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Hari Puttar – movie review

A comedy of terrors


Hari Puttar, movie review

“He is only a kid…” is something that is heard ever too often. But when a kid displays the valour and wit that is no child’s play and the presence of mind that belies his age, it certainly is no kidding matter. Hari Puttar is the awe-inspiring story of one such kid.

Hari Prasad Dhoonda (Zain Khan) of Hari Puttar, as he is fondly called, is a bright 10 year old who has recently moved from India to the U.K. with his parents (Sarika and Zakir Khan).
His father, Prof. Dhoonda is assigned to work on a secret project with the Defence forces at a remote location in the U.K. He has access to confidential information that is stores on a chip and safely kept at his house.

Within days of their arrival in London, Hari’s aunt Santosh (Lilette Dubey) and Uncle DK (Jackie Shroff) visit the Dhoonda residence with their own as well as DK’s Boss children.
DK (Jackie Shroff) is a technology wizard. Lost in his own world but is also capable of the odd eccentricity and fun in a typical Punjabi style. Santosh (Lillete Dubey) is a contemporary woman who is friendly and warm in equal measure and represents the best traditions of a loud, gregarious friend than a nagging mother.

Suddenly the house is filled with the effervescence of no less than ten kids. At this point, everything goes for a spin for Hari Puttar not only is thrown out of his room to accommodate the girls. He is also ragged and ridiculed by all the other kids for being too naive. Hari Puttar suddenly feels unwanted, undermined and unappreciated.
But Hari has a friend from his fantasy world – Funtoon (Animated Character), who is around when Hari really needs him. Funtoon is a fun character. A ‘Masti ka boss’ and helps Hari cheer up when he is down or when he is upto some masti.

DK arranges a vacation for the entire family and one night before they take off, Hari’s mother sends him off in the attic bedroom as a punishment for no big fault of his. As luck would have it, the next morning the whole family leaves in a tearing hurry, forgetting that they have left something integral behind – namely Hari and his little cousin Tuk Tuk (Swimi Khara). But this realization does not dawn until they are half way with their journey.

When Hari and Tuk Tuk discover that have the large house to themselves, they are ecstatic with their new found freedom, but not for long….
Little do they know that, an infamous Don, Kali Mirchi has assigned two bumbling burglars named as Filter and Diesel to steal the secret formula chip from Hari’s house.

Filter (Vijay Raaz) is a dumb and clumsy thief whose pretensions on being smart and quick thinking fall flat in the absence of Diesel, his partner in crime. Diesel (Saurabh Shukla) is a greedy condescending small town thief who can’t believe his luck to be involved in a high level heist only to see all his dreams go awry due to the machinations of a 10 year old kid.

Sangeeta (Sarika) is a classic model for motherhood. She is a warm and loving person who wants to make sure her children are strong and disciplined. A trait borne out later when Hari outwits the two convicts.

Hari Puttar (Zain Khan) is a fun loving independent and strong boy, who is not afraid to take on two older goons. At times brave, and at times enterprising, the plans he puts in place to outwit the convicts is the stuff of folklore.

Tuk Tuk (Sweeny Khara) is a warm regular child who loves to create mischief and have fun but is always bed ridden due to illness. However her true calling comes in her adventures with Hari when they set about to outwit the goons.

But when Hari accidentally discovers the mission of the burglars he is determined to save the secret formula from being exposed. Is Hari able to outwit the persistent thieves?
Is Tuk Tuk an able partner to fight the thugs?

Hari Puttar is an entertaining film for children.

Cast of Hari Puttar:
Hari Puttar – Zain Khan
Tuk Tuk- Swini Khara
Hari Puttar’s Mother – Sarika
Hari Puttar’s Father – Zakir Khan
Uncle DK – Jackie Shroff
Aunt Santosh – Lillete Dubey
Filter – Vijay Raaz
Diesel – Saurabh Shukla
Shamita Shetty

Credits of Hari Puttar:
Produced by Lucky Kohli, A.P. Parigi, Munnish Puri
Directed by Lucky Kohil, Rajesh Bajaj
Story writer – Rajesh Bajaj
Original Music by Guru Sharma, Adesh Shrivastava
Lyrics – Sameer
Presented by Mirchi Movies
Director of Photography – Faroukh Mistry
Choreography – Ganesh Acharya
Film Editing by Hemal Kothari
Associate Editors – Rajesh Dash, Aditya Dubey
Hari Puttar, movie review