July 9, 2011 06:01:22 PM IST Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
One of the favorite themes of Hindi cinema is when a child is the focus in the bonding between the child and the dog. It endears the audience, especially the children, and CHILLAR PARTY builds around the same theme.
In these times, where stray dogs are a menace the choice of a stray dog as the binding element between children, with particular reference to Mumbai, where stray dogs are at the receiving end from the municipal corporation, CHILLAR PARTY could encourage the fence sitters to adapt the stray dogs, or develop a benevolent attitude towards them.
The stand-off between the rich kids and the poor kids which forms the focus of first part of CHILLAR PARTY is again one of the favorite themes of the film makers. The approach to the subject may appear clichéd, but it again underlines the fact that for children class and hierarchical differences do not matter, as long as the children explore and experience new things in their life on a daily basis.
One needs to applaud Salman Khan for producing CHILLAR PARTY, as he has a tremendous fan following among the kids, and applause is more to do with the fact that he has allowed the children to hog the lime light in the film, himself taking back seat. Salman Khan's initiative is owing to the soft corner that he has for the children of the street, and it was the catalytic factor whereby he lent his name to CHILLAR PARTY and also roped in Ranbir Kapoor for the item song. May be, Ranbir Kapoor's item song could have been somewhere in the middle of the film, rather than in the end, as it is an effervescent performance, but the director and the editors could have their own reasons for doing so.
Naming of the characters of the film, adapting it from the local Mumbai lingo like Phatka etc., underline the fact that no city can beat Mumbai as far as pen naming a person or an entity is concerned, i.e. the outreach of street lingo of Mumbai is a feature, which is unparalleled in the country, and CHILLAR PARTY has done it in the most imaginative manner. STANLEY KA DABBA had also focused on the children of Mumbai and CHILLAR PARTY also does the same. Underlining part of CHILLAR PARTY is that the subject has been dealt with in a very humorous manner, never allowing seriousness to take over.
May more such films focusing on children be made, and let Salman Khan take it upon himself to produce more such films henceforth.