Cast: Shams, Salman, Fayaaz, Almas, Jaffer, Sakshi, Alok Nath, Raghubir Yadav, Ranvir Shorey
Storyline: A rogue orphan kid rescues an abandoned infant and sets out with his friends to find the mother.
Ups: The kids are the exact opposite of how they have been conventionally portrayed in the movies. Not adorable. Far from it. Dirty, uncouth, grown up, vulgar and selfishly mean… yet the film captures the lost innocence in this endearing journey of a rogue kid looking to return an abandoned two-day-old infant to the mother. The cameos — Alok Nath cast against type, Ranvir Shorey, Raghubir Yadav, Barry John — all lend the film the seriousness it deserves with these veteran actors playing mere support roles to the fantastic raw talent. The child artistes — Shams, Salman, Fayaaz, Almas, Jaffer and Sakshi — are all brilliant and they literally carry the film on their frail shoulders. The ending is sure to break you down no matter how distant you are from the reality of the lives of these abandoned children who live off the streets.
Downs:The two-day-old baby looks like a doll half the time and it does take away quite a bit from the seriousness demanded of the subject. There are inspired shades of Tsotsi and City of God and while many of the manipulative moments work, some like the opening scene fail. The plausibility of a bunch of street kids taking care of the newborn, let alone finding the mother is a bit of a stretch.
Bottomline: Heartbreakingly real, raw and edgy. Don't miss it.SUDHISH KAMATH