Gippi

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV/online (?)

quick review:

I'm always game for going back to my mid-teens. Gippi doesn't make me repent despite not being the greatest films on adolescence.

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Director: Sonam Nair
Running time: 95 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Family, Social
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- meeta, a part of the audience

Gippi or Gurpreet Kaur needs to be comfortable with who she is. But, for that one should know what one is, right? Gippi, the film, concerns itself with the struggles of the ordinary teen - the one who is just about average or even below average at academics, sports, popularity and so on. But this teenager could easily be any common person, and the school setting changes to the work or even family environment. Sure, Gippi is over-simplified, but the cute factor makes up for it.

Set in Shimla, the film has a cozy, warm feel to it. To top it off, you have a chubby, cute character trying to make her place in the world or at least be okay with whatever place she has. You have additional layers of first love, sexuality, teenagers trying to cope with the changes in their bodies. The curiosity, the giggles make the characters and thus the film relatable.

However, the nastiness that these kids pelt each other with seemed a little over-done, but then maybe that's how life for kids these days is. Also, for all the "fun" Gippi is made to say she is, the film would have been served better if there were some exposition to her fun side. Instead, we see a grumpy adolescent who is treated badly because she is fat. She is also called ugly, but that didn't come across either. Riya Vij is too cute to be called ugly, even in fiction.

Yet, its her performance that keeps you hooked through. Her innocence reaches out to you. She uses her eyes very well to convey that her genuine personality. If only, she didn't have that slight delay in her dialogue delivery that puts the timing of a dialogue off. In fact, that is the problem with the entire cast, except maybe for Divya Dutta. Since the entire cast has its timing off by that fraction of a second, I guess it is the director's doing.

Despite these lapses, the world of Gippi is worth a peek into. If for nothing else, just to remind you of small moments from your childhood, moments we have long forgotten.

- meeta, a part of the audience

37 reviewers(?) - 13 yays 13 so-so 11 nays

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Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha (IANS), Apun Ka Choice : ...In the second half, the entire chunk devoted to the school elections is comparatively tame and lacking the sparkle evident in the rest of the writing.... full review

Thumbs up, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...A rare, cool gem on adolescence which is by the girls, about the girls & for the girls.... full review

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...GIPPI is a credible take on the 'coming-of-age' variety of movies. This one's straight from the heart... full review

Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ... unpretentious and fun film... full review

Thumbs up, by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost : ...Uncomplicated, Gippi deals with refreshingly new topics... full review

Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...A clean movie which anyone can identify with. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Swati Deogire, In.com : ...Don’t shy away from taking your kids (and especially your girls) for this one. ‘Gippi’ is a family entertainer.... full review

Thumbs up, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...Gippi is not old-school. It is not a moral science lecture. And it essentially works for its simplicity and sweetness.... full review

Thumbs up, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Gippi is fun, Gippi is relatable and Gippi is every bit adorable. A film should definitely make a hit at least among the school kids, especially as the film smartly releases during the summer vacations! ... full review

Thumbs up, by Kshamaya Daniel, Rediff : ...Most adults will find Gippi boring due to its partly cheesy, partly slapstick humour.... full review

Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...aaha Shah and Mrinal Chawla as the love interests are superb.... full review

Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...a successful movie and credit goes to debutante director Sonam Nair and the female actors for playing difficult roles with subtlety in spite of some indulging sequences... full review

Thumbs up, by Ananya Bhattacharya, yahoo! India : ...As Gippi, Riya Vij does a fabulous job. She brings to life the many irritations and heartbreaks that teenage is so known for, and deserves a hearty pat on the back.... full review

So-So, by Anupama Chopra, Anupama Chopra : ...Gippi is a strictly bubble-gum, sugar-coated version of adolescence. But I’m glad that someone put it out there.... full review

So-So, by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice : ...Gippi is not without flaws and there is very little originality to it. Even then, it stays close to being the feel-good movie that we all need once in a while.... full review

So-So, by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini : ...A cute reminder of the turbulent yet celebratory days of our school, Gippi is worth a watch.... full review

So-So, by Tushar Joshi, DNA : ...There is something innocent and vulnerable about Gippi that touches a chord, but it is the unnecessary mix and match of clichéd moments and mundane dialogues that prevents the film from rising above the ordinary.... full review

So-So, by Vinayak Chakrovarty, india today : ...The mom-daughter chemistry between Riya and Divya Dutta is natural, too. But the film could have done with some solid writing, notably in the second half.... full review

So-So, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...It is a cacophony of clichés that outcharms the film’s honesty.... full review

So-So, by Shivom Oza, Movie Talkies : ...The film is delightful in some parts and needlessly over-the-top at some places. ... full review

So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...But here's the conundrum and the most interesting bit: the tweens and teens enthralled with SOTY are going to love Gippi too. They aren't going to care that the conflict took a while coming, before the slice-of-life film turned into a coming-of-age one. ... full review

So-So, by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster : ...May now that the teething problems and over and done with, she’ll step out of her comfort zone and really surprise us. ... full review

So-So, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...Gippi also slumps a bit owing to the predictability in the plot which only comes from the fact that there have been many hugely popular high school movies in Hollywood that one has seen and rejoiced.... full review

So-So, by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu : ...Not bad if you want to give a booster dose to the grumpy adolescent in the family but if you are looking for a realistic check on teenage years, try Sanjivan Lal’s Bubblegum.... full review

So-So, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...Sonam Nair's 'coming of puberty' film handles simple issues sensitively, though it doesn't delve too deep.... full review

So-So, by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall : ...Gippi is a film its intended target audience is likely to enjoy but otherwise, it is simple, stereotypical feel-good fluff at best and that's about it.... full review

Thumbs down, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Unfortunately, the rest somehow has a been-there-seen-that-in-this-or-that-Hollywood-film quality to it.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deboshree Ghosh, Bollywood Life : ...The film moves at a predictable pace, and though the kids are cute, ONLY that is certainly not enough!... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ... Mildly amusing, trying very hard to be meaningful or real in some way (what’s all that about bras and sanitary pads!), and staying firmly in cheery Wonder Years territory, kids on summer break could do worse than giggle with Gippi. ... full review

Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...Sonam’s narrative is a little too flat and unexcitingly poised. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Many of the film's better ideas are lost in execution... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...This comes off as a mini version of the Karan Johar-directed Student Of The Year, which was itself derivative.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...She is not angry or twisted enough to be a convincing adolescent... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...Riya Vij, plays a confused, troubled teenager with aplomb and the other fresh faced kids, which includes Kadwani and other school students, each of them play their roles with a lot of earnestness and sincerity.... full review

Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum hain in some scenes and on overall basis a sweet film. But due to slow narrative style, predictable screenplay and dull direction fails to create its mark. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...One actor who is particularly hard done by is Jayati Modi. It’s the most sketchily written part in Gippi and she does herself no favours by letting the utter lack of subtlety in the characterization guide her. She is unnecessarily and gratingly shrill.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Also, Gippi’s epiphany, which comes at the end, is completely out the blue and hard to digest ... full review

81 tweeters(?) - 69 yays 4 so-so 8 nays

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vishana2: Sunday movie time! Gippi with @OyeKudiye and Tash. Perfect movie for us to watch together.

vedika_saharia: We are like this only..!! So damn amazing... #gippi was better than expectations!! a must watch for all gippi kinds ppl :D Haha :p

Varun_dvn: Hey guys catch #Gippi great film took me back to the best times of my life and guess what its only 1hour 30 min @kjohar25 @chink_ster

Varun_dreamy: Yes @varun_dvn Gippi is sooo good!!! @chink_ster @kjohar25

vandhnababu: Go watch Gippi.. The most fun movie I have watched in a long time... Super cute

TheyCallMeAddy: #Gippi ♥ WHAT A MOVIE!!:O cud relate so mch wid d story &abv al I jst cudnt stp laughin!Gr8 n a lil HATKE;)@chink_ster & @kjohar25 Hats off!

TheVishalOberoi: Gippi is out ppl... Go watch it now!!

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sudnigga: Gippi will make you happy this weekend! http://www.sudeepnigam.com/2013/05/gippi-will-make-you-happy-this-weekend.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

sudeepgangula: Suna he #gippi dhoom macha rakhi he har jagah, u r too cute gal

Sroy_Magic: Gippi was a fun, entertaining movie. I loved it sooo much!!!!!! Riya vij is Amazing!!!

smartmanas: watched #Gippi. It was short, simple and all about selfrespect... n most importantly it was CUTE.

SIDIOMS: Go watch #gippi with your siblings, parents, friends or lovers. You will surely come out with a smile :)

SiddiquiNaved: yesterday i am wtching movie GIPPI .gud. Karan Joher .gud movie

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sharmine_04: GIPPI - all mums will enjoy the memories of their respective kids school lives. While the kids roll their eyes.

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sanjussmile: GIPPI #beautiful movie .loved the mom daughter frrenship we don't need to be excellent to have friends we just need a good heart #worthWatch

riyaseth919: "Gippi" Awesum Movie Its totally realistic Movie! everyone shud watch it !!!! :D

Rinkeshwarr: #Gippi Cutest movie ever! Saw it with my girls and could totally relate. Loved it!

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RajeevRanjanDMK: India's cutest movie GIPPI

RachelAnnWhite: #clap for #Gippi whatta darling but nothing to beat booboo..loved d spectacled cutie :*

preetygirlaish: frnds watch gippi :) ....

PMakhijani: Movie Gippi is straight from the heart...

PatelDevansh: Saw #GIPPI last night - it has heart and humor, the two most essential traits in a movie, and chic flicks can't get cuter than this!

pandeymrinal19: #gippi awesome movie :D a must watch!

Oshin_Serrao: #gippi one of its kind! @kjohar25

nutcrack87: simple, Genuine, beautiful #gippi #RiyaVij

naznin17: I am just like #Gippi :D ♥ Love to eat and sleep LOL :P

namobunny: Omg #gippi is so cute

mufcpathak: Gippi such a cute movie! :* <3 ^_^

MissCandyFlaws: Gippi-3/5 Warm, enjoyable watch. Honest attempt to showcase transactional teenage phase! Little predictable post interval.

mathurnimisha: #Gippi a must watch Awesome it is!!

lokeshtweetz: #Gippi sweet,cute,lovely & super fun movie. A must watch for everyone. Thank you so much for such a lovely movie @kjohar25 & @chink_ster !!

lavanyasawant16: Gippy a must watch film awesme movie

labellagorda: Just watched Gippi....cute film :-)

Kuch_Bhi: to my all female frnds ..... watch gippi n reclaim ur early teen

Kia1720: #Gippi !! Reminded me of the 90s hollywood #chickflicks!! Aweeeesome!! #meangirls @kjohar25

khatua_sweta: gippi is so cute n chubby i love it

khatru_singh: I dnt believe i actually enjoyd Gippi..a bachcho wali hindi muvi!! :-)

kausty1984: Gippi. Stay you. Nice movie.

Karankashyyap: #Gippi Gippi Gippi- is film ki sabse khaas baat yeh hai,ek smile pure one n half hour ke liye,apke chehre pe chipak jati hai,beautifulllllll

jhanvi_8: saw the movie "GIPPI" awesome movie!!

Jaseem_Akhtar: #Gippi is a sweet one time watch... :)

innocentalian: We are like this only...#Gippi is awesome...

indraneel2mukh: #Gippi is a heartwarming tale of teenage life,ups and downs, insecurities and successes and most importantly enjoying the gift of innocence

imkashishs: loved the film 'GIPPI'. . . . . An amazin film awesome. . . . .

gopeeka01: saw #Gippy nice movie @kjohar25 .. am sure many of us will identify in that Character.audience in the theatre was like "ohhh no its over."

Gippi_FC: Naam baby se, baby doll hoyi gawa! A story I could relate to! Lots of stars and likes! #Gippi. :D ;) (y)

forever_tanisha: #GIPPI !!!! (Y)

div_ranbirk: #Gippi reminded me of my skul daes...Slow bt lovely movie...Gals vl definitely love it !!

DilnazKarbhary: When u wake up the next morning,still smiling about the film u saw last night,u know the film will have a permanent place your heart#Gippi

dayanandvats: Gippy very good movie. Go with family. we want Tax free ho Gippy.

darshanshah1988: #Gippi - fun, cute, entertaining. Well done. @chink_ster @kjohar25.

crimsonjaded: Fill your weekend with SUPER BIG SMILES! Go watch #GIPPI and give yourself a BIG TIGHT WARM HUG! @MeetGippi

ChandrikaKhulla: gippi seems to be the story of my life,dayyym :)

AyeeHomess: Finally have the whole story straight. I definitely still love Gippy!

AnushkaHiran: 'Gippi' a sweet,heart touching movie. A must watch. There is a lot to relate to your own life stories too. ❤

AnOddYellow: Gippi was even more enjoyable thanks to my mother's reactions.

anesthetizethat: #Gippi was such a refreshing, feel-good movie. After a loooong time!

akshitbshah: Gippi a great movie @kjohar25 #class

AdoringRANBIR: Seriously i don't think any other film has explained that clearly about a plump girl & her feeling ! GIPPI! Rocks @MeetGippi @chink_ster

poojalapasia: So mom liked Gippi, though it was a little bold for her taste, I found it ok, good concept but poor execution. Quite funny at parts.

insane2shar: #Gippi ⭐⭐⭐'s

HimanshuKapadia: #Gippi = Slightly disappointed. It was ok, but could've been so much more! Guess it needed a more mature Director. #IMO

AlishaSijapati: #GIPPI was cute but damn, I could have written better script then Sonam Niar. It lacked in story telling. Wish they would have extended it.

ThakurShambhavi: Just saw gippi. To anyone about to watch it DON'T. Waste of time, effort and money lol

supzjain: #jippi could have been much better film...everythhg was bad about the film....

RakshakNagrecha: Gippi.. y r u so irritating. . :@ :@

psohal: A bit disappointed with #Gippi. Poor execution of ideas. Could have been a great movie to watch. @kjohar25

Princessharp64: When stupid sappy couples sit next to you during a movie,and they just won't stop the cooing!! #Gippi Average movie,not worth it.

oneindiaHindi: करण के स्टूंडेंट की बकवास कॉपी है 'गिप्पी' http://hindi.oneindia.in/movies/bollywood/news/2013/05/gippi-is-bad-film-said-audience-on-oneindia-243445.html #Gippi

jayantgajria: Thank God I did not force my son to come along for Gippi...he would have disowned me as a father!!!

codelust: Gippi was such a letdown.

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Plot Summary

A teenager needs to find her place and comfort in her mean world.

What Worked

  • Best of Helen songs
  • All the Shammi Kapoor songs :D
  • "Nehru is so cute!"
  • The mother-daughter relationship.
  • Comment on a mother's shaky confidence and insecurity.

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

  • Schools which allow hair-styles!
  • The whole 4th husband-3rd wife conversation.
  • The animosity between Gippi and Shameera
  • Let alone Indian culture, in which culture does an ex-wife go to her husband's wedding?!
  • And then they have a family photograph! Really?

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.

  • Annual school elections in December?

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A couple of slaps.
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: No nudity, but there is talk about periods and the anatomical parts of the reproductive organs in a school setting.
  • Concept: The coming of age of a girl in her mid-teens
  • General Look and Feel: Cute and warm feel.

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nice review !

Thank you!

Raghunath

Though I haven't seen this film, I shall recommend viewers "Mahek Mirza" by Kranti Kanade. It was made in 2008 and still remains little known. The DVD is available in stores by Shemaroo. Another is by Gurinder Chadha " Angus, Thongs and perfect snogging.Enjoy....

@Raghunath oh are they in the same genre?

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