Movie: Gippi

Director: Sonam Nair

Cast: Riya Vij, Divya Dutta, Taaha Shah, Arbaz Kadwani, Jayati Modi, Doorva Tripathi, Mrinal Chawla, Aditya Deshpande

Jagran rating:  Average

Story Line: With movies like Stanley ka Dabba, Chillar Party and others, several movie makers have taken you to your childhood days earlier. This time it’s Karan Johar who helps you revisit your teenage years with his low budget movie Gippi. While this is Dharma Production's first film with debuting lady director Sonam Nair, it also marks the production house's foray at bringing a story without stars.

Yippie it’s Gippi! Unfortunately, the movie, perhaps, would not elicit the same reaction from the audience looking forward to it.
Gippi (Riya Vij) is a typical 14-year-old plump who hungers for junk food and gives a damn to her unwaxed legs and unplucked eyebrows. She is of course not a topper. Far from being a headturner, this gregarious gal is a proud backbencher, who neither sweats over her low scores in class nor she care of being overweight among mass. Parlours, gossips, fashions were never her favourite subjects. But still there is a lot more going on in her small teenage world.

Gippi's strongest support is her brother Booboo (Arbaz Kadwani) and single mom (Divya Dutt) who grooms her on everything from bras to boyfriends. Life suddenly takes a U-turn for Gippi at her father’s engagement party when she was introduced to Arjun (Taaha Shah), a senior in the school, to whom she loses her heart. But her dreams got shattered in a moment at the event when queen-bee Shamira (Jayati Modi) embarrasses Gippi publicly and most importantly in front of Arjun. This was the day when Gippi aced up her sleeves to contest against Shamira in a competition of school head girl.

Thumbs up: The young actors have given a promising performance. Even if it’s the first film of Riya Vij but she has done full justice with Gippi’s role. Divya Dutta excels in her part. The movie captures the emotions sensitively and is packed with tales that make it pleasurable. The issues highlighted in the movie do not seem to be conventional or borrowed from films of a similar variety. The stunning hilly terrain and the beauty of Himachal Pradesh have been portrayed superbly.

Thumbs down:  It’s not the kind of film that will keep you glued to the screen from beginning to end. The musical score is a mind-boggling mish-mash. Sonam Nair's film based on 'coming of puberty' handles simple issues sensitively, but sadly, she fails to delve too deep. The movie lacks drama in the second half, with a mediocre climax.

Gippi is a good attempt, but fails to quench our filmy taste buds due to a wobbly script followed by ordinary dialogues.


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