Kites become the metaphor for this underdone cinema with it oft-heard, overdone message of fighting hard and never giving up come what may, as the sky is the limit. If the nobility fails to motivate, it’s not because of its artiness but because of the lack of it.
The plot: Avinash (Raj Tandon), a very good student in Mumbai, is pummelled from all directions as his hard work doesn’t throw up favourable results and his London-based parents Kailash (Yashpal Sharma) and Rama (Manjusha Godse) cause more tension. In this materialistic world, Avinash finds solace in Gulab (Raghubir Yadav), his dadu in the village where he spent the first seven years of his life. Simple village life and friends there help Avinash slow down a bit and under dad’s optimistic guidance, he wins a coveted kite flying competition. This boosts his confidence.
The good: The obvious moral science lessons are all here – keep life simple, don’t let competition eat into your time with loved ones, they aren’t going to be around forever. The performances are neat. Raghubir Yadav does his part perfectly and transmits the affability of his character to the audiences too. Raj is subtle, the character of Salim played by Aditya Siddhu, Govinda played by Nitin Kerur and Muskaan played by Anya Anand make their presence felt. Yashpal Sharma is amusing as he retains his Indian accent while talking to his clients in London.
The bad: There isn’t anything ground-breaking out here. The message conveyed is straightforward and offers no new thought. The treatment is banal too. The characterisations also appear flawed as there’s no youthfulness in the young couple, Avinash and Muskaan. They seem like a 30-plus couple dressed like 18-year-olds. Coming from a young director, there’s unfortunately no freshness on offer. Even the dubbing done for Raj is very abrupt as his voice sounds like that of a 25-year-old. The songs come as often as beggars at a Mumbai signal and just as persistently refuse to go away. The detailing goes turkey too, where a 12th Std boy marches around in the middle of the day in his village in a white formal shirt tucked into black pants and formal shoes, looking he has just crashed in from an interview.
Overall: The attempt may have been to come off as strong and arty, loaded with sermons and metaphors. But the overdone simplicity makes it ploddingly commonplace.