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Upperstall Review


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Bumm Bumm Bole


Hindi, Drama, 2010, Color

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Khogiram (Atul Kulkarni), his wife (Rituparna Sengupta) and their kids Pinu (Darsheel Safary) and Rimzim (Ziyah Vastani) belong to a terrorist dominated region. Khogiram and Ritu have a hand-to-mouth income working for a tea plantation and can barely manage things. The kids are affected by this as well. They go to a respectable school as it is Khogiram's ambition to give them the educational opportunities he missed. But the financial crunch makes it difficult for kids to match the standards of the school. They don't have enough money for uniform or shoes. Things become worse when Pinu misplaces Rimzim's only pair of shoes in the vegetable shop! Rimzim can't go to school without her shoes. They work out a scheme where both of them share the same shoes. However, Pinu always gets into trouble at school waiting for Rimzim to give him the shoes. He comes to know of the Interschool Marathon where one of the prizes is a pair of shoes. Pinu plans to run for it and win the shoes for Rimzim...

Great films just happen. They cannot simply be made again, officially or otherwise. Bumm Bumm Bole (BBB), the 'official' remake of the Majid Majidi masterpiece, Children of Heaven (1997) tries hard but fails to emulate the greatness of the original. It is simply unable to capture the simplicity, inherent beauty, poetry and innocence of its source material. OK, so it's unfair to compare the two films and there are many who may not have seen the original so the key question here is - does BBB stand well enough on its own? In the final analysis, one has to say, no.

On the positive side, director Priyadarshan, to his credit, does set the film up nicely and does capture the essence of the struggle each one in the family of four goes through reasonably well. But somewhere, somehow your heart fails to go out to them all the way. Consequently, for all its best intentions, BBB never comes across as an authentic or the big cathartic experience it should have been. The film's biggest failure is that it just does not make you cry with a smile on your face, like the original did.

The screenplay appears disjointed while sequences like the rape attempt, the jail sentence, the terrorist plot, the shootout and an interrogation tossed in take away from the main storyline - the little 'shoe exchange' adventure the two children embark upon. As a result, one does not feel the plight of the two children going about sharing one pair of shoes or get involved with the marathon race, where the brother has to come third; this, in spite of some admittedly heart-warming sequences between the brother and sister. The film also is much too long and by the time the marathon gets underway, you are actually waiting for the film to end.

Still, the two central performances do lift the film a notch even if Darsheel Safary, who was very well cast in Taare Zameen Par (2007) where he looked the part and a acted brilliantly, is good but not as good as he was there. His Pinu also gets over shadowed by Ziyah Vastani, who is just lovely and has a priceless smile. Of the adults, there's not much one can say except that Atul Kulkarni gets theatrical and Rituparna Sengupta gets dubbed.

Of the technicalities, the film is pretty well shot and does look picturesque even if the locations are not quite Assam.

Our advice? Watch the original.

Upperstall review by: flyingrodent

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