Saira and Rajhri are two plus-size women from different backgrounds wanting their careers to hit the road for good. Somehow these women cross the path and find a common purpose that takes them to London.
I am glad that the social issue of plus-size women has been raised in Bollywood. The industry did raise the issue several years ago when Bhumi Pednekar made her debut in Dum Laga Ke Haisha. But that film had the story and did justice to the issue. And Double XL for all plus-size women is a complete disaster.
Why? Because there is not so much for plus-size women at all. For more than half of the film, the size is not the subject, life-changing opportunity is. When the film kick-started by showing us the problems these two women were facing in their lives, it really grabbed our attention. And when Saira and Rajshri joined hands for the project, I wanted to see where this story goes with their thickness. The follow-up after their first meeting to their London tour was so stereotypical and cringy.
The story proceeded somewhere else and I began to question myself, was this film about the traumas and ill-fates due to their size, or was that idea just a foundation on which a typical entertainer with cheesy dialogues and boring humor will spoil the enthusiasm and drain our brain.
The name of the film was just a title for having two central characters being plus-size. I feel like the makers didn’t care to dramatize the issues we need to understand about someone. The story of the film should have been about their personal or physical problems and how they have to tackle society with courage. Instead, our eyes were tortured with toxicity.
There was just one scene where Saira and Rajshri sit together and point out how the world is so mean and materialistic and addresses many social incidents about physical size.
As much as I liked the casting of Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi for the leading roles, they were nowhere close to giving a shot at the performance or raising questions about the credibility of the story to the director which led to nowhere when it came to health.
Double XL is a chance wasted and also, my two precious hours of life.
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