Cast:Mithun Chakraborty, Ayushmann Khurrana, Pallavi Sharda, Naman Jain, Jayant Kriplani, Natasha Sinha
Director: Vibhu Virender Puri
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to fly? Then see
Hawaizaada, a film that soars into the
skies with its overweening ambitions and miraculously manages to
stay airborne as it chronicles the life a man who wanted to
Debutant director Vibhu Puri's very accomplished film, a tribute
to the scientist who apparently manned the first aircraft that
civilizations has ever flown, is a stunning feast of visual
splendour, compounded with a script that's tightly and judiciously
written to accentuate the audacity and eccentricity of people who
can float in the future.
Straightaway it can be said with great pride that Vibhu Puri's
debut is a homage to the art and visual aesthetics of Sanjay Leela
Every frame is reminiscent of several Bhansali creations,
notably Devdasand Saawariya, the former for
the theme of unfulfilled love (with Khurana's capricious love
interest Pallavi Sharda forming a fusion of Paro and Chandramukhi's
two-layered character from Devdas) and the latter for the rich bold
use of flamboyant colors to highlight the heightened opera-styled
Hawaizaadaattempts an almost-impossible marriage
of a visual splendour with emotional surrender. The characters, be
it the whimsical aimless Shivkar Talpade or his kooky mentor
Shastry, or the Britishers who scowl at any attempt by Shastry and
Talpade to create inventional history....these are people who don't
believe in holding back emotions. When they feel show.
The year is 1895. The possibilities of recreating that era in
present times seems far-fetched and unlikely. Thanks to Puri's art
directors (Subrata Chakraborty, Amit Ray), music composers (Vishal
Bhardwaj pitches in with a zestful lavni filmed on the gorgeous
Sharda) and most specially his incredibly gifted camera-person
Savita Singh (who happens to be Puri's wife), the director has
constructed a world as unthinkable on paper as the theory of flying
a plane must have seemed to Talpade's contemporaries.
Thank God for the dreamers, back then and now.
Hawaizaada is a film with tempestuous ambitions.
Co-writers Vibhu Puri and Saurabh R Bhave use Talpade's dream of
flying as a metaphor for anyone from any era who has dreamt of
breaking free. The pronounced but Amuted metaphor is extended into
Talpade's extend family of repressed character, again very
Devdas-like in its operatic structure. There is the growling
father(Jayant Kripalani), tightlipped mother (Natasha Sinha),
smirking brother (Mehul Kajaria), dominated bhabhi (Priyanka
Sethia)....They all long to ,well, fly .
Encircling this wide arc of wannabe fliers who are piloted into
the epic plot by Talpade's navigational dreams, couldn't be an easy
task. Vibhu Puri manages the seemingly impossible maneuvering
skilfully joyously and playfully through lives in an era when
oppression was a pre-condition.
Soaring on a dream, Hawaizaada transports us into an
enchanting world of a dream-reality where anything can happen.
Birds can sing, humanbeing can fly....whatever! Fuelling the
impossible dream is the central performance by Ayushmann Khurrana.
He breathes animated life into Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, the
audacious 19th century scientist who dared to fly. Khurrana plays
Talpade as a trippy dreamer, a Devdas drunk on his dreams.
Mithun Chakraborty as Talpade's mentor is goofy eccentric and
endearing. This is the actor's most effective performance in years.
As for Pallavi Sharda, though admittedly that well-toned
gym-produced physique doesn't jell with the film's periodicity, she
is a revelation doing an amalgamation of Paro and Chandramukhi from
Devdas. Besharam is forgotten and forgiven.
Going back in time is never an easy task in cinema. Many have
failed to court periodicity convincingly.
Hawaizaadagets away with its flight into the mind of
the man who dared to fly. This miniature masterpiece leaves us
exhilarated and exultant. Thank God for the dreamers, past and
Thank you, Shivkar Bapuji Talpade. Thank you, Vibhu Puri.