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
It has been over a year since I’ve blogged here and I miss it and all the wonderful WordPress blogs out there. So I am back, and in the words of Take That, I am back for good. I aim to review the films I watch more and talk about cinema in general, as well as boosting the overall quality. So, expect to see more dear reader.
Another area that I want to work on this year is a documentary that I’ve been hoping to make, but procrastination got the better of me. The documentary would be about dyslexia and Asperger’s and how this relates to creativity. But, I’ll post more on this later, for now it’s back to essay writing.
Once upon a time I had an obsession with movies. Everyone enjoys good story, right? They are another world to get lost in. I hadn’t realized that is effectively what I had been doing as an avid movie watcher. Getting drawn into an alternative story. A story that’s not your own. That is ultimately what movies are; an escape, a distraction and an insight into something else.
That all sounds rather pessimistic, but hopeful at the same time. People will always buy into a story – whether they want an escape or something to identify with. The option is there.
Now, I’d say I’m not obsessed with movies. I don’t have that burning passion for them, which I once thought I did. Rather, I have become addicted, hooked on all the story variations and different temporary realities.
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.