wogma rating: Don't bother (?)
There isn't much a cute kid with decent acting skills can do with sentimental lines and gone-mental screenplay. The overall plot is uber-predictable. And how the film gets there is as mechanical as it can get.Read more
Munnabhai MBBS, Patch Adams, Anand are a few of the films that come to mind within the first few minutes of Vaada Raha. Ok, with a few changes here and there. And they don't use exactly the same tricks. But the deviation seems more like a formality.
The first change is of course having a little boy as one of the protagonists. Which could have worked had he not been talking and thinking like an adult. I can imagine that a character his age, who's already going through a bad patch in life, would become a little too philosophical for his age. But seeing him use the same clichéd language as oldies with no creativity would, made me do just one thing - cringe.
Given that, Dwij Yadav who plays the little boy, carries his cute self through the ups and downs of his days with aimless Dr. Duke (Bobby Deol). Unfortunately, doesn't look like he has learnt more about acting in this film. He's just done what he has done so far. This is the best I've seen Bobby Deol act. Yeah, it's not in a mean way that I say this. He actually emotes his anger and helplessness. Once that is done the rest is a cakewalk.
More or less Nanhe Jaisalmer's team of cast and crew don't quite get us involved in vaada raha. Neither the adults nor the kids make us love or hate them. They are just going through the motions and so are you expected to do the drill as the audience - go, watch emotionlessly, get-up, go.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com : ... Though there's the constant whiff of the obvious message of hope throughout the film, there are a few nuggets of experiential wisdom here and there... full review
Thumbs down, by Aniruddha Guha, DNA : ...Although you have to give it to director Samir Karnik for attempting an interesting plot (which is based on a Russian fable, by the way), it's the treatment that leaves you disappointed... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Child actor Dwij Yadav, who starred in Karnik's Nanhe Jaisalmer and Heroes previously, has an engaging presence, but trapped in a one-dimensional role here, he gets annoying as the precocious brat. Child actor Dwij Yadav, who starred in Karnik's Nanhe Jaisalmer and Heroes previously, has an engaging presence, but trapped in a one-dimensional role here, he gets annoying as the precocious brat. ... full review
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