Hawaa Hawaai Movie Review: A Touching Tale
Now this is one man who definitely knows his job well. Amol Gupte, who has already delivered one sensitive film as a director, Stanley Ka Dabba, comes up with a much more 'commercial' affair in the form of Hawaa Hawaai. Even though the core context and message of both films is on the similar lines, which is that of an underdog and under privileged youngster defying odds to do something in life, Amol makes sure that his treatment of Hawaa Hawaai brings in a lot more smiles, fun elements as well as emotional moments.
From the plot perspective, Hawaa Hawaai is simple. A boy (Partho Gupte), who has been forced out of his relatively comfortable growing up years into the slums, catches fancy of skating. The man who helps him realize this dream is a coach (Saqib Saleem) who has his own inner demons to fight. Of course you know that eventually all would be well. However, this is where the story and the story telling element comes into place.
Frankly, the way Hawaa Hawaai kick-starts isn't great shakes. There is way too much emphasis on the background and current (poor) condition of Amole, which unfortunately appears 'designed for emotions' than coming naturally. You really want the film to reach to a point from where the core context is established. However what one gets to see is not just Amole's condition at home but also that of his four friends, many of them homeless. Since the situation here is unlike a Chillar Party or a Bhoothnath Returns, where humor led from the front, one isn't as excited by the emotions on display.
However, what does work brilliantly is the manner in which the first right step is taken in the direction of 'creating roller skates'. Frankly, this is the best part of the film (yes, even better than the climax) and the visuals that accompany Ghoom Gayi are simply brilliant. You choke with euphoria even as the kids and their sympathetic employers go about putting together an indigenous means of putting together the skates. The practice sessions in isolation are good too, though the entire super-hero entry into the arena again shifts away from the realistic setting so far and seems designed for catering to the kids.
The second half starts on a decent note as Saqib too realizes that there is a limit to which he could push Partho. The intermittent portions starts appearing stretched though and a series of scenes take the film to its climax, something that could have been done quicker. Thankfully, there are at least two major twists and turns in the climax, and that too when the players have reached the arena, which give Hawaa Hawaai further sense of credibility.
It is this credibility that sets Hawaa Hawaai apart. In fact it won't be wrong to say that certain scenes make the film even a strong candidate for international exposure. However, a few accompanying scenes don't quite give justice to this thought due to which one drops this idea. Still, what one takes home are performances by Partho (he is just the right personality for the part, and does quite well too) and Saqib (who easily comes up with his best act till date). Along with their team of other actors, who are clearly convinced with their parts, Partho and Saqib make sure that Hawaa Hawaai would be talked about.