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BUBBLEGUM – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on July 29, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Sushma Kaul

DIRECTOR – Sanjivan Lal

WRITER – Sanjivan Lal

CAST – Sohail Lakhani, Apurva Arora, Sachin Khedekar, Tanvi Azmi
MUSIC – Hanif Sheikh, Bapi, Tutul
There is a cusp of change that is as tumultuous as they come and it is popularly known as adolescence. That time of our lives when transition brings a world of conflicts and choices, that defines who we are going to become. Standing at this cusp of change, Vedant (Sohail Lakhani) struggles with the naiveté of childhood and the angst of growing up. He rebels, fights, sulks and thrashes but little does he know that it is a time for evolution that is temporary but inevitable.

A secure childhood has never meant a chaos-free teenage. Neither does it ensure a smooth transition. Yet, it is this very stability that ensures the cross-over becomes a strength in the toughest times. Mukund (the ever-dependable Sachin Khedekar) and Sudha (the talented Tanvi Azmi) embody this ideal of parenthood that Vedant seems to be blessed with. His anchorage also comes from his brother Vidur, (Delzad) who is hearing-impaired but stoic. From a distance he may seem protected and lucky. But Sanjivan Lal chooses to delve a little deeper into his dilemmas to unearth what it really means to be a teenager when every problem seems bigger than it is.

One of these dilemmas is Jenny, (Apoorva Arora) whose attention Vedant is fighting for with Ratan (Suraj Singh). The film treads this territory of young love with a touching innocence. While Vedant fights this battle outside, at home he is struggling with having to share his parent’s attention with his physically challenged brother Vidur, who is back for holidays from his hostel. His feelings of neglect leave his parents concerned and Vedant rebelling. His parents decide to handle it with tact and sensitivity and Vidur supplies his own maturity. Nowhere does the film trades real issues for drama or entertainment and this very insightful treatment is delightful.

The film handles conflicts as delicately as it shows the parents doing, showering sympathetic and understanding attention to Vedant but never forgetting the bigger picture. The picture of his arriving into adulthood as a responsible and sensitive individual. In many ways the film can be seen as Vedant’s journey into adulthood yet the time frame is short and episodes minimal, making the film universal yet focused.

The film is not a modern film. Set in the 80’s in the small town of Jamshedpur, it talks of lives without the entrapment of technology and globalisation. Yet its beauty remains in the universal and timeless conflicts it addresses and the layers it builds into this seemingly simple story. It might seem slow yet boring it is not. It might not be entertaining but empty it is not. You will be glad you watched it.

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