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The Chai Wallahs Strike Back!

  • Aneela Zeb

    Aneela Zeb (219 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - May 31, 2014 11:25 PM IST
    3.5DM (1266 ratings)

    Verdict - The 5 Year Old Gave It A Thumbs Up! Well "bachey mann ke sachey"

    Hawaa HawaaiWatch trailerRelease date : May 09, 2014

    In the words of my plus one, the 5 year old who is still a film watching novice, the film could be summed up as "First there was a boy he would do work of tea and then one day he did skating and he got a Skating Sir and then there was a race and then he won that race and he also got sick and he couldnt join the race and then he did. And then all the ones who had won got medals and on that was a gold coin. THE END."

    For you see children (of a particular age) in the theatre(and the children in the movie) can be quite blase about class and pathos---it is only when they grow up that you need senti music and soft focus shots to remind them about the shadow people who live amongst us, it is only when WE grow up that WE get nervous about the student we may have condescendingly patronised growing up to be a threat to our Bablu's chances to excel. Bablu tou khush hai! Perhaps some have their "pointing to the screen, reminding their Bablu Bubbly how lucky they are living their priveleged lives" moment. Film watching can be such a learning experience, never a moment should go waste---show Bablu Bubbly how the other half of the city lives, its not that they can see these children in their kitchens, parked outside their cars, scavenging about outside their gate.

    Hawaa Hawaai, would have been as sweet and silly if it was just about a boy who had a dream to fly on wheels---but chalo tis the season for slumdogs and teaboys to excel on celluloid; and I will forgive the makers of this film for their over the top sentimentality as their lovable gang of "children who work" provided me with a Amar (Bhagwan Se Prathna), Akbar (Bismillah at the shrine) and Atheist (Meh I Dont Want to Do Prathna) moment.

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