Chillar Party: An entertaining band of kids

July 8, 2011

“Chillar Party” is a fresh attempt at a children’s film, one that entertains thoroughly without getting preachy. That is often where most filmmakers go wrong.

The film is about a bunch of kids who are quite a gang in their own right, and move around like they own the housing society they live in. Each of them is unique in their own way and has a certain quality, rather a trait, earning them their nicknames.

Things change when an orphan is hired by the society to clean cars. The kids see the boy and his canine companion as a threat and scheme to get rid of them. A few interestingly portrayed hiccups later, they end up on the wrong side of a politician and in the eye of a storm.

The movie moves from one stage to another, but does not stray longer than required. In the beginning, the subplots, and there are many, seem slightly inconsequential. But towards the end, all of them fall into place.

“Chillar Party” is a refreshing film that keeps you entertained thoroughly with some surprisingly good acting from all of the kids that constitute the gang, especially Janghiya. They seem to be having fun.

What stands out is a seamless montage of events, that also touches upon some subtle messages, without spelling them out. How parents in today’s world may teach kids how to give up too soon because of it’s-none-of-my-business syndrome or how politics is all about issues and a way to catch the media glare — not a resolution for anything whatsoever. Or how a destitute will never be good enough to be a playmate. There are many such subtle messages strewn all over, along with a generous sprinkling of humour.

I recommend this movie to people of all age groups. It is a far better watch than any of the toilet-and-sexist series, supposedly funny, that the film industry keeps churning out diligently. “Chillar Party” makes you laugh freely.

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