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No child's play:The movie provides some of the most honest kid moments we have seen onscreen.
No child's play:The movie provides some of the most honest kid moments we have seen onscreen.

Bumm Bumm Bole (Hindi)

Cast: Darsheel Safary, Ziyah Vatsani, Atul Kulkarni, Rituparna Sengupta

Director: Priyadarshan

It takes chutzpah to base your film on Majid Majidi's outstanding Children of Heaven. No wonder the man who strikes a neat balance between meaningful cinema and comic extravaganzas came a cropper. Bumm Bumm Bole is a bumpy ride which appeals in bits and pieces.

Set against a terrorist-infested tea garden backdrop, Darsheel Safary plays Pinu, a little boy who is asked to help out his mother (Rituparna Sengupta) in daily chores by his dejected, jobless father (Atul Kulkarni). One day he inadvertently loses his sister Rimjhim's (Ziyah) shoes at the grocery store. He persuades her to keep it a secret from the parents as they don't have money to buy a new pair, and promises to get her a new pair. In the meantime they arrive at a unique arrangement of sharing shoes. He tries to commitment to buy new shoes for his sister Rimjhim (Ziyah) and in the process, faces moral dilemmas, fear of god, which reminds us of our brush with lie, our first temptation….

In Darsheel Safary, Priyadarshan has a wonderfully precocious talent. His blemish-free interactions with the cute Ziyah provide some of the most honest kid moments we have seen onscreen. Sadly, Priyadarshan fails to keep the innocent crux of the tale secure. Instead, he tries hard to get us to reach for our handkerchiefs and the manipulative efforts show. He digresses to make a number of socio-political comments, failing to do justice to most of them and Priyadarshan has succumbed to the demands of a shoe brand.

ANUJ KUMAR

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