Hukus Bukus Movie Review :  A sports drama with little entertainment value

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 Story: This story, which is set in Kashmir, tells the tale of a devoted Sachin Tendulkar fan and how his side, the underdog cricket team, wins a match to support his father and his group's temple-building efforts.

 Review: Set in 1999-era Kashmir, the film centers on the fight to construct a temple on the property that Pandit Radhe Shyam (Arun Govil) and his gang of Kashmiri Pundits intend to steal in order to construct a mall. Radhe Shyam needs to gather about ₹12 lakhs to pay penalties and regain the land, while Qureshi utilizes foul methods to develop the mall for his own benefit. Winning a cricket match against Azad-E-Kashmir, under the guidance of coach Khalid (Mir Sarwar), is the means to achieve it. Arjun, the idol-worshipping son of Radhe Shyam, is the object of everyone's attention.

The core premise and narrative of the film, written by Ranjit Singh Mashiana, are not very novel. At first glance, the movie seems to be about "Junior Sachin," Arjun, who defies his father's desires to pursue his passion. However, it soon reveals itself to be a 130-minute long narrative that essentially weaves together several threads to discuss the purpose of constructing a temple and advancing the identity of Kashmir Pundits. And it accomplishes this by telling a well-known tale of an underdog team defeating champs, putting in a lot of training time, and winning the game. The handling of having a female team member to promote gender equality is flimsy and appears forced. Too many conflicts have easy fixes, and neither the narrative

 Darsheel Safary and Arun Govil give sincere performances, although their character development is constrained. Gautam Vig, who plays the coach of Arjun's squad in the film, is also a standout performer. The solid direction by Vinay Bharadwaj and Saumitra Singh guarantees that the story progresses at a good clip. Incidents like the Indian cricket team encountering hostility during the 1983 World Cup match in Kashmir are also woven into the story. The cricket match has some interesting moments, but it largely consists of clichés about the other team's bad performance, improbable winners, and how a miracle and prayers may change the course of the sport at a critical moment. A few scenes are startlingly dramatic and further upend the story.

Even while the cricket match may occasionally keep spectators entertained, the film's unrealistic scenarios and soundtrack make it unimpressive altogether.