Review: Halkaa



Genre: Family, Drama
Duration: 120 Minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 07-SEP-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5

Halkaa is a story of an eight-year-old boy Pichku who lives in the oldest slums of Delhi and aspires for a better life. It is a story of a child who against all odds strives to achieve his goal and becomes a hero in the making for his parents, slum, and society. This is the maiden production of Shiv Nadar Foundation in association with Akshay Kumar Parija and Nila Madhab Panda and Supratik Roy is the associate producer.

Overall Review:
Halkaa is a unique light-hearted film directed by critically-acclaimed Director Nila Madhab Panda (of Kadvi Hawa / I am Kalam). Film stars child actor Tathastu as Pichku, and Ranvir Shorey and Paoli Dam essay the role of his parents. Halkaa is about aspiration and dreams of an eight-year-old boy Pichku living in a slum in Delhi. He fights for the basic problem that he faces every day; defecating in the open amongst others. It is his dream to make a toilet of his own where he can enjoy his privacy and do the deed in peace. Film is a unique take on a slum child’s heroism, aspirations and dreams. Tathastu gives a great performance as Pichku, highlighting his character’s resolve against all odds, while Ranvir Shorey is quite convincing in the role of the strict father. The film is a musical treat with sounds by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Nitin Dixit has done an incredible job with dialogues. My favourite one: A salesman at a bathroom accessories store describes the commode as,”When you sit on this, you will begin a new day and you can also flush off your past.”. All in all, Halkaa is an impressive film, which manages to hide meaningfulness and social drama under layers of colors, comedy, music and dancing, in a package that succeeds on all aspects.

PDF Verdict:
Halkaa is a new treat in children cinema space in India. Cheers to the Director for undertaking a difficult subject and presenting it in an original and light way, All in all, it is a social message film that highlights the importance of a clean toilet and traces the journey of a kid who dreams of not just a toilet, but a clean one. Worth a watch !!

Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5

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