Shuttlecock boys directed by Hemant Gaba is another example of a filmmakers jugaad to make and get his film released. Its about 4 boys (Aakar Kaushik, Manish Nawani, Alok Kumar & Vijay Prateek) from Delhi stuck in their life/jobs desperately wanting to get out. Their only de stressing activity is playing badminton in the night. One of them gets a brainwave to start a catering company. What follows is a how to film for budding entrepreneurs.
The film is a pure slice of cinema and is filled with likeable characters & likeable actors which turns it into a likeable film. Even the conflicts come in as minor blips making it an almost smooth ride for the boys. People expecting major conflict and obstacles in a film like this might be disappointed. The director focuses more on the bonding of these boys and a more positive approach to their struggle.
People who got together with friends to do something on their own will identify with this film. Those who fell out or gave up will wish for a struggle like the movies where everything is a fairy tale that results in happy endings.
The actors at times come across amateurish and thats what is likeable about them. No one is trying to outdo each other or show off their acting abilities. The result is good camaraderie that makes it a light and breezy watch.
Honestly, in an overcrowded Friday like this Shuttlecock boys will get lost. But, even if you cant make it to the theatre do visit this feel good gem in the comforts of your home when it comes out on dvd/online.
Word of mouth Shuttlecock boys is the chota packet Rocket Singh of this year.
Rating *** (Above Average)
Ticket meter Worth 150 bucks