Chintu Ka Birthday movie review is here. Streaming on ZEE5 from June 05, 2020. The movie stars Vinay Pathak, Tillotama Shome, Seema Pahwa and Vedant Raj Chibber in pivotal roles.
Written and directed by Devanshu Kumar and Satyanshu Singh, Chintu Ka Birthday is produced by standup comedians Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi, Ashish Shakya and Gursimran Khamba of All India Bakchod under their banner Final Draft.
Chintu Ka Birthday won the Viewer’s Choice Award at the Jagran Film Festival in 2019.
Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
What happens when Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ meets Roberto Benigni’s Guido Orefice from ‘Life is Beautiful’ in Baghdad? Chintu Ka Birthday gets celebrated and life gets rejuvenated with its charm vigour and goodness.
The Story of Chintu Ka Birthday
It’s Circa 2004 in Baghdad. Chintu Tiwary (Vedant Raj Chibber) gets ready for school. Mother dear Sudha Tiwary (Tillotama Shome) is combing his hair and the cute Chintu is ready. Today is a special day. Its Chintu’s sixth birthday and papa dear Madan (Vinay Pathak) is excited as well. Arrangements are getting in place. Toffees (2 for each classmate) are ready. Cake has been ordered, 25 guests are expected as last year Chintu couldn’t celebrate. The family especially papa is keen that this time Chintu cuts his birthday cake. But alas, the then president of America George W Bush and the situation in Iraq has something else to say on this day.
Chintu Ka Birthday movie review.
It’s almost impossible to maintain an incredible balance between fear and hope both overlapping, racing with each other to make point and ultimately allowing the determination to survive, the zest of life and the undying spirit of hope winning against all odds displaying a beautiful heart shinning like gold. Writer director duo Devanshu Kumar and Satyanshu Singh achieve this remarkable feat on celluloid trapping all the minutes of human emotions in the simplest manner and making the audience realise the importance of life and the power of goodness, hope and determination.
The innocence of childhood – Chintu, the optimistic determination of his father Madan – a ‘good hearted salesman’, who sells water purifiers in the war prone Iraq with the tagline ‘cheap and best’. Those tiny moments between Chintu and his elder sister Lakshmi (Bisha Chaturvedi). The ‘real’ bonding between Chintu’s Nani (Seema Pahwa) and her mother Tillotama Shome is straight out from a common Indian middle-class household.
Devanshu Kumar and Satyanshu Singh touch so many issues in this one hour twenty-minute gem. Life, death, want, greed, pain, suffering, war, peace, identity, duty, insurgency, nationality, immigrants, friendship, brotherhood, loss, gain, betrayal, hope, guilt, redemption and more.
The writing and narration is not at all preachy, its easy and completely relatable like things are happening in front of your eyes. The audience is transported immediately right from the first frame.
The striking meta established by the proceedings is a triumph. Picture this – the expression by Mahdi (Khalid Massou), Madan’s landlord when Chintu’s Nani Seema Pahwa and Mom Tillotama Shome are singing a Bihari folk song. The young Iraqi lad Waheed (Mehroos Ahmed Mir) greeting an American soldier. Waheed is that sad confused generation whose thinking has developed a surreal mix of the so called American military power and radical thinking of his countrymen.
Vinay Pathkak as Madan adds his simple and lasting mannerism to his character making him a take home delight, an inspiration. Tillotama Shome is a picture of effortlessness and natural acting. Seema Pahwa is pitched perfect and purely brilliant. Bisha Chaturvedi as the elder sister is charming and adds great value. Khalid Massou as Madhi is fantastic. Reginald L Barnes and Nathan Scholz as the soldiers create the desired tension. Mehroos Ahmed Mir is a delight. Finally, Vedant Chibber as Chintu is cuteness redefined. An absolute delight any father can go miles to bring a smile to such a cute child.
Mostly indoors with hardly any outdoors and it’s partly English.
A small movie with big heart, a sweet little gem etc etc all these praises work for Chintu Ka Birthday, this enduringly and endearing gem on life and humanity. Reported to have taken ten years in its making, still the release is perfectly timed. It means how important is hope and humanity nowadays. Do watch this celebration of hope and life with your family.