Movie Review: Bumm Bumm Bole (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Flop

bumbumboleposterThere are children’s films. And there are films about children.Over the years, Iranians filmmakers – and now Iraqis too – have emerged as master storytellers in the latter type.Priyadarshan, our very own filmmaking machine known to stray away from his forte, comedy, now and then to come up with a thought-provoking film that can even lap a National award, interprets Iranian director Majid Majidi’s Oscar nominated film ‘Children of Heaven’ into an Indian setting with a terrorism angle and a few product endorsements thrown in.Insensitive, you would say, if you’ve seen Majidi’s masterpiece.But then, anything goes in Bollywood.

BUMM BUMM BOLE is a film which talks about unique brother-sister relationship. Priyadarshan has very perceptively carved out the innocent and poignant story of two siblings and the dilemmas they face in life and how they fight their way to overcome it. BUMM BUMM BOLE is sure to bring out the hidden child inside all of us… Two little feet, one long journey.


Khogiram (Atul Kulkarni), his wife (Rituparna Sengupta) and their kids Pinu (Darsheel) and Rimzim (Zia) belong to a terrorist dominated region. Khogiram and Ritu have a hand-to-mouth income working for a tea plantation and can barely manage things. The kids are affected by this as well. They go to a respectable school as it is Khogiram’s ambition to give them the educational opportunities he missed. But the financial crunch makes it difficult for kids to match the standards of the school. They don’t have enough money for uniform or shoes. Things become worse when Pinu misplaces Rimzim’s only pair of shoes in the vegetable shop!

Rimzim can’t go to school without her shoes. They work out a scheme where both of them share the same shoes. However, Pinu always gets into trouble at school waiting for Rimzim to give him the shoes. He comes to know of the Interschool Marathon where one of the prizes is a pair of shoes. Pinu plans to run for it and win the shoes for Rimzim.

Will Pinu be able to win the shoes for his kid sister and avert his fathers’ anger? Will god smile at Pinu and bring an end to his troubles? How long will this dark stretch last for Khogiram’s family?


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “a film where content is super strong, is well directed and has finest natural performances by its main leads.”
Real Bollywood
3.0 “would have got full-marks, had it been an original!”
Zee News
3.0 “would have got full-marks, had it been an original!”
3.0 “fine vacation fare for the family and presents a viable alternative to parents who are looking for meaningful tween entertainment in a boom-boom age. “
Times Of India
Average Reviews
2.5 “watchable but simply for its ‘shoe-string’ of an idea. “
2.5 “This film is a soft-spoken and delicate piece of cinema. Not to be missed.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “a tedious affair which evaporates the charming beautiful intention of the original in its quest to please all and everyone. “
2.0 “Perhaps some films are better left untouched. “
2.0 “you’re much better off watching the foreign film versus the Hindi one. But that doesn’t mean that Bumm Bumm Bole isn’t worth a watch. “
1.5 “a disappointment if you compare it to the film it’s an official remake of. Even on its own, it’s not worth your time. “
1.5 “Not worth your time.”
Rajeev Masand
1.5 “starts off well, but loses focus as it develops. Nothing to rave or rant about!”
1.5 “a must-watch for Darsheel fans but they must be prepared to suffer. And everybody else must keep away!”
1.0 “doesn’t work at any level”
Star Box Office
1.0 “The producers could have saved themselves all the effort and expenses, and just dubbed Children Of Heaven in Hindi instead.”
Hindustan Times
1.0 “There’s everything wrong with BUMM BUMM BOLE. “

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