Yeh Khula Aasmaan Movie Review: This Kite Doesn’t Fly Too High…
Before all you readers out there start wondering why this reviewer has commented on the aviation pattern on a kite, let it be made clear at the outset that the Khula Aasmaan in the movie refers to a kite flying competition, winning which is supposedly helpful to restore the shattered confidence of the teenager protagonist.
Like the critically acclaimed Udaan, this film too seeks to explore the angst of a teenage boy, who is 'confused, depressed and stressed', (as the movie posters claim), but with dismal results. So we have Mumbai based teenager Avinash (Raj Tandon), who is depressed because his parents Kailash (Yashpal Sharma) and Rama (Manjusha Godse) are too busy with their own lives in London to even take his calls when he fails his IIT entrance exams. Giving up on his parents, Avinash takes the first train to Bhagalpur to be with his ailing grandfather Gulab Dadu (Raghubir Yadav), a kite flying champion in his youth, who is now living on his own with a faithful retainer and memories of his son, who has gone off to London without a backward glance.
Sensing the need to restore the teenager's confidence in himself, the doting grand-daddy ropes Avinash into a kite flying competition, which is supposedly quite a big deal in the small town that they live in. With ample moral support from his grandfather, a friend Govinda (Nitin Kerur) and his teenage crush Muskaan (Anya Anand), Avinash decides to enter the competition…of course; the end being quite predictable like most Hindi films, there is no need to elaborate further.
Raghubir Yadav puts in an honest performance as the lonely old man, who gets to relive his youth by training his grandson for the kite flying competition. Raj Tandon and Anya Anand too are passable, though the latter sometimes seems quite clueless about what expressions to sport on her pretty face during certain situations. What this reviewer cannot manage to figure out is the director's choice to cast Yashpal Sharma (with his oiled hair and a heavy North Indian accent) in the role of Kailash, a NRI businessman in London. Sharma might be the go-to guy when one needs someone to play a rustic goon or a political hood, but as a London based businessman, Sharma is extremely out of place.
As far as the story is concerned, though it is pleasant enough, there is nothing to hold the viewer's attention or interest and teamed up with a predictable end, slow pace and stereotypical characters and preachy messages, Yeh Khula Aasmaan is like a kite without a string…
Release Date : 25 May 2012
Banner : Gitanjali Creations
Producer : Hemendra Aran
Director : Gitanjali Sinha