95 Min | Comedy – Drama | May 2013
IMDB Rating: 5.5
Director: Sonam Nair
Starring: Divya Dutta, Arbaz Kadwani, Taaha Shah
Gippi Review: Honestly Gippi is a Girls movie all the way, which is “by the Girls, about the Girls & for the Girls”. So, all the women & girls out there are sure going to have a great time watching it together. Further it also takes you on to an emotional tour exploring the mother-daughter relationship in a splendid way, which indeed has been portrayed with great guts, conviction and respect, all together. The loving relationship gets a new meaning through a worth praising performance by Divya Dutta, playing the single mother taking good care of her growing kids and the film becomes a must watch just for her.
The merits of Gippi also include its catchy soundtrack (by Vishal- Shekhar) which has some youthful dance numbers such as “Baby Doll”, “Pehn Di Takki” & “We are Like This Only” along with a melodious, well written track “Mann Baavra”. Background Music keeps the tempo going and so does its cinematography capturing the hilly locations & school sequences competently. In the performance section, Riya as Gurpreet Kaur or Gippy plays her part quite impressively & effortlessly. Though at times she seems to be too casual in her approach but that in turn becomes a part of her on screen character as the film progresses. Arbaz and Doorva Tripathi as her best friends are truly natural and a delight to watch. Jayati Modi delivers what was required from her as the teasing girl. Mrinal Chawla and Aditya Deshpande are just fine but Taaha Shah acts well. In the grown-ups, as said earlier Divya Dutt gives one of her career best performances and Pankaj Dheer is good but Raqesh Vashisht hasn’t got much to do in it.
As a film, Gippi made me feel good and it made me feel hopeful too about the future of Hindi Cinema, since we do have thoughtful minds here who can think out of the box with the changing times. The film has been made straight from the heart, has got a sweet warmth in it and a vision too pointing towards the way kids need to be treated equally. However it also made me think that probably Bollywood is really finding it hard to make anything without the reference of Punjab or Punjabi characters in it from the last few years. In all Gippi is a like a fresh breeze in the mess of all stereo-typed films. It breaks the traditional shell of our society convincingly and after a long long time, Hindi Cinema gives us a worth watching film on school life, girls and adolescence.
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