There are childrenâ€™s films. And there are films about children.Over the years, Iranians filmmakers – and now Iraqis too – have emerged as master storytellers in the latter type.
Cast: Darsheel Safary, Atul Kulkarni, Rituparna Sengupta
Priyadarshan, our very own filmmaking machine known to stray away from his forte, comedy, now and then to come up with a thought-provoking film that can even lap a National award, interprets Iranian director Majid Majidiâ€™s Oscar nominated film â€˜Children of Heavenâ€™ into an Indian setting with a terrorism angle and a few product endorsements thrown in.Insensitive, you would say, if youâ€™ve seen Majidiâ€™s masterpiece.But then, anything goes in Bollywood.
Made on a shoe-string budget, Bumm Bumm Bole, starring the Taare Zameen Par find Darsheel Safary and Ziyah Vastani, is an unsubtle, overdramatized, Bollywoodized version of a film that has driven many a viewer to tears. The film is about a poor 12-year-old kid Pinu (Darsheel) searching for a lost pair of shoes that belongs to his sister.His parents (Atul Kulkarni and Rituparna Sengupta) have lost their jobs at a tea estate and are hard pressed for money.Obviously, they canâ€™t afford to buy a new pair of shoes.So, Pinu and his sister share their only pair of shoes and keep it all secret from their parents until Pinu finds the lost pair or gets a new one.At last Pinu gets a chance to win a pair of new sneakers – by running in a marathon.But he must come, not first, not second, but third, to win the footwear.
Itâ€™s a simple, touching, heart-warming story that has been messed up gloriously by Priyadarshan in a bid to make you shed a tear in every important sequence. On top of it, writer Manisha Korde adds a terrorism angle. But what cannot be forgiven is the cheap attempt to advertise two brands (a shoe brand and an energy drink) in the second half.
Darsheel Safary isnâ€™t half as good as he was in his debut film, but he does shine in a few sequences, the climax, sadly, not being one of them. The cute and cherubic Ziyah Vastani does hold your attention with her natural performance. Atul Kulkarni chips in a fine act as a man troubled by his poverty and cops. Rituparna Sengupta is just about okay.All in all, â€˜Bumm Bumm Boleâ€™ is a disappointment if you compare it to the film itâ€™s an official remake of. Even on its own, itâ€™s not worth your time.