Star cast: Atul Kulkarni, Rituparna Sengupta, Darsheel Safary, Ziyah Vastani.

Plot: Atul lives with his wife, Rituparna, and two kids, Darsheel and Ziyah, in a terrorist-dominated region. The family is poor and, to make matters worse, Atul and his wife lose their jobs. Meanwhile, Darsheel loses his siter’s pair of shoes. How the parents tackle their problems of survival and how the children deal with their own problem of the lost shoes is what the film is all about.

What’s Good: The acting of all the four lead players, the realistic feel of the film.

What’s Bad: The TV-serial-like story, the depressing incidents, the music.

Verdict: Bumm Bumm Bole is a well-made and sensitive film but not the kind which will score at the box-office. Its low cost is a plus point.

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Loo break: A couple of lengthy scenes in the second half.

Percept Picture Company and Sanjay Godhawat Group’s Bumm Bumm Bole (Watch trailer) is the story of Khogiram Gwala (Atul Kulkarni), his wife, Kalyani (Rituparna Sengupta), and their two school-going children, Pinu (Darsheel Safary) and Rimjhim (Ziyah Vastani). Khogiram and Kalyani, living in a terrorist-dominated region, can barely make ends meet. To make matters worse, they lose their jobs.

Khogiram sends his kids to good schools as he wants them to study hard and become rich and respectable individuals. However, his poverty affects his kids too, as they can’t match the standard of living of their friends in school. One day, Pinu loses sister Rimjhim’s shoes. Scared of winning the wrath of his father and saddened by the fact that his father would not be able to afford a new pair of shoes for Rimjhim, Pinu shares his own shoes with her, even if that means reaching late to his school which begins after Rimjhim’s closes.

Even as life’s problems engulf Khogiram and he tries to battle them, Pinu and Rimjhim are seized of their own little shoe problem. Finally, Pinu learns of a marathon to be held, in which the third prize is a pair of Adidas shoes. Is he able to take part in the race? Does he win the pair of shoes? Is Khogiram able to improve his social status? Answers to these questions are provided as the drama progresses.

Manisha Korde’s story has its heart in the right place and her screenplay does justice to it. But what emerges is a repetitive drama that moves on two tracks – one, highlighting the travails of Khogiram, and the other, dealing with the problem of the kids. Although the scenes are very realistic and, at times, emotional too, the film looks more like a television serial. It is cute in its own way as it delves into the psyche of two little kids but, at the same time, it is also depressing because it shows very little other than poverty and hardships. Little kids running a marathon of several kilometres looks unbelievable. Manisha Korde’s dialogues are very real.

Atul Kulkarni (Read article) lives his role. He is extraordinarily natural and delivers a first-rate performance. Rituparna Sengupta also comes up with a performance that is excellent. Darsheel Safary is mind-blowing. He expresses all the emotions with such a rare understanding that it is difficult to believe he is still only a child actor. Ziyah Vastani is very cute and acts with admirable ease. Kaveri (as Atul Kulkarni’s sister, Bani) is effective. Omar also does well in the role of Bishnu.

Priyadarshan’s direction is praise- worthy. He has treated the subject with the sensitiveness it deserved. Music (Azaan Sami, Tapas Relia and M.G. Sreekumar) is okay. The film could’ve done with better songs. Background music (M.G. Sreekumar) is very appropriate to the drama. Sets (Sabu Cyril) are nice.

Bumm Bumm Bole is a fine film which deserves to be tax-exempted. No doubt, it would have worked better as a TV serial but considering that it is a low-budget film, it will not entail losses to its producers even if it doesn’t fetch them profits.

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