With Children’s Day just around the corner, you're probably wondering how to make the day loads of fun for the kids. How about watching a couple of these great films with them? Since they’ve probably already seen a lot of Chota Bheem and all the latest Hollywood flicks for kids, here are some of the newer Bollywood films, alongside lesser known gems that you might have missed. Take a look, and who knows, you just might find something that you enjoy watching as much as your child does!
A film that tugs at your heartstrings, Amole Gupte’s Stanley ka Dabba, is a great movie, children’s movie or not. It tells the tale of Stanley and his ravenous lunch-box claiming Hindi teacher at school. When this teacher, playfully nicknamed Khadoos by his students, realizes that the other children are sharing their lunches with Stanley instead of with him, he decides to create trouble. The film is choc-a-bloc with interesting characters, such as Khadoos, Miss. Rosie – the English teacher, and Stanley himself, each of whom add a little something to the movie. You’ll laugh at the children’s antics, smile at Stanley’s tall tales, and choke up at the sad realities, revealed towards the end of the film.
The Blue Umbrella is a 2005 film based on a Ruskin Bond novella of the same the name. It is a simple story set in the beautiful environs of the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, that introduces us to Bindya, a young girl who trades her bear claw necklace for a blue Japanese umbrella, and a shopkeeper (Nandu), who covets it. Nandu, who is incidentally the richest man in the village, steals the umbrella from the little girl. A story that gives us a few lessons on generosity, the end of the film sees Bindya giving the umbrella to the very man who stole it from her, and happily traipsing away.
What would you do if you were a young boy whose one dream was to play cricket for your country, you managed to find a really good coach who was willing to train you, and your father said you couldn’t play? You turn to your mother and your sister, who are avid fans of the game, and more than willing accomplices in your little deceit; that’s what you do. At least, that’s what Iqbal (Shreyas Talpade) does in the film. The film follows the boy’s roller coaster ride to the Indian cricket team; with some beautifully scripted characters supporting the tale – from Iqbal’s drunk, once-brilliant cricket coach, to his cricket-fanatic mother, the characters in the film are a delight to watch. While this one isn’t an out and out children’s film, it’s still one the kids are bound to enjoy watching.
An adaptation of the exquisitely poignant Iranian film Children of Heaven, director Priyadarshan’s film Bumm Bumm Bole, is the story of two children - Pinu (played by Darsheel Safary), his sister Rimzim (Ziyah Vastani), and of how they overcome life’s many obstacles. In the film, the children share a pair of shoes between them, wearing them to school alternately, just to be allowed to stay in class. Through the course of the film, the shoes are stolen, and the children are allowed glimpses into the lives of those both more and less fortunate than they are. The movie has a storyline that draws you in with its simplicity, and characters that are impossible to ignore.
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