Review of “Haami” – A trip to the innocent world of the kids.
Director – Shiboprasad Mukherjee & Nandita Roy
Cast – Shiboprasad Mukherjee, Gargee Roychowdhury, Churni Ganguly, Aparajita Adhya, Sujan Mukherjee, Kharaj Mukherjee, Koneenica Banerjee, Broto Banerjee, Tiyasha Paul, Adhiraj Karan
Overall Rating – 4/5
Director duo Shiboprasad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy are experts to know the pulse of their audience. They choose a subject with which everyone can relate and feel connected with the emotions. Their latest offering is Haami is not an exception. Haami means a gentle kiss or peck mostly given to kids. Just like the title, the film is too sweet and cute mostly because the films revolves around some really adorable kids.
The director duo have already told about issues related to kids in their earlier movies like Raamdhanu and Posto but this time they are telling some other issue that is very much relevant in today’s time. The film mainly focus on how to bring up kids during a tender age and how to make them safe and secure. In recent past many unfortunate incidents have happened with little kids in school campus. So who are actually responsible for that. Are the school is the only authority to blame or the parents also have responsibility to take care of their kids? It also emphasizes on the fact that kids are very simple and they have their own simplistic way of thinking only the adults make the issues much more complex. It is the adults who normally sensationalizes issues which may actually harm the kids indirectly. It tells about how to understand a kid and teach them on their own way so that they can understand. The best way to teach a kid anything good is to adopt the same good quality in own self because a kid learns anything watching the people around them.
The film mainly focuses on two kids Bhutu (Broto Banerjee) and Chini (Tiyasha Paul). They both belong to totally different family background. Bhutu is the son of Laltu Bishwas (Shiboprasad Mukherjee), an owner of a furniture showroom and Mitali Bishwas (Gargee Roychowdhury). Laltu and Mitali belongs to middle class family. Their life habits includes grabbing attention in social media, watching Bollywood movies of Salman Khan or watching daily soaps on TV. So their kid Bhutu has also adopted those qualities. He loves to be called Bhaijaan like Salman Khan. On the other hand Chini belongs to much sophisticated family. Her parents Srinjoy Sen (Sujan Mukherji) and Rina Sen (Churni Ganguly) has recently shifted to Kolkata from Delhi. Srinjoy is a professor in a college and also doing some research work. Rina was also associated with teaching earlier. They belong to elite class of society who like to talk in English mostly or celebrate their happiness with a bottle of champagne. Bhutu’s parents are even okay with their 7 year old kid carrying a mobile phone to school. On the other hand Chini’s parents wants school authorities to do psychometric test of the staffs to check if anyone has any criminal tendencies, just to make sure the safety of their daughter in school. But all these differences are between adults, kids never see class or background before making friendship. So Bhutu and Chini becomes best friends who share each other’s tiffin as well as friendly feelings. But everything goes wrong when Bhutu gives a Haami to Chini on friendship day. Parents make it a bigger issue which results to separation of the kids as they are moved to different sections. How the issue will be resolved that you have to watch in theaters. It will also teach you how to resolve the issues between kids. To resolve their problems one have to think with their point of view not as a complex minded adult.
The script written by Nandita Roy grabs attention. It has a wonderful mix of humor with emotion. It has hilarious scenes specially in the first half at the same time it has some moments which will make you teary eyed. It is true Shiboprasad-Nandita duo never makes the emotions go subtle, it is always little over the top in their movies and the same can be said for Haami as well. But that is okay as long as it is entertaining. There are moments when the melodrama is too manipulative to make you emotional specially the song dedicated to school staff Chachajaan (Masood Akhtar) . This song could have been avoided or handled in a lesser melodramatic way. The movie also tries to touch the issue of child abuse in school campus but only as a subplot. It could have been given more attention. Still the writers should get credit for at least touching such a sensitive issue in a mainstream movie. Just like the recent few movies of the director duo , this film also shows the contrast between modern mindset of society with the conservative age old beliefs. Like always it is more partial to the conservative thinking but at the same time it has given importance to modern thinking also and accepted its relevance as the society has changed now. It has given importance to providing CCTV surveillance for kids and making them aware of good touch and bad touch. At the the same time it also talks about the age old conservative concept of a kid’s safety that is trust. Trust should be their between parents and school staffs. Parents should trust on school authorities, that their kids are safe in their hands and the school staffs should respect that trust and should treat the kids well.
As a director Shiboprasad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy have always done good work. But this time they deserve more credit because handling so many young kids and make them act superbly is not an easy task to do. But they have done this tough job effortlessly.
The director duo has been ably supported by the talented actors. The whole ensemble cast is in good form. Special mention should be given for the people who have selected the kids as the kids have performed really well. In most of the Bengali movies we see child actors are cute but not so good as performers but in Haami, the three lead kids have done superb job. Broto Banerjee is excellent as the most notorious yet lovable kid Bhutu. Tiyasha Paul as Chini looks sweet and her emotions are too good even in the emotional scenes. One can really feel sympathetic to her watching her sad on screen. Adhiraj Karan has much lesser to do compared to other two kids, but he has two funny scenes as the spy and he has enacted those comic scene wonderfully. Among the elders Shiboprasad Mukherjee is in terrific form. After Ramdhanu once again he has recreated the character of Laltu brilliantly. Once again he has a monologue that is hilarious. Gargee Roychowdhury has acted well. Her character Mitali is much more aggressive and louder this time compared to Ramdhanu. She has pulled it off superbly. Kharaj Mukherjee and Koneenica Banerjee has added good humor with their comic timing. Churni Ganguly and Sujan Mukherjee have given good support in their limited scope. It is refreshing to see Aparajita Adhya in completely different character as a student councillor, other than a housewife or mother what she normally plays in every other movie. She has done a good job and just like the kids in the school in the film, one might fall in love with her sweetness. Deboleena Dutta is effective in a cameo. Masood Akhtar is too much melodramatic in emotional moments otherwise he is okay.
Composer Anindya Chatterjee with guest composer Arindom has done a good job. The lyrics and composition go well with the central protagonists who are the cute kids. Specially the song “Khola Tiffinbox” is really nice, it will make everyone nostalgic about their own school days. Apart from the songs the background music has been done effectively specially in the comic scenes. Cinematographer Supriyo Dutta has done good job in capturing the natural innocent emotions of the kids.
Haami is definitely a satisfactory watch. It addresses a very important topic that is how to help a kid to grow up in a safe and secure surrounding without harming their innocence. Every young parents should watch it along with their kids. Also others who are not directly connected with kids, still can enjoy the film as all of us have gone through or will go through such phases at some point in our life.