Release date: June 26, 2015
Directed by: Avinash Arun
Cast: Archit Deodhar, Amruta Subhash, Parth Bhalerao, Gaurish Gawde

Change is inevitable. Change is hard. It is defined by the replacement of an existing entity by another unacquainted entity. At times it is the deliberate loss of a possession for a new, advanced and improved one. This is when it could be pleasant, if it’s desired. The involuntary loss of a possession or a person is what hits hard.

Chinmay (Archit Deodhar) is a prepubescent boy, who’s grappling with the perils of a set of forced changes. His mother (Amruta Subhash) has been served with a job transfer to the coastal Konkans, from the urbane settings of Pune. Chinmay has to cope with the repercussions. He’s a timid, well behaved boy, who wears his hair neatly parted and chooses his friends cautiously. As an aunt of his points out, he’s wiser than his age.

But, yet, he is an eleven year old, faced with the urge to fit in with the boisterous bunch of Suhaas/Bandya (Parth Bhalerao) and his fellow hell-raising young ones. Chinmay shows his considerateness by taking in the stray dog that was almost sodomized by the same set of boys he’s trying to befriend. He gets into the cool backbenchers gang by helping Yuvraj (Gaurish Gawde) answer a math teacher’s question.

His mother is also dealing with monumental changes in the work atmosphere at her new office. There are co-employees who shirk their duties in lieu of comfort and convenience and she isn’t used to it. Debutant director, who’s also the film’s cinematographer, Avinash Arun shoots this melancholic tale in the serenly old world backdrop of the rural mangrove-inhabitated coastlines and the greens of the rain. The children ride bikes and catch crabs by the sea.

The proverbial transformation of the protagonists comes along in an understated sequence. The drama is subtle, assisted by the harmonious background score of Naren Chandarvarkar and Benedict Taylor. Archit Deodhar as the little Chinmay is adorably poised with the set of emotions he’s asked to deal with. Parth Bhalerao, after his powercracker performance in Bhoothnath Returns last year, returns as delightfully amazing mischievous Bandya. He’s loud, he’s cocky, and yet he retains empathy for his friends. He only speaks of an uncle at his house, and that’s all we know about his family. It would have been a monster truck sized incentive to see what his background is.

It’s evident, when Arun declares that the film is dedicated to his parents, it’s a story which has autobiographical roots in his growing up years. Tushar Paranjape, his cowriter, makes the film entirely relateable for every demograph. The Killa (fort) holds strong and dusts off the settled moss in all glory.

My rating: **** (4 out of 5)

  1. July 25th, 2015
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