Chillar Party – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on July 8, 2011 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Ronnie Screwvala, Salman Khan
DIRECTOR – Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl
WRITER – Vijay Maurya (Screenplay) Vikas Bahl and Nitesh Tiwari (Story)
CAST – Irrfan Khan, Naman, Divij, Sanath, Vedant, Aarav, Chinmay, Sherya, Rohan, Visshesh
MUSIC – Amit Trivedi
Children’s films are about the charm of simplicity that surrounds their world. ‘Chillar Party’, captures that world with ease and flair while rooting issues of the adult world through their struggles.
The film revolves around a bunch of kids standing up to a minister’s drive to evict a dog from their colony. It begins with a beautifully notorious plot of the kids themselves being against the little pet of Fatka (Irrfan Khan), an outsider who comes in from the village to clean cars in the colony. This bunch includes a motley of lovely performers with even more interesting character names – Jhangiya (Naman), Shaolin (Divij), Enclyclopedia (Sanath), Silencer (Vedant), Aflatoon (Aarav), Panauti (Chinmay), Toothpaste (Sherya), Akram (Rohan), Second Hand (Visshesh). The sub-plot of exclusion and clanism establishes itself strongly with the children trying little mischiefs to make Fatka miserable and make him and his dog leave.
But things take a turn when a minister gets harassed by the same dog and decides to have it removed on a note of pure personal vengeance. The children undergo a change of heart and decide to stand up to this injustice. What follows are signature campaigns, underwear marches and an impassioned motivation to correct the unjustness of segregation.
The film sets its tone in entertainment even as it establishes itself in the broad battle of good vs evil. It brushes within its purview larger and adult issues of separatism and acceptance while throwing at us little notes on social evils such as child labour. The film is well-intended and this intention shows in all things from the naughtiness of the children to their perspective of the world around them to their actions in making a difference.
After a series of feel-good and engaging events the climax becomes a little over-done and flashy as is the woeful trend of mainstream entertainers taking away a little of the steam of the well-done film. The children perform with a gusto, very unlike the stereotyped versions of themselves as shown in mainstream Bollywood and that becomes a pleasure to watch.
For a film that bridges the gap of the child and adult world and makes its little protagonist the mouthpieces of the ills of the adult world, it works really well. With no star-cast yet having children do what we grown-ups should be doing, it does what most films try so