Directed by: Amole Gupte
Produced by: Amole Gupte and Deepa Bhatia
Written by: Amole Gupte
Starring: Partho Gupte, Saqib Saleem,Thirupathi N. Kushnapelli, Salman Chhote Khan, Ashfaque Bismillah Khan, Maaman Memon Yadav, Makarand Deshpande, Neha Joshi, Anuj Sachdeva and Pragya Yadav.
Editing by: Deepa Bhatia
Music and Background Score: Hitesh Sonik
Lyrics: Amole Gupte

Important 120 minutes! Moist eyes, giggles and something that cringes your heart out. That, ‘something’ is unexplainable.

Amole Gupte is a sheer genius, specially with kids and that needs no detailing. Taare Zameen Par, one of the best films I’ve ever seen, it was all Mr.Gupte’s vision. Sadly, I haven’t seen Stantley Ka Dabba but I’ve heard SO MUCH about it. The beauty of his writing, the beauty of his vision, the way he handles the kids, it just makes me a crazier fan.  After watching Hawaa Hawaai, the first thing I did was:
Order Stanley Ka Dabba’s dvd!

Ever since I was a child, a few things really bothered me.
Looking at those tiny children begging on the streets, working at tea stalls or mopping away our homes, there was always a question inside me.
“Why don’t they go to school? Why do their parents allow them to do this?”

Thanks to Hawaa Hawaai and Amole Gupte, I could see my answers on screen. It is one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen. It is like a lullaby! You won’t even realise it and it’ll do its job.
Those 120 minutes just flew, flew like Arjun (Partho Gupte).
It is quite difficult to sit through a predictable film and specially when it’s a sports film because you know the end. That’s exactly when the actual art of filmmaking comes into the picture.
The screenplay is smooth, smooth enough to make you wonder why the journey ended. The way it has been captured, that too, is immensely beautiful. Kudos to the cinematographer!
But honestly, Hawaa Hawaai works because of the performances and the veracious effort put in by Amole Gupte.

The casting is bang on and newbies like Pragya Yadav and Anuj Sachdeva do complete justice to their characters.
Even Makarand Deshpande’s (as Arjun’s father) small little cameo is worth every penny. He proves his class in his last scene where he is shattered by the dry field and bursts out crying, followed by a heart attack. (Gupte has beautifully highlighted the situation of the farmers in our country)
But the 5 kids, or I should say, ‘Pandavas’ are the people who take Hawaa Hawaai to an extreme level. Partho Gupte as Arjun/The Eklava (Eklavya) is mesmeric and he’s probably one of the best actors we have, even though he’s too small right now. His character is too complex but he played it with so much of ease that for those 120 minutes, you tend to forget that he’s Mr.Gupte’s son.

The scene where he is howling and begging his Lucky Sir (Saqib Saleem) to forgive him because he shouldn’t participate in the district championship, it’ll leave you with tears. Partho: Take a bow, seriously, take a bow!
The 4 other kids too, are a treat to watch.
Gochi (Ashfaque Bismillah Khan), Bhura (Salman Chhote Khan), Abdul (Maaman Memon), and Murugan (Thirupathi Kushnapelli).
Too Natural: Too Innocent: Too Sublime: Too Confident!
Hawaa Hawaai would have been incomplete without these stars.

Last but not the least, Saqib Saleem (Lucky Sir) and Neha Joshi (Arjun’s mother), they are the elderly souls of this film. Saqib once again proves his ability of fitting into almost every character that he’s given. The passion in his eyes, the care and the generosity: Saleem is flawless.
Neha Joshi is the perfect mother. She breaks down, she cares, she’s guilty, she worries and what else? SHE LOVES!
Everything revolves around her Arjun. That’s what a mother is, right?
The music and the background score perfectly compliments the film and the scenes ahead, it takes the film forward and the lyrics by the multitalented Amole Gupte are exquisite.
Deepa Bhatia’s editing deserves a special mention because the film just keeps flowing. The Gupte family is insanely talented!

Overall, Hawaa Hawaai makes you smile, it makes you think, it makes you cry but in the end, it gives you hope.
Hope to gain the courage to dream. Amole Gupte deserves all the applause for this masterpiece. All of us, we are all dreamers. But somewhere down the line, we become greedy, greedy for money or fame, children never do that and that’s why Arjun’s story, it will make you realise how important dreams are.
“कुछ सपने सोने नहीं देते”
(Some dreams don’t let you sleep)


4 stars




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