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Gattu – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on July 21, 2012 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Children’s Film Society
DIRECTOR –Rajan Khosa
WRITER – Rajan Khosa, K. D. Satyam, Dileep Shukla
CAST – Mohammad Samad, Naresh Kumar, Jayanta Das
MUSIC – Sandesh Shandilya

Childhood is a world where little things really matter. Little joys and little sorrows become all-encompassing and it is the little journeys you make that turn your life around. Something similar happens with Gattu, our little protagonist of Rajan Khosa’s film. And Khosa’s manner of exploring the little things that make up Gattu’s life draws us closer to that beautiful world of childhood that lives within us even today.

Gattu’s story is a simple tale of a boy wishing for a little dream and then going all out to make it happen. An orphan, Gattu (Mohammed Samad) lives with his uncle and works at a junkyard in small-town Roorkee. He is a street-smart kid, his wits always around him what with having learnt the ways of the world way too early. He is aware of the poverty of his situation, both monetary and emotional but he is a spirited child, a survivor. Like any other child he yearns to enjoy simple pleasures like kite-flying. He watches a mysterious black kite ruling the area and wants to do the same. But 15 Rs for a new kite is far too much than what he or his uncle can afford. So he comes up with a plan. It involves a municipal school, some conniving, some thievery and a dream.

In a fresh, perspective-driven narrative the film veers away from moral lessons and celebrates goodness with an innocence as touching as the world Gattu finds for himself in the school. He finds friendship and more, and with him we rejoice in the little boy getting his due, which he does in the end.

But more than the destination, which is revealed to us with a heart-felt feel-goodness, it is the journey that leaves us cosy. The relationship between Gattu and his school-friends, Gattu and the street-children and his relationship with the outside world is handled with a careful realism that is neither affected nor harsh. The children mouth lines that suit their age and reality, and perform with a simplicity we rarely get to watch in children in films.

Low-budget and within 80 minutes of run-time, Gattu tells a refreshing story of childhood and the way it sees the world. It is a tad stagey at times, and even ponderous, but the heart and sensibility it exhibits is in the right place, striking the right chords with us. Last we saw it in Stanley ka Dabba and watching Gattu so soon after that film is enough to give us hope that children’s films, the way they are meant to be, are not dead after all.

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