Cast: Darsheel Safary, Ziyah Vastani, Atul Kulkarni, Rituparna Sengupta
Bumm Bumm Bole - A confusing treat.
Let me give you an example. You walk into a restaurant, now the chef is known for dishing out quite a good palette, so you expect this new dish he's come up with will be good. You scoop a mouthful, you're apparently not satisfied but take another bite anyway knowing there will be something good in store. The whole plate gets cleaned up with your wish for getting a hold of the dish's taste still unsatisfied. You end up wondering whether your food was crispy or slimy, or sour or bittersweet…and so on. But you've no idea what the taste of the food can be described as. How would you react to the chef? I leave up to you guys…
Bumm Bumm Bole is touted as the Indian Adaptation of the Iranian Film Children of Heaven. Most of the frames are an exact match with just a few additions thrown in to give a more Indian feel to it.
Darsheel Safary and Ziyah Vastani play the adorable siblings. We follow their journey over a pair of lost sandals. Their acting seems to the purest and most natural part of the film. The rest of the film is filled with contradictions. The movie is supposedly set in Assam, but there's a shot where an institution's board reads out its name in English and Tamil. Now, why would Tamil be the second language in Assam?! Also, Atul Kulkarni who plays the father of the two children speaks with a pinch of Maharashtrian accent. Again, steals the accuracy out of the film.
The movie is predominantly aimed towards children but terrorism and shoot-outs have been included. These scenes are pretty scary for the little ones.
The actors seem stiff and the dialogues too are not contemporary. Especially when it comes to a short speech given by Atul Kulkarni in the police station of how poor people shouldn't be made scapegoats.
The film's color scheme is majorly green which gives it a sort of humbleness. The background score is awesome and the only song in the film is full of fun. The animated video actually takes you out of the world.
However, the majorly biting thing about this film is the over the top coverage of Adidas. The whole film seems to be riding over it. The honesty and genuineness is best seen on the face of Ziyah and Darsheel. The rest of the film has been commercially manipulated.
One last question, why did we have to remake a beautiful Academy Award nominated film into this mediocre botched up piece of work?
The only good thing that's come out of the film is the introduction of tiny star Ziyah Vastani who oozes cuteness is every scene and makes you want to cuddle up to her. Seriously, that face is the only thing that forces you to watch the movie till its end.
Reporter and Author: Susan Jose