Yeh Khula Aasmaan Review
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh
YEH KHULA AASMAAN mirrors the pressures the youth faces today [peer, parental and academic pressures]. Director Gitanjali Sinha deserves accolades for thinking out of the box, for choosing a theme you can relate to, but the writing is erratic at times, especially in its second hour. Nonetheless, Gitanjali has handled the delicate moments between the grandfather and the kid well. Besides, the story of peer pressure to score in academics, the conflicting views between the new and old generations, the predicaments and bridging of the generation gap... the film seems like a chapter from our lives. The conclusion to the story -- the kite flying competition -- is appropriate, though, I wish to add, the feeling of euphoria is missing.
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza
First time director Gitanjali Sinha explores the human emotions; the frustrations of the teenagers and the ache of the old, with such finesse that you would be not wrong in thinking that she is some 50-year-old. However, it turns out that she is a young film-maker with a passion to do meaningful cinema. The maturity with which she handles the confusion of the protagonist 18-year-old Avinash (Raj Tandon), the immaturity of his father Kailash (Yashpal Sharma) and the longing of his grandfather Gulab Rai (Raghubir Yadav) is impressive.
Rediff | Preeti Arora
Raj Tandon shows some promise but his performance gets bogged down by the synthetic dialogues he's forced to deliver every few minutes. The girl next door Muskaan (played by Anya Anand) struts around with a vacuous expression on her face. Fairly confident for a newcomer, she can't really be blamed if the director has focused more on the vague symbolism of the kites than on the characters?
The kite-flying competition turns into the most tedious part of the film where tight close-ups of the competitors with strained gestures and highly contorted faces are intercut with kites floating in the sky. And when a film of this genre can't create a few terse moments of suspense for climax then it can only generate yawn-inducing moments.
Dailybhaskar | Dailybhaskar
Though Raj Tandon is the protagonist, Raghubir Yadav as Dadu steals the show. The actor gets into the skin of the character, making it very convincing. His affection is clearly visible and leaves an impact even after the film ends. Raj Tandon plays his part well and his innocence is clearly indicated in his natural performance. Anya Anand does justice to her part, Yashpal Sharma only gets a small part to play, but essays his character with confidence, Manjusha Godse is upright.
Gitanjali Sinha has done justice to a sensitive subject. The director has also managed to induce emotions in the script, however, by the climax, the film becomes a bit too filmy. The lifestyle of a rural setup has been showcased beautifully. The film rides high on the thin line between the need of today’s world and truth of life.
Koimoi | Priyanka Ketkar
Raghuveer Yadav is the only person who has given an excellent performance. Raj Tandon and Anya Anand are quite natural and suit perfectly in their roles of teenagers. Aditya Sidhu as Salim shows real potential. Yashpal Sharma and Manjusha Godse act well, but their poor dialogue delivery takes away all the attention. Overall, none of the cast is extraordinary
Gitanjali Sinha’s direction fails to impress. The camera angles are weird, there are times when the scenes are over-exposed and the editing in some such parts is inconsistent. The narration also is haphazard and there is an acute lack of correlation between one scene and the next one.
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi
The works of symbolism is one thing while throwing the metaphor in the forced manner in your face another and filmmaker Gitanjali Sinha opts for the latter where almost everything going wrong around Avinash's life gets sorted by one kite flying competition he takes part in.
The dialogues in the film are preachy and jaded almost reminding of the '70s filmmaking style while the songs are boring, tripe and far too many. There are as many as four songs in the first half itself with two coming right in the initial ten minutes of the film.
Filmfare | Devesh Sharma
Children do go through severe trauma during 10th and 12th exams and films exploring that are the need of the hour. It’s a good and noble attempt but isn’t executed well. The issue isn’t given the due gravitas. The film lacks pace, the dialogue is stilted and the cinematography is erratic. The screenplay is patchy and predictable. The songs are too long and too many and not enough tension is maintained in the kite flying sequences. Instead of a taut climax, we have actors furiously pumping their fists while making fake kite flying gestures. The film concentrates more on two warring kite flying clans and the message that one should let go of differences and tackle the hurdles of life with one’s family is lost in oblivion.
Film Tadka | Janhavi Patel
YKA could have been touching and sweet but it is slow and torturous. You don’t really connect with the characters and all the “lessons” are predictable and old. It looks like the same scene is being repeated. There is no sense of joy in the movie! Thank God the movie is only 100 minutes long! That comes as a relief. The dialogue is pathetic and lacks soul. You would rather watch birds flying and clouds floating in the sky than this movie! There is no sense of excitement during the kite flying competition as well.
IBNLive | IANS
The narration is kept simple and largely formulistic. A romance between the gawky hero and the-girl-next-door (Anya Anand) is teased into the tale. The real hero of the film, besides the small-town ambience, is Raghuvir. He is in his elements, even pitching in with a folk song somewhere down the line while the youngsters at the helm serve their purpose.
The Times Of India | Madhureeta Mukherjee
Debutant Raj Tandon doesn't have the muscle or meat to essay this role of a disenchanted boy trapped in an aimless ambition. With expressions like caricatured 'emoticons', he's awkward in most parts. Debutante Anya Anand has a certain sweetness about her, but seems fairly unrehearsed for this role.
The strongest actor in this drama, Raghubir Yadav, plays the ageing Daadu with fatigued lines and old antics of an emotionally high-strung, hunchbacked grandpa.
For a movie that's supposed to be inspirational, director (Gitanjali Sinha) gives us blah lines, lackluster story-telling - which is emotional at times, with an exhaustingly slow pace - weakening the script further. We get the idea of a kite being a metaphor for life and all that philosophy, but this simple story is so grounded, it doesn't take off into the khula aasmaan at all.