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Halkaa
2D

Halkaa

Hindi
Drama
07 Sep, 2018
1 hrs 54 mins
67%
289 votes
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1.9
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Halkaa is the story of 10-year old Pichku, the boy who became a hero. Determined to make a stand for what he believes in, Pichku sets out on a mission to sanitise his neighbourhood. Can he overcome the hurdles along the way and make a change for the better?
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Verdict: A light-hearted movie with heavily relevant issues. Nila Madhab Panda is known for his cutting-edge and socially relevant movies. He takes satire, comedy, and music to make very subtle social comments that subconsciously hit you while you enjoy his new movie. After movies like I am Kalam and Jalpari, the National Award winning director is back with another movie. With a child protagonist,... ...Read full review
A lot is riding on the frail shoulders of Halkaa, and on its even tinier tots: the ambitions of Swachh Bharat, the expectations of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the beneficence of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, the stretched-to-the-limit reputation of that dear old Mahatma Gandhi, and even the sales of bath fittings firm Parryware. ...Read full review
This otherwise tedious and futile film only seems interesting in scenes where Pichku is accompanied by his street-smart friend Gopi (Aryan Preet). The child actors are good and deserve a film that doesnt make you unintentionally laugh at their characters plight. Paoli Dam also deserves a mention for her thoughtful portrayal of a mother torn between her love for her son and her responsibilities as an adult. However, despite the decent performances, watching a boys aversion to stench for almost two hours is anything but relieving. ...Read full review
Ranvir Shorey, who was so brilliant in Kadvi Hawa, is the best thing about this film, playing with gusto the unlikeable, insensitive father who is utterly impervious to and confused by his sons concerns. Theres only so much even he can do though with this limited storyline. ...Read full review
This lack of self-awareness is a pitfall for most socially inclined tales. Slapping it over with a sanitized layer of textbook vision doubles the bleach and triples the preach. It doesnt help that artificial characters occupy real locations a mismatch that appears jarring when the gang breaks out into mandatory song-and-dance routines. Halkaa ends on a high, thanks largely to the manipulative dynamics of a Rajkumar-Hirani-ish payoff. But leaving the hall after the movie feels like exiting a bathroom choked with the smoke of its beloved agarbattis. ...Read full review