In today’s fast-paced lives, we often tend to overlook the joy of simple things in life. Avinash Arun’s award-winning debut film, Killa takes us far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, straight into nature’s lap. The best part is that it takes us back to the most memorable days of our lives, childhood.

Set in the locales of the beautiful Konkan region, the film unfolds during the monsoon season that makes it a heavenly place. You can hear the sound of sea waves brushing against the rocks, raindrops falling off those dark clouds, and trees singing to the tunes of the wind. Chinmay (Archit Deodhar) is a 11-year old boy grappling with the death of his father. His mother’s job transfer brings him from the city of Pune to the interiors of Konkan. He’s shy, doesn’t talk much, and is unable to cope with the unfamiliarity of the surroundings. At school, he has to deal with a new set of friends, who aren’t as studious as ‘Chinu’. The mother (Amruta Subhash) is quiet, has her own troubles adjusting to the system at work. Yet, she fulfills all her motherly responsibilities to perfection.

Killa isn’t just a coming-of-age film, but deals with sensitive issues like sorrow, trust and displacement. Young Chinmay is on the cusp of adolescence and wants to explore things. Initially, he’s saddened to leave his old house. As time passes, he learns to cope and have fun at the same time with his mischievous friends. Together, they go on cycle rides to the fort, sell fishes at the market. Everything he explores teaches him important life lessons that he must learn. The film beautifully shows how, at a tender age, Chinmay understands that everything in life deserves a second chance, including his friends and mother.

Director Avinash Arun has done a wonderful job with regards to the casting and location. Part of the film is also inspired by stories of his own childhood. Parth Bhalerao (Bhootnath fame) is fantastic as Chinmay’s naughty friend. His comic timing along with the rest of the gang is spot on. The typical native language used adds flavor to their conversations. Quite a lot of scenes don’t really need to be explained. Arun has ensured the camaraderie between his actors speaks on their behalf. The emotional moments between a helpless mother and a young son are sure to leave you misty-eyed.

Killa isn’t a hurried film. It takes its own time, giving us a background before letting the actors cast their magic. The pace is slow, sometimes it just stands still. It gives you a chance to revel in the beauty of mother nature, while also asking you to contemplate about life.

Why should you watch the film?

Killa is not a film for children. Sure, it is a trip to nostalgia, but the issues dealt with are deep and thought-provoking. Watch it to refresh your soul.