Monday, April 7, 2014

Movie review: Yellow (Marathi)

Storyline: Read the bold parts of the story below, for the storyline.

Poster: Amazingly done, portraying Gauri (the special kid) as a 'princess'. She is floating on water which is her passion.


Story of YELLOW:

Gauri has Down Syndrome. She is not like the other kids. She is slow in learning and responding.

There is a voice from Gauri's mind, she does not talk; but relates. When her mom asks what's black and huge, she relates it with a fat man, while asked what keeps jumping around in the forest, she relates it to the kids jumping, during recess. 

Mugdha is her mom who never loses hope and Mugdha's brother (Gauri's mama) encourages and backs Gauri every single time something comes up. 

Mugdha is a beautiful mom, she loves Gauri just like every mother would love her child. She is not ready to give up on her, she leaves her husband for Gauri. She wants her child to be independent when she grows up, she is intimidated while thinking of Gauri's future.

Gauri's mama aka Shri is played by Hrishikesh Joshi. He is a darling, he follows spirituality, looks at strategies to open Gauri to talk and understand things better. When she wears the paper-made glasses of Green/blue/red to learn colors, all of us watching the movie wonder how better our learning should've been.

Gauri's dad is not happy with her, and he is not able to give up on the 'dreams' (just like that of every parent) for someone like Gauri.

Like every father, Gauri's dad has dreams for her. When the normal schools terms her 'special', he realizes that his dreams of his kid making him proud is shattered. Very well expressed were Manoj Joshi's grief, anger and pride.

The father is no longer a part of the family now. She goes to special school, with her mom serving in the same school. 

The special school is nothing but a place for these kids to chill and be themselves. The Head teacher is very supportive, and helps Mugdha (Mrinal Kulkarni) understand how "parents expect from kids, rather than accepting them." Prince is another special kid, whose grandma plays a minor role of realization.

She has a passion for water which is realized when she comes out safe even after accidentally falling in the tank. She is taken to swimming school for hand-eye coordination. She then takes up competitive training and wins to compete in the Olympics (Swimming, in the special category). 

She learns swimming, participates in a competition with the normal kids and comes 5th which gets Pratap (Upendra Limaye) a challenge: to teach her competitive swimming. Amazing job as a coach by Upendra. Probably the best on for this role. He does it amazingly well, trying to explain the butterfly stroke, through the princess story, which appeals to Gauri. He understands how Gauri works, how she imitates the Yellow fish at his cabin.

What 'Yellow- The Movie' really is:

A simple and an inspirational movie that kept me crying, almost, all through the movie. The mom was like every average mother, father like every average father. The uncle aka mama was exceptional by his own ways. The coach was like most genuine coaches. Not like the creepy ones, that my parents tried to keep me away from, a result of which I was never able to be co-curricular in school.

Every role has done its best, good direction, a true story. The movie is so damn natural and touching that most people have successfully ignored it, to applaud at movies like "Main Tera Hero".

Have you seen YELLOW, what do you think?