3.6 out of 5 (Very Good)
Gattu is yet another gem that Hindi film industry can be proud of. A definite watch for people of all age groups.
Mansha Rastogi Fri, 20 Jul 2012
It's a given, one doesn't need big bucks, big stars, fancy locations and a mega release for reaching out to the masses. If one has an ace up their sleeves, one shall find takers! And the film testifying that is a small-timer Gattu. With just 82 mins of run time and a story that instantly tucks in your heart, Gattu has already made the rounds and won acclaims at many an international film festival. The movie finally makes it to the theaters and we bring you a detailed review for you to know whether to opt for this offering over the weekend or not.
In a quaint small town Roorkee, Haridwar lives a playful, full of life orphan Gattu (Mohammad Samad) who does odd jobs for meager wage for his uncle (Naresh Kumar). He spends most of his free time flying kites, a passion he nurtures royally. However, there's one black Kite known as Kaali that gets the better of his attention as it flies high notoriously cutting any rival kite that challenges it with its glass coated string. Nobody knows the owner of the beastly kite that flies recklessly above everyone else. The local boys don't dare to mess with Kaali but it isn't for Gattu to let the Kite be.
Fancied by Kaali, Gattu aims to rein supremacy over the skies by cutting and capturing it. He knows, however, for that he needs not only an expensive kite along with an expensive glass-coated string but also the highest roof in his town, which belongs to the school. How Gattu manages his way up the school terrace and whether he defeats Kaali or not follows through the rest of the plot.
Produced by Children Film Society Of India, Gattu easily makes its way into the hearts of its audience. Within the grim and bleak environment it conveys an endearing positive message. Filmmaker Rajan Khosa intelligently brings to fore various social issues like illiteracy, child labour, poverty without projecting it in a pitiable state. It instead tackles the topic in a very witty and entertaining manner with eased subtlety.
Gattu stands tall for its acting too. Rajan Khosa keeps the children film as realistic as possible without making it very superficial. Tiny little things like the entire school sequence, the playfulness of Gattu, the typical children mannerisms make for an appealing film for all age groups.
There couldn't have been a better Gattu than Mohammad Samad. His naughty eyes, a perennial smirk and street smartness are very infectious. He puts up a very heart-warming show and nearly making you wish he was around you. Even Naresh Kumar as a stern yet affectionate Chachu does a brilliant job. As goes for the rest of the cast, each and every character only adds to the film viewing experience.
To sum it up, Gattu is yet another gem that Hindi film industry can be proud of. A definite watch for people of all age groups.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
3.6 out of 5 (Very Good)