Girmit, with the voices of Yash and Radhika Pandit, is on SUN NXT: A rewind of this entertaining “mass” movie by Ravi Basrur, with a cast of kids

Posted on May 14, 2020


The film is serious — but because the actors are all children, there’s also the sense of the film winking at us. It’s the Flipkart advertisement ethos, expanded to feature length.

Spoilers ahead…

Most “mass” movies are so slave to formula that the question while making one isn’t “what do I make?” as much as “How do I make the same thing look at least a bit different?” How do I make the slo-mo hero-introduction shot look different? How do I make the hero-heroine meet-cute look different? How do I make the duet look different? How do I make the villain and the conflict he brings with him look different? It’s a very real problem. The audience wants the formula, so you can’t entirely rehaul the must-haves. But they also want you to rehaul the must-haves to a degree, so that they don’t feel they are watching the same old… formula. You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

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