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GIPPI Movie Review: Hip Hip Hurray!
Vishal and Shekhar
Anvita Dutt, Vishal Dadlani
Riya Vij and Taaha Shah
May 10, 2013 03:37:15 PM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
A jaado ki Jhappi for GIPPI! Hip Hip Hurray! I think I am going over-the-top, but then GIPPI is a film that is so well crafted, well enacted with an overall run time of 97 minutes that makes it crisp and to the point. No unnecessary lengthening of plot with a sub-plot woven in between which sometimes take away from a bright subject.
GIPPI is delectably served. Not only the girls, but also boys of every age will love it. Moreover, parents are going to have a fab time identifying with the characteristics of the children enacting various roles. Puberty was never so well-presented on screen before!
First-time director Sonam Nair needs a pat on the back for venturing with a subject relating with kids, dealing with a bunch of raw kids and delivering a product that is so 'neat' that never once does the word 'tacky' comes to mind. In the recent past, we have had a few movies dealing with children which had established stars but were in bad taste. Not Gippi!
Gippi is Gurpreet Kaur (Riya Vij), a 14-year-old school girl who loves her ice-cream, pakoras and pizzas. She is 'healthy', fun-loving and prefers grooving to old R D Burman tunes and Shammi Kapoor dance songs. 'Full of life' would be the right word to describe her.
Even though Shamira (Jayati Modi), the most popular girl in her class and school likes to poke fun at her, Gippi takes it on her chin with a smile on her face. She never once gets vindictive. Maybe, her situation at home has something to do with it. In a moment of madness, when she is dancing with not a care in the world with her 'boyfriend' at Shamira's party, she tells Shamira she will defeat her at the upcoming school elections. This is after Shamira has humiliated her yet again, in her own home.
Does Gippi really want to fight the elections and be the Head Girl of the school? Does she have it in her to sway the 'popularity mood' towards her? After all, she is fat, average in studies, and bad in sports. Shamira, on the other hand, is a bright student, brilliant in sports and has a 'hot body'.
Riya Vij acts like a seasoned pro. And this has much to do with the delectable direction of Sonam Nair. Being a woman, who better to portray the emotions that a teenager goes through? Although a St IX student, Riya has that innocence of a school kid intact. While on the other hand, Jayati (another good find) perfectly portrays that 'killer attitude' which you see in some school kids who have some pushy parents. Both girls stand out. CHECK OUT: Karan Johar's GIPPI goes from Baby se Babydoll!
They are supported well by their buddies. A special mention must be made of Booboo (Arbaaz Kadwani), who plays the role of Gippi's brother and Arjun (Taaha Shah) the high school lad who Gippi has a crush on.
The use of old R D Burman classics and Shammi Kapoor dance songs are very subtle. It also shows Gipp's taste of music; she prefers the melodies of old rather than the digitalized sound this generation grooves to. No Chikni Chameli or Sheila Ki Jawaani. No Character Dheela Hai either.