Review: Hawaa Hawaai


Hawaa Hawaa is a story of the triumph of the human spirit; friendship and enjoying the journey of making one’s dream come true.

Arjun (Partho Gupte) moves to the big city along with his mother and little sister after his heartbreaking loss of his father and home. He drops out of school and begins to work with a tea seller. Out there he discovers a hidden world of in-line skating through coach Lucky, who mentors kids to become skating champions. While Arjun starts nursing the dream to learn skating under Lucky (Saqib Saleem), his four street friends get together to make this dream come true for him.

Director Amole Gupte brings both the genres of sports and children’s films together in one moving, touching and an emotional tale of a boy’s dream. After ‘Stanley Ke Dabba’, Amole perfectly pitches his son Partho again. Partho is impeccable as the little Arjun, cleverly capturing his many insecurities and vulnerabilities. Watching him shyly grin at his friend’s silliness, or worship his dad, or play with his little brother is endearing, and handled with immense maturity and talent. The child actors who play the role of Arjun’s friends are all unbelievably and deserve the highest praise.

Saqib Salim churns out an extraordinary performance as an inspired teacher, who loves his students and skating more than anything else in the world. He is truly a star in the making!

The cinematographers have captured the fluid speed of skating. Intelligent sound design adds to the sport’s character, evoking both a sense of danger and uplift—the collective thumps and whacks consistently adding to the mood, especially in the skating arena at night. The screenplay is nearly flawless and runs smoothly throughout the end. Editing too has done wonders, which makes the motion a treat to watch. The unfolding backdrop of the characters keeps the viewers glued to their seats along with amazing penning of some heart touching dialogues which are simple and casual yet say a lot through it.

Hawaa Hawaai is an extraordinary saga of ordinary lives, the kind we often pass by at traffic signals. Gupte penetrates the heart, mind, soul and dreams of those unsung lives. This is the most moving film on street kids since Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay. This is a not-to-be-missed life-changing experience.