Bum Bum Bole Movie Review

A short review for primarily two reasons. One, not many are keen on watching this Priyadarshan directed film starring India’s first and arguably only child superstar Darsheel Safary and two, the trailers weren’t too promising and neither is the film.

Bum Bum Bole is about Pinu (Darsheel Safary) and his family. His father Khogiran (Atul Kulkarni) and mother (Rituparna Sengupta) have lost their jobs.  And although the family suffers from poverty, its Khogiram’s dream to see his kids well educated. He can’t afford school fees or uniform, yet he somehow manages to send them to good schools. 

One day while playing around in the village Pinu looses his sister Rimzim’s (Ziya Vastani) shoes. The family can’t afford a new pair and she cannot go to school without wearing shoes. It all comes down to the battle in a Interschool race where the prize is a pair of shoes. Can Pinu win the shoes for his sister?

What works for the film.

  • Not much really. The performances are good, Darsheel shines in a few scenes. The rest of the cast does a decent job too.
  • The story is simple and had much potential. But its the execution and length that go against the film big time. More on this in the negatives (below).
  • The photography is excellent. The music is okay.

Negatives

  • Ideally Bum Bum Bole should have been under 90 minutes. The film is over-stretched and the post-interval portions bore.
  • Darsheel’s look completely lacks consistency. He looks very young in certain scenes, almost straight out of Taare Zameen Par and in others he has this grown up teenager look. Also, how can a family suffering from poverty afford Dental braces??
  • The execution of the script adapted from the Iranian film ‘Children of Heaven’ is ordinary. Certainly a lot more was expected from a director as talented as Priyadarshan.

Overall, don’t bother watching Bum Bum Bole in theatre. Still keen on watching it for Darsheel? Wait for the DVD.

 

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