Film: " Gattu";
Cast: Mohammad Samad, Naresh Kumar;
Director: Rajan Khosa;
with children as the main characters are no longer a rarity. Thank god
for that! It's imperative that our cinema cultivate a culture of
entertainment that children can empathize with without the content
becoming overpowering in its message-mongering motivations.
is a delicately-threaded morality tale about a poor little boy, never
sorry for himself except when play-acting the role of the bereft waif to
get his way, who is taken in by his uncle (Naresh Kumar, brilliantly in
Now here's where the subtle often slyly humorous
film gets tangled. It tells us that contrary to stereotypical
expectations the uncle is no slave-driving villain. He has his good and
bad moments with the kid.
Gattu tells us there are no black and
white zones to bring up underprivileged children. While child labour is
prohibited, it can also be a way of providing sustenance for homeless
kids. While Gattu longs for a school education, he uses the academic
premise to hoodwink the students and teachers to implement his own
While on the surface " Gattu" is a breezy blithe
and effervescent look-see at the pangs and pin-pricks of growing-up at
the grassroots, under the surface it ponders sensibly on the question of
raising a poor child with dignity outside the rarefied precincts of a
All the kids, specially Mohammad Samad in the title role, are delightful in their natural ability to own the camera space.
Rajan Khosa enters the world of innocence with devious intent. He
penetrates the surface of juvenile guilelessness to explore the cunning
that often underlines the machinations of the the very young.
portrays heart-warming moments within and outside the school premise.
While making a fervent pitch for every child to attend school, the
narrative never misses out on a chance for a bit of fun on the fringes.
is an endearing peep into a child's life as he struggles with intuitive
intelligence to bring together the two incompatible worlds of poverty
and the solace of schooling.
Mohammad Samad as the boy who who would fly higher than a kite is a prized find.
Sandesh Shandilya's ebullient songs and music brings its own spot of sunshine in this not-to-be-missed tale about coming of age.
carries forward the recent trend of sensible, intelligent funny and
moving films about child protagonists, namely "Taare Zameen Par", "I Am
Kalam" and "Stanley Ka Dabba". Add one more film to that luminous list
of cinema on little wonders.