Hawaa Hawaai

Hawaa Hawaai Trailer

Hawaa Hawaai, released May 2014, is inspirational and has the feel good factor, with a message that says ‘dreams can come true’. Directed by Amole Gupte, it is reminiscent of Chak De India and Taree Zameen Par – also directed by Gupte.

This movie is about of a group of shantytown kids who come together to build a pair roller skates. After 14-year-old Arjun’s (Partho Gupte) father dies, he becomes the man of the house and sets out to make some money for the family. Working as a tea boy, he quickly sees how the wealthy side lives and sees a roller skating class. After this he dreams to become a champion roller skater.

However, Hawaa Hawaai is more than just a movie about roller-skating; it highlights the divide between rich and poor, it questions society’s boundaries, it shows if you want it enough, you can achieve your goal.

The soundtrack is equally as uplifting as the movie, and is definitely worth a listen even if you don’t watch the movie.

 Watch if you like: Chak De India, Taree Zameen Par, Koi Mil Gaya

Growing Up With Film

I would sum up my experience of film from my childhood as James Bond meets Bollywood

Looking back on my younger childhood, I have memories of films. I can remember some of the films which I watched as a young child, in particular the films I would rewatch or the films I have watched again since.

I don’t come from a family that is exceptionally fanatic about film, but, to me, movies bring people together. Perhaps this belief comes from growing up and watching films with family and friends.

However, I do come from a family of mixed culture and this has influenced the movies I watched and the movies I watch today.

One of my earliest memories is going to the cinema. My Grandma took my brothers and I to see Toy Story and I recall sitting on booster seat to see over the other cinema seats. I thought it was fantastic, and to this day, Toy Story remains in my list of favourite movies.

Whatever it is that sparked my interest in film, I am grateful for it.