Anupama Chopra's review: Gattu

By Hindustan Times

Direction: Rajan Khosa
Actors: Mohammad Samad, Jayanta Das
Rating: ***1/2

Gattu, directed by Rajan Khosa, is an effortlessly charming, bittersweet film about a little boy obsessed with kite-flying. Nine-year-old Gattu lives in Roorkee, Uttarakhand. He is an orphan. He works in his uncle's garbage-recycling business. At one point, his uncle tells Gattu that he bought him just like he buys kabaad (scrap).

Gattu's days are spent amidst trash and flies, but the film's beauty is that it doesn't ask us to pity him. Instead Khosa celebrates his chutzpah and ambition. Like the kites he loves, Gattu soars.

Much of this is accomplished because Mohammad Samad, who plays Gattu, is simply irresistible. There isn't a false or straining-for-cute note in his portrayal of a boy who relies on the only thing he has - street smarts. Gattu