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Chillar Party is a film about a gang of innocent; but feisty ‘bachcha log’ who lead a carefree and fun filled life in Chandan Nagar Colony in suburban Mumbai. Soon Fatka (Irfan Khan) and Bhidu (dog) come into their lives and they become ‘inseparable’.
The lives of these kids gets difficult when Bhidu's life is endangered, thanks to a mean politician. The young ones fight the big bad world of politics and show that even they can move mountains.
First time directors Vikas Bahl and Nitesh Tiwari has tried to attempt something really different and the earnestness shows in their effort. It must have been a challenge to extract such vulnerable performances mainly from the child actors; but the duo have managed to do so quite well.
They also have written the script along with Vijay Maurya and must say, the trio have lived up to the challenge of penning such a sensitive subject with ease. Although the film takes a while to grow on you, the second half when the kids go against their parents (mainly the politician) and their revolution/demonstration to save Bhidu takes the graph of the film upwards.
But I would like to add here; that you do get a feeling at times while watching the film; that the kids are behaving more as ‘grown ups’ or adults and not playing their ‘age’.
All the kids share equal screen space, but the performances which stand apart are of Naman Jain (Jhangiya), Irfan Khan (Fatka), Chinmai Chandranshuh (Lucky), Sanath Menon (Encyclopedia) and Rohan Grover (Akram) in that order.
Among the supporting cast, all the actors have done full justice to their roles mainly politician Bhide (thanks to his menacing looks), the RJ (with a girly voice) and the opposing neighbour (Mr.Tandon) who also serves as an aide to the politician.
Music by Amit Trivedi is tuneful to the ears and has an inspirational value. The lyrics are of feel good quality which helps even further. The item number by Ranbir Kapoor ‘Tai Tai Phish’ (comes towards the end credits) is foot tapping is also well choreographed well (Bosco-Ceasar). Editing could have been sharper as the interest level dips in both the halves. Cinematography is functional as the film is mainly shot inside a housing colony. Costumes are Aki Narula look real and basic which works in the film’s favor.
To sum it up, ‘Chillar Party’ is a treat to watch (mainly for kids) as it has two strong messages – child labour and love towards animals. And the best part is; that it says it without being too preachy. It sends signals in the right direction in a subtle way and their lies its strength.
Go join the march. Become a part of the ‘party’ – it only teaches you ‘being human’!