The Blue Umbrella

It is seldom that a Hindi film meant for children catches your attention. The Blue Umbrella grabs your attention and rightly so. The film is based on a novella written by Ruskin Bond. Set in a small village in Himachal Pradesh, the story is about a girl possessing a bright blue umbrella which no one in the village has seen before. The girl, played by Shreya Sharma, is exultant because of her prized possession and does not
waste any chance to flaunt it. Nandakishore, owner of a small shop in the village, has his eyes set on the umbrella and wants to get it at any cost. Does he get it or not? Watch the movie.

Vishal Bharadwaj showcases Himachal Pradesh in all its glory. The picturesque mountains, the snow fall, the snow capped houses – the story couldn’t have asked for a better place. The simplicity of life, the innocence of the people, the clean and pure way the villagers lead their lives – these are the best parts of the movie. Music, by Vishal Bharadwaj, adds spice to the movie. Gulzar’s lyrics is as original as ever. The first half is fast and tight, while the second half drags a bit.

Shreya Sharma does justice to her role, but it is Pankaj Kapur who walks away with the cake. His acting is effortless and brilliant. The movie is entertaining and refreshing. Go watch it.

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