By Subhash K Jha
Starring Raghuvir Yadav, Raj Tandon, Anya Anand, Yashpal Sharma, Manjusha Godse
Directed by Gitanjali Sinha
It was that great poet-thinker Harindranath Chattopadhyay who said, ‘It’ s very simple to be difficult but very difficult to be simple. ’ By that logic debutant director Gitanjali Sinha has pulled off a reasonably admirable feat in this simple staright-from-the-heart film about the relationship between a neglected boy Avinash (Raj Tandon) and his lonely grandfather.
The film vaguely echoes L V Prasad’s 1970s’ tearjerker Bidaai though not in any overt way.
That the grandfather who embraces the boy’s loneliness and insecurities is played by Raghuvir Yadav is a happy coincidence, and one that fills up the rather austere spaces in the film’s narrative. The small-town ambience in Bihar, the old sprawling houses with acres of greenery stretching out from here to eternity, furnish the film with a burnished exterior.
As for the interiors, don’t look too deep. Director Gitanjali Sinha seems content skimming the surface of the emotions gliding along gently as the boy finds a new beginning in his grandfather’s company.
Dramatic conflicts are created through some villainous elements creeping in with embarrassing inopportunity into the placid ambience. The build-up towards a kite-flying contest is negotiated with disarming naivete.
Yeh Khula Aasmaan is an old-fashioned simple and transparent tale told with a straightforwardness that challenges current filmmaking trends of irrelevant complexities.
The narration is kept simple and largely formulistic. A romance between the gawky hero and the girl nextdoor (Anya Anand) is teased into the tale. The real hero of the film, besides the small-town ambience, is Raghuvir Yadav.
He is in his element, even pitching in with a folk song somewhere down the line. While the youngsters at the helm serve their purpose Yashpal Sharma as Avinash’s sophisticated tycoon- father is completely miscast.