Bollywood has always experimented with various themes,
genres and categories, and explored ideas beyond that of leads dancing
to musical numbers. This time round, BollyCurry takes a look at one of
the most significant genres in Bollywood today - movies that cater to
children. Children's movies do not just entertain; they educate, inspire
and make just enough for a great cinematic experience.
Taare Zameen Par
This National Award-winning movie marked the
directorial debut for Aamir Khan. The spotlight though, is on the
eight-year old Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi (Darsheel Safary), who also
happens to suffer from Dyslexia. He is sent to boarding school owing to
his poor academic performance where meets a friendly and supportive art
teacher, Ram Shankar Nikhumbh (Aamir Khan). With his help, he not only
learns how to overcome his disability but discovers and polishes his
innate talents that have no match, in spite of his dyslexia. The subject
has been dealt with sensitively and the spirit of the film, aided by an
extraordinary performance by Darsheel Safary, left many people in tears
by the end.
Even though three superstars like Amitabh Bachchan,
Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla grabbed eyeballs after teaming up for this
movie, the success belongs essentially and completely to the little
protagonist, Banku (Aman Siddiqui). He is the heart and centre of
everything energetic and bright in this movie. This is a story of a
young boy who recently shifted to a bungalow with his family where he
finds a friend in the ghost of Kailash Nath (Amitabh Bachchan),
who tries to scare people away from the bungalow because he does not
want anybody residing there. A child's innocence, loyalty and sincerity
shines through this light hearted and beautiful film. Its sequel, Bhoothnath Returns hit the theatres in April 2014.
Stanley Ka Dabba
This heartwarming film directed and produced by Amol
Gupte, starred his son Partho Gupte in the lead role alongside a
talented bunch of kids. This is a story of a school boy, Stanley (Partho
Gupte), who is forbidden by his ravenous Hindi teacher (Amole Gupte) to
enter the school until he brings his own lunch with him. This leaves
Stanley in a fix as unknown to others, he is an orphan and works at a
restaurant and hence, depends on his friends' dabbas for food.
The story highlights the plight of children engaged in child labour.
More than anything, though, it is a simple story of a child's sunlit
soul. Partho Gupte takes the spotlight with an outstanding performance
that won him the National Award for Best Child Artist.
Directed by Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl, the
film features many debuting child artists. The protagonists
are particularly named after movies - Silencer, Aflatoon, Shaolin among
others. This National Award-winning film is a tale of innocent and
carefree kids who don the role of change-makers in the society when a
new rule of capturing stray dogs is imposed. It is a story of grit and
determination, and a tribute to the courageous spirit inherent in
children. The little heroes embody the essential truth - that anything
is possible if you have enough heart and determination.
The Blue Umbrella
Based on a novel by Ruskin Bond, this is another
National Award-winning film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. It is a story
of a young girl Binya (Shreya Sharma), belonging to a small village in
Himachal Pradesh. She comes across a blue coloured Japanese Umbrella
belonging to Japanese tourists and developing a liking towards the
umbrella, she trades it with her necklace. Soon people start getting
jealous and plot against her to get their hands on her possession. The
film portrays the human emotions of jealousy and greed. In the end, in a
warm hearted gesture, Binya gives her umbrella to the same person who
tried to steal it from her. The film depicts the kind of innocence and
sincerity children has blessed with.
Directed by Amol Gupte, this film is a tribute to
people who dare to dream. The story revolves around Arjun Harishchand
Waghmare (Partho Gupte), who works at a tea stall and his biggest dream
is to be able to skate. His feet get wings when he comes across an
enthusiastic coach Aniket Bhargava (Saqib Saleem), who agrees to train
him. The movie takes us to a world where children are forced to work for
a living, a world right in front of our eyes but that we choose to
ignore. However in the movie, there is also the coach who goes out of
his way to support him and make him a skater. Surely the film's heart is
at its right place.
These are some of the movies that struck a chord
with the audience and inspired them to understand children a little
better, love a little better and perhaps, they did make a difference.
BollyCurry wishes that more such movies come our way. Do let us know
about your favorite children's movie in the comments section below.
Writer: Peehu A.
Editors: Tanisha N. and Sonia R.
Graphics: Virina R.
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