Director: Gitanjali Sinha
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Synopsis: “Yeh Khula Aasmaan“ revolves around Avinash, a young intelligent boygoing through an extremely challenging phase of life due to his academic failures. He feels an immense vacuum which unfortunately his busy parents are unable to fill. In desperation he visits his Grandfather (Dadu) after several years.
Being the Best Kite Runner of his era, Dadu uses the `kite` to subtly impart the lessons of life and prepares Avinash to face life. Under Dadu`s company Avinash discovers many unexplored yet invaluable facets of life finding true friendship, love and inspiration to lead a life full of hope, joy and success.
Review: There are some films that set trends, others that make you hold onto your stomach as you uncontrollably laugh, others are eye- openers while some are pure unadulterated entertainment. This film has the power to induce sleep, yes insomniacs will love this flick! But more than being a boring, cliché, family drama, this film disappoints you.
Having everything going for it, right from its cinematography to its fresh cast and a clear message, the viewer will still be disoriented and lost. Lost – thanks to its jarring musical score, multiple songs, cheesy dialogues that have been done to death and it’s monotonous pace!
People would go for this film under the illusion that they’ll watch a realistic and triumphant tale! But what do they get? A pot boiler that spells disaster, excessive drama, two love struck teenagers, an aspiring actor who never leaves the hero’s side and a villian too!! Its a different story that the film was in dire need of meaningful dialogues, some humour, more twists and turns (Yes, the film is far too simple and predictable for its time).
The film is about Avinash (Raj Tandon) a lonely and bright kid who stays alone in Bombay while his parents work in London. He fails his IIT entrance exam and to seek solace, he visits his grandfather. There, he falls in love, reunites with his childhood friends but more so, increases his confidence by participating in a kite competition and bonding with his grandfather.
Raj Tandon makes a confident debut but the screenplay and cheesy dialogues only hinder his performance. Muskaan played by Anya Anand suits the part but we know nothing about her, except that she’s Avinash’s love interest and lost her mother while growing up. The duo look adorable together if only the screenplay wasn’t so outdated, every trick seems to have been tried. They are shown sitting on a stack of hay, cycling together, walking in the fields, leaving the audience thinking, “Its 2012 remember?!”.
Raghubir Yadav as ”Dadu” makes you empathize with him, his loneliness is apparent, except that too has been dramatized. Both Yashpal Sharma and Manjusha Godse were also the right choices as Avinash’s parents and emote well but Manjusha’s english desperately needs to improve!
Unlike many films, this film attempted to pick up in the second half and it manges to partially do that. It touches upon several issues, like the greed for fast money amongst the youth and their fascination with earning in pounds which leads them to neglect their parents. This is in turn only increases their off springs’ insecurities as their parents have no time for them and their grandparents are huddled up in an old age home or don’t reside with them.
Directorjee, we know you had your heart in the right place and some scenes, especially those between Avinash and Dadu were a little moving. But, you seriously need to get real and look inwards for inspiration, NOT at Bollywood family sagas filmed aeons ago.
Verdict: This film will appeal to audiences in smaller towns, urban India will roll its eyes!