Helicopter Eela is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Pradeep Sarkar. It features Kajol in the lead role as an aspiring singer and single mother and is written by Mitesh Shah and Anand Gandhi. It is based on the Gujarati play Beta, Kaagdo, written by Anand Gandhi.
Pre-production of the film began in January 2017, and principal photography commenced from 24 January 2018. It was released on 12 October 2018.
Eela, a single mother rejoins her college to complete her education after 22 years. In the flashback, it is shown that she is an upcoming, partially-famous model/singer, who records songs written by her boyfriend Arun. When she is recording for a career-breaking song for a Mukesh Bhatt project, the project gets cancelled indefinitely. So she and her boyfriend decide to get married. After few months it is shown that she gives birth to a boy named Vivan. While seeing their family tree, Eela and Arun realise that many male members of Arun’s family died in their late 30s, which drives Arun crazy as he is also in his late 30s. So he finally decides to leave Eela and Vivan to pursue his own dreams as it might be his final years. Eela, now a single mom, is very over protective about Vivan. She keeps meddling in Vivan’s life continuously and she finally joins the same college as Vivan to complete her studies. One day suddenly Arun comes back, but he goes out as soon he realizes that Eela and Vivan don’t need him. Eela’s involvement in Vivan’s life becomes so much that Vivan decides to leave his house to give some space to Eela and to find her own identity. Eela joins a college theatre club, and starts singing again. During the annual singing competition she is not allowed to sing because of her age and past singing profession. But Vivaan encourages her to sing on the stage and they together give a remarkable performance. In the credits, it is shown that she has resumed her singing finding herself after many years.
Kajol as Eela Raiturkar
Riddhi Sen as Vivan Raiturkar
Rashi Mal as Nikita
Tota Roy Chowdhury as Arun Raiturkar
Neha Dhupia as Padma
Shataf Figar as Madhavi Bhogat
Muskan Bamne as Deepthi
Zakir Hussain as Principal of college
Atul Kulkarni as Prime Minister
Mukesh Rishi as Rajesh Kumar Sharma
Imran Khan in cameo appearance as himself
Anu Malik in cameo appearance as himself
Swarnalekha Gupta as Alisha Chinoy
Ila Arun in cameo appearance as herself
Baba Sehgal in cameo appearance as himself
Shaan in cameo appearance as himself
Amitabh Bachchan in cameo appearance
R J Alok as Chemistry Professor