Sadly though, Satrangi Parachute doesn't see childhood that way. Why else would it layer a group of children's activities under a dull, soulless, far-fetched narrative?
Pappu(Siddharth Sangani) is a naughty, hysterical kid in the picturesque environs of Nainital. His friend Kuhu, who's visually challenged, gives Pappu his own version of the Great Mumbai Dream: He sets out for Mumbai with a group of friends, in pursuit of a Satrangi Parachute for Kuhu.Before he can succeed in his mission, he must first experience Mumbai's dark, murky ways, and deal with terrorists, cops et al enroute.
The irony, of course, is that while 'Pappu pass ho gaya', the film fails badly. Fine actors like Sudhir Mishra, Zakir Hussain and Kay Kay Menon are wasted, and if Jackie Shroff is contemplating calling this his 'comeback film', well, he simply shouldnt. He looks listless as a cop, although that probably has a great deal to do with how badly his role has been fleshed out.
Watch it only to realize what it could have been: a story deriving its drama from the simple pleasures and pains of childhood. The makers should take a leaf out of Sagar Bellary's latest: Kachcha Limboo, to know what mettle kids films require.