses the issue at all, to the point of educating viewers on how condoms play a role in preventing sexually transmitted infections (STDs). At this point as a sad moment for a great Hindi movie, Helmet also acknowledges that prostitutes play a vital role in society. Even references to men who view condoms as a distraction of their sexual pleasure are noted in the mainstream film.
However, Helmet is careful not to emphasize the last point. (Little damage to this sentence) In fact, miracles happen when Lucky finds a solution to the social ills he feels in buying condoms, and suggests that this is a major problem. (Warning expires)
Has the group felt that it would make the male-dominated audience feel uncomfortable by rubbing their faces that selfishness, indifference and careless ideas about masculinity are the reasons why most men do not want to get vasectomised or use condoms? Or did they not have the ability to examine the difficulties and show us how the men of the whole city really believed they should have sex?
The middle feel is full of all that is written too. The title Helmet, for example, may seem like a clever play on the purpose of condoms, but the authors have no chops for successfully extracting wordplay.
Rupali is stubborn, intelligent and financially independent, but like Raj in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – a film actually framed in an interview by an important character – Lucky is also unwilling to marry her without Daddy’s permission, but the reason for his old world Attitude is not clear. His silent response, on the other hand, is not the same as the fire we encountered in his first scene.
Rupali’s inconsistent stance combined with occasional reinforcement in the second half and the hero’s unpleasant writing, in addition to other things already shown, lowered Helmet to a much lower level than it should have considered its unusual title. That friend, played by Ashish Verma, has been misunderstood by Lucky and the other team (Abhishek Banerjee). To be honest, I’m not sure if this is because he feels good or stupid or both. Either way, this is a Helmet-based message that ends up being a bit weird.
I may have been completely spoiled by Sarah’s clarity, a recently released Malayalam film stating that a woman who wanted to have an abortion when she became pregnant due to contraceptive failure. The Hindi movie may have come a long way in the days when almost all the heroines who had sex before marriage were punished with unwanted pregnancies and “paap ki nishaani”, but they are still very concerned about birth control as we saw a few weeks back in Mimi. In that context, Helmet is a step forward. Careful management of a bold theme minimizes its impact, but what it does actually is more than one scattered text.