Dhappa is an explicit allegory stating fundamental right of expression, a challenging multidimensional perspective.
Dhappa is thoughtfully conceived and honestly directed, a relevant theme which crudely mirrors the society. Originated from a true story which took place in Pune, a rich cultural city where a children’s play on the occasion of Ganesh Festival featured Jesus Christ. Writers conceive an interesting series of characters for instance, a wheelchair bound smart kind fondly called “Hawkya” (Hawking) who’s disturbed by the vandalizing events.
Writer Girish Kulkarni pens a broad perspective into a housing society, a universal amalgamation engulfed within makes it more relatable and realistic. Girish Kulkarni who has also written Umesh Kulkarni’s Deool (2011) and Highway (2015) has a knack of writing mundane characters with utmost integrity. Dhappa too brings out a locale essence with numerous characters who we’ve come across once in a while. Narrative which integrates cinema and play flows smoothly – strength lies in underdog of the comic nature which raises curtains to harsh realities.
This is technically Nipun Dharmadhikari’s first film where he extracts superlative performances from 19-kids. A difficult task to handle yet the innocence pertains throughout – it feels like they’re enacting as grown ups, a striking feature for elders to think upon. Cinematographer Swapnil Sonawane moves with the characters, the conflict is explosive and the camera moves only in presence of the kids.
Dhappa is a relevant film which might cross controversial waters, if it does, the whole substance will dilute. Although a bit manipulative in its approach, but works in broader perspective. By the end, without any loud preaching Nipun Dharmadhikari’s sweet film left with moist eyes and a warm applause.
Winner of National Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
Fiction | Time: 115 Mins | Country: India
Theatrical Release: 23 November, 2018
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