A movie about pair of shoes can’t get viewers, no matter even if it is based on popular children’s book.
Bumm Bumm Bole shares two stories with us. The first is about a troubled family which is struggling to make a daily living and the second is the quest for shoes, both stories are running simultaneously. Khogiram (Atul Kulkarni), his wife (Rituparna Sengupta) and their kids Pinu (Darsheel) and Rimzim (Ziya) are living a shackled life in poverty everyday, trying to meet ends somehow. Problems begins when Khogiram is removed from his job after a quarrel with the owner. Later we see the owner is killed by some unknown assailants but Khogiram gets police attention because of the recent scuffle. As a result he is out of job and no one is ready to employ him because people think he has some terrorists links.
In the second story Pinu misplaces his sister only pair of shoes. But they work out a scheme without telling their parents. Since Pinu school begins in the afternoon both the kids share same shoes. Rimzim wears them in the morning and she comes early from school running everyday to give the shoes back to Pinu. An opportunity arrives for Pinu in a form of marathon where one of the winning prize is shoes.
Now the story is very simple and ordinary and does not looks good when explained on paper. The first half of the film is well told but holding on to your attention is tough in the second half. The film moves at snails pace which is expected since this is based on a book. But not every good book can turn into a good movie.
There is only one story which is working that is about Pinu and the shoes. There is some wonderful chemistry between Darsheel and Zia, especially the scene where their parents are fighting and during this they pleasantly communicate with each other through writing messages on paper. Another plus is the animated title song where animation is top notch and very entertaining.
The sad part is that maximum time and importance is given to the other story which offers no entertainment value. The director Priyadarshan wants to amuse us with a honestly written script but leaves us bored where more attention is paid to least interesting aspect of the film.
One thing is hard to miss which the shameless promotion of Adidas brand you will see throughout the whole movie. Proper closeups, a song, banners, even all the kids at the race wear Adidas sports gear only.
Till the time we reach the climax, you will fell exhausted and in no mood to watch the final marathon race. Had there been some clever editing, kids would have loved this realistic fairytale.
Darsheel Safary is still sweet although he looks a lot older since his last film Taare Zameen Par. There is honesty and warmth both in his actions and speaking.
Atul Kulkarni plays a strict angry father but also cares for his family. He is good no doubts but takes more screen space then required.
Rituparna Sengupta is apt and does her scenes well.
Ziyah Vastani is adorable and every word coming from her mouth is just sweet pouring out of the mill. She outdoes Darsheel with her charming performance.
The film will test your patience but to no good results. Honest script where only a single story is worth watching but that happens in-between. You might enjoy this on a lazy Sunday afternoon on a DVD of course, but not recommended for theater viewing.
Source by Vikram Gill