Ooh! It's realms of cherishing moments for film buffs of B-town. Bounded to a much knotty situation of multiplex owners-producers pettifoggeries, things are turning to be more exquisitely perfect now. When you've three flicks of unparalleled genres hitting screens this weekend, you're sure to have a fine weekend.
Zor Lagaa Ke... Haiya - Perhaps, the teasers should've pulled an idea of presuming this flick to be a sort of Children's film. Precisely, it isn't merely for kids, but a film worth-the-pick for family audiences. When kids aren't shown what they're supposed to watch in Hindi screens, 'Zor Lagaa Ke Haiya' is a perfect illustration of what a 'Family Entertainer' genre should be.
The film is about four tykes dwelling in a large building: Laddu (Hardik), Priya (Ayesha), Ritesh (Ritwik) and Karan (Meghan). For these gleeful kids, nothing seems to be more baffling other than a strange beggar who dwells on platform near their building... They feel more threatened for his shuddery looks and indeed term him with a nickname 'Raavan' (Mithun Chakraborthy). But these kids are so curious to know what's there in his bag. Every time, they're on with some saucy plans to unravel the bag contents, so-called Raavan outsmarts them.
Unwilling to back off, these children gear up for yet another ideation about building a small tree house so as to keep a watch on Raavan dwelling across platforms... Ram (Ashwin), a laborer from the neighboring construction site helps them in raising the tree house. Finally, the children become so friendly with Raavan and the tree house turns to be his dwelling place in night. But an appalling situation strikes through Bakshi (Gulshan Grover) who decides to demolish the presence of tree to raise a new grand gate over there for the sake of commercial activities. He has Gupta (Mahesh Manjrekar) assisting him on this project and rest of the film is about how these smart kids and Raavan save the tree from deteriorated.
'Too preachy is too boring', isn't? Looks like Girish was keen on avoiding this factor while dropping the conceptualizations. Although, the film happens to be a socio-commercial entertainer, Girish doesn't drag you much with those preaching elements. Sans sermons on lengthy-lines, the auteur has blended the precipitous message with decent screenplay.
When it comes to kids on title cards, they've spelled a tremendous show with decent performance. They're so naturalistic on every frame. They don't overreact and Girish has been nifty in directing them for fantastic results. Especially, Ashwin Chitale who astonished us with brilliant performance in Shwaas has done a praiseworthy job on emotional quotients. Ayesha and Ritwik have tried for best show and could've done yet more appealing. Ditto to beefy chap Hardik who evokes laughter with his gestures... Mahesh Manjrekar does a commendable performance and Gulshan Grover as antagonist get on with crème de la crème piece of work. Possibly, Seema Biswas could've been externalized with much more prominence. Mithun Chakraborthy steals the show with more adeptness by strongly adhered to his characterization.
At other end, technical aspects could've been better as it slightly goes below the line of mediocre. As well, the songs and background score fails to grab attention of audiences. 'Sapnon Ka' is an exception for pleasant music.
On the whole, 'Zor Laga Ke... Haiyya' is a decent film for family audiences. On the buttons, winning international awards fetches additional publicity and has probabilities of doing well in box office for the season for the decent theme.
Verdict: Worth watching once.