Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fun Fridays - Filmi Friday - Chillar Party

Rating: My kids rated it 5/5. I give it 4/5..
Chillar Party is one of those few movies that come along and make you smile all along gently tugging your heartstrings. The movie starts off on a fun(du) note by introducing the characters and how they got their nicknames (Second Hand -because he wears his older brothers hand-me-downs, Silencer - who does not talk a lot, and so on).
The Chillar Party gang is a group of kids who hang out together in a garage in their colony (brought back memories of growing up in India), play cricket matches against rival teams from neighboring colonies, and stick together always. When a new boy(Fatka) arrives with his dog(Bheedu), they have some initial resentment which soon disappears and Fatka and Bheedu become a part of Chillar Party.
Soon, they are faced with a tough situation - which is what makes up the main story of the movie - because of political pressures, Bheedu can no longer stay there and the children need to prevent Bheedu being taken away by the dreaded dog van. How they work towards helping their friend (both human and animal) makes up the rest of the story.
The movie touches on many serious topics fleetingly (like child labor, class divisions) without being overly preachy. It subtly gives messages of friendship, fighting for what is right no matter what you face, honesty, and simplicity. The only downside in this movie is that it gets a little unrealistic when the kids take on the politician and get the media and the whole city to sit up and take notice.
But all said and done, this movie is a must watch just for the terrific performances of the child stars (and each one of them is wonderful). My favorites were Fatka played by Irrfan Khan and Jhangiya played by Naman Jain. And the item song by Ranbir Kapoor - mast!



6 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your comment was so sweet. I'm glad you have a family that brings so much happiness into your life. I like your bookshelf. I've read most of those books and I would keep them on my shelf, too. But I use a kindle. :) Stop by again any time. thanks.

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  2. @happygirlThank you for your comments.. I will definitely stop by again and feel free to comment here anytime..

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  3. I Have not seen this one yet, looks good from your review. Yes, these kind of movies do make us remember our own childhood and kids love these kind of movies. My all time favorite kid movie is Mr. India, I have watched it numerous times!

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  4. @ArtiMr.India - yes, I loved it too and has been some time since I saw it.. guess it is time to see it again with the kids this time.

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  5. @Secret Mom ThoughtsThis is a Hindi language movie but has subtitles in English for all to watch and enjoy

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