(Hawaa Hawaai is not a mass entertainer. So if you like watching films which have flying heroes, strong dialogues or meaningless comedy, then you should avoid watching Hawaa Hawaai. The film is strictly for movie goers who love simple yet extraordinary cinema.)
One usually doesn’t expect cinemas to be houseful in the morning shows of Bollywood films (at least, you see a lot of couples filling up the seats). But it was a surprise for us when we were told by the manager of a leading cinema chain that we have to wait for the first show of Hawaa Hawaai to start as not even a single ticket of the film has been sold. Stubborn us kept waiting at the ticket window for someone to buy the ticket of Hawaa Hawaai, until we realized that everyone (mostly middle aged men) want to watch Mastram. Seeing our persistence, manager agreed to play the film only for us (Trust us! It’s not a good idea to watch a film alone in the entire theater). However, 45 minutes later, we were joined by a couple (we don’t know why they came for the movie so late).
All our efforts paid off as this simple yet extraordinary film impressed us with effortless acting performances and brilliant treatment of less popular subject. It would have been a tough decision for Amole Gupte to make a film on Skating, which is still not a popular sport in India. From selecting his actors to graceful direction, the director-producer has created a magic on screen.
There are some forced twists in the story which could have been avoided to make this film look much better. Saqib Saleem appears to overacting in many scenes. His character could have been played by some other actor.
Is it similar to Stanley Ka Dabba?
Both the films have kids in focus and impact is also the same. Both the films bring same emotions to your face. But when it comes to story and acting, there is a big difference. If you liked Stanley Ka Dabba, you will love Hawaa Hawaai.
How are Partho Gupte and other actors in the film?
Partho Gupte’s effortless acting makes him one of the best child actors in the industry today. His co-actors Salman Chhote Khan, Ashfaque Bismillah Khan and other will immediately grab your attention with their performance. Saqib Saleem is weak link of the film.
How is the direction?
Amole Gupte’s strength is his idea of presenting a simple story in a powerful way. He has again shown his strength again in Hawaa Hawaai.
This time he tried to add commercial favour to the movie, which in a way spoilt the overall theme. There is a Bhaag Milkha Bhaag inspired climax in the end, then there is an unnecessary love story, which could have been avoided.
Big Question: Should I watch this film?
Hawaa Hawaai is a special film, and there was a need to promote it in a special way. However, there is hardly any buzz about the film. The film is releasing with 5 other Bollywood films this week, so it is hard for it stand out. If you are a lover of simple cinema, go for it. You can also wait for the movie to get TV premier.