This is a film that must be seen by every person young or old who has ever dreamt
Film: "Hawaa Hawaai";
Cast: Partho Gupte, Saqib Saleem, Makrand Deshpande, and Neha Joshi;
Writer-Director: Amole Gupte;
Rating: **** 1/2
Very early in this wonderful film we see the extraordinarily talented young hero Partho Gupte in prayer with his screen-father, played by the redoubtable Makarand Deshpande.
Immediately, you sense you are in the midst of an exceptionally serene, nurturing and rewarding work of art.
"Hawaa Hawaai" never lets you down. Sure it has its conclaves of concession to populism, like a sports coach on a wheelchair (very chic!) who seems to have watched too many Hollywood films. But you welcome these very endearing attempts to communicate the film's theme on the right to dream in a language that's accessible to a mass audience.
This is a film that must be seen by every person young or old who has ever dreamt.
Deeply inspirational it picks an easygoing, jaunty, light and supple tone of narration so that the audience never feels the weight of the message.
The journey of little Arjun Harishchandra Waghmare, played with effortless candour by Partho, from rural Maharashtra to the heart of Mumbai city is mapped with astonishing fluidity and conviction.