Nanhe Jaisalmer - Notepad

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quick review:

A child artist who can act, , a plot that is different, a kids' story that is given a mature treatment, and a Bobby Deol who can be ignored - all good enough to make it worth a watch!

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Plot Summary

Nanhe Jaisalmer (Dwij Yadav) is a tourist guide in Jaisalmer, and is deeply fascinated by Bobby Deol - yes the actor. The movie is about where this fascination leads Nanhe.

What Worked

  • The snippets from Bobby Deol's other movie - 'Soldier'...made me want to watch and review it immediately :)
  • The contrast of Nanhe's loud character in the first half, where his character is immature, with the mellowed down and more responsible Nanhe.
  • The scene in which Nanhe feeds his mother - tear-jerking.
  • The shot that the song "Akhiya" ends with - creative and pleasing visuals.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Nanhe's clothes - he had too many, and too clean, and new for a little boy of his age and economic background.

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Rajasthan is known for its conservatism. Are teenage girls allowed to dance on streets?
  • Why is Nanhe's sister, Suman, dressed like a Punjabi when a boy and his family come to "see" her. They are in a hardcore Rajasthani city, right?
  • The rickshaw scene (on the way back from the screening of 'Soldier'). The close-up did not work. It looked too artificial.
  • The couple whose kids Nanhe tries to tease seemed too young to be parents of the kids.
  • How do the kids mentioned above know that Nanhe can't read?