YEH KHULA AASMAN is a wonderful product of a sensitive story, simple direction and melodious music which forms an intrinsic part of the narrative. In fact, it is the soul of the movie. It's a pleasant experience which takes you back to the melodious times of the 70s and early eighties when music merged seamlessly with the narration and screenplay. YEH KHULA AASMAN is an everyday story, powerfully told using the kite as a metaphor.
As the screen lights up, Kunal Ganjawalla's soft, melodious voice knocks you off with a soul-stirring ballad with powerful lyrics that go thus... Har gadi ek naya, inteha zindagi... Chahti hai tu kya, sach bata zindagi... Ho gayi bewaja kyu khafa zindagi... Chahti hai tu kya, sach bata zindagi... The power of the lyrics by Ravi Chopra has you in a trance.
Music directors Anand Milind have done a remarkable job with the composition that exudes the power of acoustic instruments, rather than relying on the mayhem that is dished out by synthesizers. It is music that you would love to listen to, again and again...
First time director Gitanjali Sinha explores the human emotions; the frustrations of the teenagers and the ache of the old, with such finesse that you would be not wrong in thinking that she is some 50-year-old. However, it turns out that she is a young film-maker with a passion to do meaningful cinema. The maturity with which she handles the confusion of the protagonist 18-year-old Avinash (Raj Tandon), the immaturity of his father Kailash (Yashpal Sharma) and the longing of his grandfather Gulab Rai (Raghubir Yadav) is impressive.
Is a teenager to be left to his own, battling peer pressure, after being handed out the latest gizmos? Are networking sites the place to go to to fill the emotional vacuum? Is working hard at your job, ignoring the child at home, the route to success? And finally, do we have a responsibility towards our old parents who sometimes feel the need to meet us when they stay far away from us? Using three generations, Gitanjali weaves her magic of love and reconciliation.
Avinash is going through the most challenging phase of his life... his teens. His parents are busy working or at kitty parties. Frustrated and dejected, he heads to his village to visit his grandfather who he has not met in 10 years after he fails his IIT entrance exams. Avinash's visit brings joy back into Dadu's life and in the process he opens up to his grandson as to how he felt cheated when his son left him never to return.
Yashpal Sharma hit her to known for his goon act is quite a surprise as the son who never turned back and the dad who is too busy to earn money. Raghubir Yadav is mellow displaying the grandeur of old age and the pain it sometimes brings along. Gitanjali extracts the best performance from Raj Tandon who I guess, she just keeps natural. He moves around with the confused gait of a teenager who knows not what is missing in his life.
The whole kite flying competition may not exactly be an engrossing affair, but nonetheless, this is an honest attempt to get us back to our roots and values.