: Not all films that do the rounds of film festivals can be qualified to be called great art house cinema. I learn this, at least after watching Yeh Khula Aasmaan that tackles with a hackneyed plot, a dreadfully long storyline and a very banal treatment.
Yeh Khula Aasmaan revolves around Avinash (Raj Tandon), a loser like boy undergoing self confidence issues courtesy his academic failures. To clear his head from all the failures and uncertainties he visits his Grandfather - Dadu (Raghuir Yadav) after several years. Being the Best Kite Runner of his era, Dadu uses the 'kite' to subtly impart the lessons of life and prepares Avinash to face life. Under Dadu's company Avinash discovers many unexplored yet invaluable facets of life finding true Friendship, Love and Inspiration to lead a life full of hope, joy and success.
The works of symbolism is one thing while throwing the metaphor in the forced manner in your face another and filmmaker Gitanjali Sinha opts for the latter where almost everything going wrong around Avinash's life gets sorted by one kite flying competition he takes part in.
Moreover, turning the competition of kite flying into a familial rivalry and bring it up to a predictable underdog-turning-hero-end after some melodramatic twist towards the penultimate moment is just to trite that you almost start speaking out the scenes much before they actually unfurl in front of your eyes.
The dialogues in the film are preachy and jaded almost reminding of the '70s filmmaking style while the songs are boring, tripe and far too many. There are as many as four songs in the first half itself with two coming right in the initial ten minutes of the film.
The teenage romance between the Avinash and Muskaan could've made for an endearing watch had it not been for a cliched representation and awkward acting. Debutant actor Raj Tandon could've done better had he given a fair script that had some scope to perform. Raghuvir Yadav too gets typified in his own way and a fine actor such as him gets wasted.
Over all, Yeh Khula Aasmaan is a film stuck in limbo. Far too hackneyed and boring to make for an engaging watch.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(1 / 5) : Poor