Movie Review : Hawaa Hawaai

Hawaa Hawaai : Inspirational movie on making dreams come true

Amol Gupte has a forte of working with kids whether it was Taare Zameen Par, Satnley Ka Dabba or now Hawa Hawai

Amol again teams up with his son Partho and gives a riveting tale of Arjun Waghmare (Partho Gupte) a boy working in a tea stall who dreams of learning skating. The story revolves around how Arjun with his bunch of street kid friends make his dream a reality.

The biggest plus of Amol Gupte as a writer is he captures nuances well and keeps the emotions subtle yet heart wrenching and he does the same Hawaa Hawaaiwith Hawa Hawai. The screenplay captures the life of street kids with élan and makes us believe in having dreams and fulfilling it as well. Some of the sequences are written so well that I had a lump. The story & screenplay is bang on albeit it could have been a liitle bit shorter.

Performance wise it is the kids who steal the show, Partho as Arjun is brilliant and in each frame he puts his nuances and makes you fall in love with his character. Ashfaque Bismillah Khan as Gochi the mechanic is incredible, he makes you fall in love from the word go. Salman Chote Khan as Bhura is another jewel of this movie. Maman Meman as Abdul a child labor in a weaving factory touches your heart. It is these kids who take the movie a notch higher. Saqib Salim as the skating instructor as Lucky creates an impact, this is an actor to watch out for. Special mention of Neha Joshi who plays Arjun’s widowed mother is too good; her portrayal is subtle yet impactful. Rest of the cast Makrand Deshpande, Anuj Sachdeva, also does a good job.

Cinematography by Amol Gole & Vikas Sivaraman is warm and captures the slum as well as the high rise apartment with equal impact. Production design by Subrata Chakroborty & Amit Ray is realistic. Music by Hitesh Sonik could have been better.

Amol Gupte again proves that he understands child psychology well and gives us a heart wrenching movie of dreams coming true. I will go with 4 stars….

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