Business rating: 0.5/5 star
Cast: Sachin Khedekar, Tanvi Azmi, Sohail Lakhani, Delzad Sanjay Hirale, Apoorva Arora.
What’s Good: A couple of emotional scenes; acting of Sachin and Tanvi.
What’s Bad: Lack of light scenes; lack of emotions.
Verdict: Bubble Gum is well-meaning but that’s not enough for a film to make a mark at the box-office.
Loo break: Not really.
Watch or not?: Watch it for its sensitive tale.
Koncept Infotenment Pvt. Ltd.’s Bubble Gum is the story of a family of four. Mukund Rawat (Sachin Khedekar) and Sudha (Tanvi Azmi) have two children, Vidur (Sohail Lakhani) and Vedant (Delzad Sanjay Hirale). Vidur, the older of the two children, is hearing- and speech-impaired and, therefore, studies in a special school which keeps him away from the city in which his family lives. He comes visiting the family and the parents are overjoyed. They even get him a hearing aid. Vedant isn’t too happy with the attention showered by the parents on Vidur. On the personal front, he is also going through a crisis as Jenny (Apoorva Arora), the girl he is trying to woo, is acting a bit difficult and is also being wooed by his friend, Ratan (Suraj Kumar). Vedant is also embarrassed about moving about, among friends, with Vidur because of the latter’s handicaps. Vedant’s frustrations manifest themselves in different ways and while his father is, at first, angry and agitated with his behavior, the mother makes him (Mukund) understand Vedant better. In the brief stay of Vidur with the family, the parents also realise that, in reality, Vedant is their problem child, not Vidur.
What happens next? Is Vedant able to woo Jenny? Is he able to accept Vidur for what and how he is? Does Vidur understand Vedant’s frustrations?
Bubble Gum Review – Script Analysis
Sanjivan Lal’s story is well-meaning and has its poignant moments. However, his screenplay, although logical and also heart-rending at a couple of places, does not have that one element – entertainment value – in abundance. So although the audience gets involved in the drama, it doesn’t get entertained enough. Some light moments do bring a smile on the viewer’s face but such moments are few and far between. Other than this, the emotions touch the heart only at a couple of places but they don’t evoke tears and, therefore, the drama mostly leaves the audience unaffected. This, in spite of sterling performances by the parents, especially. Dialogues (by Sanjivan Lal and Rohit Gahlowt) are good.
Bubble Gum Review – Star Performances
Sachin Khedekar does an excellent job as the understanding father who sometimes loses his temper. Tanvi Azmi is absolutely wonderful as the sensitive mother. Her body language and facial expressions are used to perfect advantage by her. Delzad Sanjay Hirale is effective as Vedant and shows promise. Apoorva Arora gets limited scope and is alright. Sohail Lakhani, who is hearing- and speech-impaired in real life, plays Vidur with aplomb. Suraj Kumar is alright as Ratan. Harshvardhan Poddar (as Partho), Nischal Srivastava (in the role of Ravi), Azeen Khan (as Vineeta) and Sheetal Dubey (as Mala) lend the desired support. Ganesh Yadav, Sita Singh and Ravi Khanvilkar are effective. The others – Virendra Saxena, Masud Akhtar, Kamini Khanna and Mukesh Bhatt – provide the necessary support.
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