Written by Manisha Lakhe
Heart Is In The Right Place
But So Exhausting And Dull
Everything old is eventually replaced by something new,
and it’s best to adapt. Whether it is an ancient photocopier
or a big old house. This is a lesson that this small feel-good
family film that has the heart in its right place brings on
the big screen. They try really hard and even though little
scenes from the film are good, the film drags on and on
and you wish it had been made for TV movie instead.
Old man Nagesh Srivastava is stuck on his ancient photocopier,
it occupies space which could be turned into his granddaughter’s
room. Son Aamir Bashir and daughter in law Sonali Kulkarni try
to persuade him gently to let go of the machine whose spare
parts cannot be found. The grand daughter tries hard to help him
get that missing lens too…
But it is the cricket-crazy grandson who steals the show. This little
boy is Kabir Shaikh and he is just brilliant. When he’s comment-
ating ‘Gupta dadu pavilion ki ore stretcher par ja rahe hain’ as the
mourners take away the dead neighbor Guptaji away for a funeral.
The little boy is better than most Bollywood actors when he feels
guilty of leaving a kid inside a big trunk back at his grandma’s
home. His guilt, his fear, his inability to share the event with his
parents, the joy at solving the dilemma are brilliantly acted by
this little boy.
Just like the old photocopier, there is grand old palace like haveli
which is being given to a hotel chain for redevelopment, there is
a son who hankers for his old phone because there is data on it…
Every problem is solved nicely but it takes so long you begin to
Thankfully Naseeruddin Shah who has in his last appearances on
the big screen is usually unrestrained and hammy is not. His
performance is restrained even though his conversation with the
old photocopier is annoying.
The drinking with dad scene between Aamir Bashir and
Naseeruddin Shah is sweet. So is Sonali Kulkarni’s apologetic
but guilty for throwing away the old photocopier scene where
she offers her father in law tea is heartwarming. The granny
(beautiful and graceful Beena Bannerjee) who teaches the cricket
crazy grandson how to play the old gramophone record player is
such a wonderful scene. Events you have experienced if you are
living with a family that includes older parents. The only annoying
part is played by the younger son, who comes bearing expensive
gifts from Dubai. His connect to an old phone seems to be illogical
and his story seems to be too forced in the film.
And when the aerial shot shows us how isolated and stand alone
grandma’s palace is, you wonder where the kids who were playing
hide and seek and cricket come from?
This film has a decent slice-of-life feel and it comes to the screens
a week after 102 Not Out – the movie that received big publicity, and
starred two fabulous actors. But it should have gone straight to television.
(this review appears on nowrunning dot com)