Satrangee Parachute – Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on February 26, 2011 | No Comments
FILM – Satrangee Parachute
PRODUCER – Vineet Khetrapal
DIRECTOR – Vineet Khetrapal
WRITER – Pulakesh Bhowmik
CAST – Jackie Shroff, Kay Kay Menon, Zakir Hussain, Rajpal Yadav, Sanjay Mishra, Rupali Ganguly, Lilliput, Siddhartha Sanghani
MUSIC – Kaushik Dutta, Shamir Tandon
Saddled with an extremely tedious screenplay and immature direction, Satrangee Parachute is yet another example of how severe is our lack of imagination when it comes to children’s films.
Satrangee Parachute is a story of children’s dreams. It is meant to be a touching portrait of the innocence and simplicity of their world while showcasing the darkness of the adult world. Pappu is a precocious child who keeps running away from home at a whim. His is an expansive and fancy free world which refuses to stay in the confines of Nainital. He runs away to Mumbai only to be safely brought back. We would love to know more of his world but the film does not go beyond superficial presentations of children and their world.
After a tedious and meandering hour the film arrives at its sub-plot of terrorism. The film oscillates between Mumbai and Nainital as Pappu, runs away with four of his friends to Mumbai to get a satrangee (seven coloured) parachute for his best friend Kuhu who cannot see. The children get embroiled with the terrorist gang who want to launch an attack on Mumbai using some dubious parachutes.
A complete lack of cleverness and a very loose plot couple with bad characterisation. Hence actors like Sanjay Mishra and Zakir Hussain are left with little to do. Jackie Shroff’s and Kay Kay Menon’s special appearances are not special either. Rajpal Yadav is a little less loud than his usual self but even that temperance does not help this doomed film. The children, all of them including Pappu are unnatural and banal, as though reciting poetry in their school class competition.
The cinematography has a crispness to it which is appealing. But beyond that, a few strains of nice music and the intention, nothing really comes across as worthy of attention in this colourless film.