Director Hemant Gaba’s directorial debut touches a chord without resorting to any filmi gimmickry
Shuttlecock Boys is as much about badminton as the Amitabh Bachchan-Tabu starrer Cheeni Kum was about cooking. Director Hemant Gaba’s debut feature takes a ‘real’ look at the bonding that men share. Devoid of any gimmicks, this film about four friends is as real as real gets. The genre of ‘coming of age’ films has been redefined with a dose of ‘slice of life’. Starring newbies Aakar Kaushik, Manish Nawani, Alok Kumar and Vijay Prateek, Shuttlecock Boys is about chasing dreams that don’t let you sleep.
On the surface, Shuttlecock Boys is about guys who are stuck in the wrong jobs and trying to attain their higher calling, but there is more to it than just that. The director has chosen to tell his story in a way that will help many people find characters that they relate to. It could be that of a practical girlfriend, or that of a father who is angry about his son’s unusual career choice. Badminton is just a common thread connecting the lives of the protagonists.
The director has refrained from diluting his story by adding a forced romantic angle, and staying true to his central theme of four friends redeeming their existence by going that extra mile. Without revealing much, it would be enough to say that this film deals with the identity crisis faced by strong individuals who dare to dream.
Shuttlecock Boys might not be as glossy as Dil Chahta Hai or Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, but it is an honest film dealing with boy bonding. And as you watch, you find yourself rooting for the protagonists to come up trumps! Released by the Directors Rare wing of PVR, this one is a treat to watch, especially if you have an affinity to North India and its colloquial lingo. The film stays true to its middle-class soul. After all, not many of us can fly to exotic locations to come to terms with our inner demons. Most of the time we deal with them within the confines of our living and working spaces. Sometimes we win; othertimes, we just dream on…
* Poor – Avoid!
** Average – Give it a shot if you are desperate!
*** Good – One time watch!
**** Very good – Must watch!
***** Excellent – Don’t miss!
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