HAWAA HAWAAI(2014)

Directed by:      Amole Gupte

Starring:            Partho Gupte, Saqib Saleem, Makarand Deshpande, Neha Joshi, Anuj Sachdeva

Music by:          Hitesh Sonik, Amole Gupte

Running time:    120 minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 12+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 4.0/5.0

Content

Essentially a children’s film, targeted towards kids in their lower teens and above. The film is about a poor Indian boy, aged between 12-14 years, who develops a passion for roller skating and how his coach helps him in pursuing his dream. The film delivers a positive message of not giving up on your dreams and to help your friends and parents despite the hard times that may have fallen upon them. 

Violence/Disturbing Sequences
There is no violence in the film per se. However, the film has certain scenes that may disturb young kids. In one sequence, an adult character falls dead due to a heart attack in front of his family. In another sequence, a child witnesses his father’s dead body getting readied for cremation. There is a prolonged montage of underprivileged poor kids working on the streets of Mumbai, while the privileged ones enjoy a life of comfort. A child has to be hospitalized due to malnutrition and excessive exhaustion. 

Sexuality 

There is no sexuality or nudity, staying in line with the overall theme of the film. 

Language 

No curse words are used.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One adult is shown as having caused an accident due to drinking and driving. Nothing is shown on screen and the character is later depicted as having realized his mistake by offering his apologies to the persons who were harmed due to his behavior.

Adults are depicted as indulging in casual smoking as a child serves them tea on a tea stall. Nothing objectionable or disturbing is shown.

Attitude/Behavior

One character, who initially thinks about achieving his own personal goals, realizes his mistake and changes his approach, keeping the feelings and needs of others in mind. Kids use the death of a parent as an excuse to request time off from their employer.

All characters are otherwise essentially shown to be good at heart, having the welfare and well-being of each other in mind. Children help their friend in time of need and enlist the support of adults. They are also shown to be respectful and helpful towards their parents as well as elders.

Children’s attitude towards life is shown to be positive, despite the hard conditions in which they have to survive. There are strong tones of friendship as well as love and care for siblings in the film.

Finally, the overall theme of not giving up on one’s dreams is prevalent throughout the film. The lead characters are shown to be determined individuals and parents watching the film with their children can highlight these aspects of the film, as part of any post-watching discussions they may have.

Bechdel Test 2/3

This is essentially a children’s film. The movie has three key female characters, but only two of them share any significant scenes with each other. The conversations between the female characters are minimal but they do revolve around how to make ends meet and not about men.

Bottom line

Overall, the target film audience is 12+ year-olds who have an understanding of the hardships faced by poor street kids in India and some mature content dealing with loss of a parent, death, disease and poverty. The sections of the film dealing with roller skating training can be motivational and inspire kids to play their favorite sport with renewed vigor.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/hawaa-hawaai/

 

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