Movie Review: Hawaa Hawaai (2014)

Box Office: Flop

Even slumdogs have dreams bundled away in their crumbling chawls, beneath piles of garbage and atop roofless homes. So what if it’s not about millions and mansions, chateaus or chartered planes. Their sapna is made of strong stuff too. As kadak as the chai Arjun Harishchandra Waghmare (Partho), serves daily at the tea-stall for meagre wages.

Son of a cotton-farmer, he’s uprooted from the village after his baba’s shocking death, to the slums of Mumbai. Here, he toils long hours to support his family. One evening he witnesses a skating coach, Lucky (Saqib), eagerly training a group of privileged kids. He’s besotted by a pair of shiny roller-skates and thereon, this Dharavi boy is on a dream-roll.

His adorable buddies (poor kids with ‘XL’-sized hearts) Gochi, Bhura, Abdul and Murugan share his dream of “wheel balance ka khel”, making his passion their own. On seeing his talent and tenacity, Lucky finds a new goal – to make Arjun a champ. But will his sapna (riding high on his hand-made, red and gold wheels – called ‘Hawaa Hawaai’) smoothly make it to the finish line?


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.5 “This is a film that must be seen by every person young or old who has ever dreamt”
4.5 “This is a not-to-be-missed life-changing experience.”
4.0 “If it is genuine entertainment that you are looking for, your search ends with Hawaa Hawaai”
NDTV Movies
4.0 “Hawaa Hawaai makes you laugh, smile, brood and almost cry too. And of course root for the little champion! “
4.0 “With HAWAA HAWAAI, STANLEY KA DABBA, Gupte gives wings, nay wheels, to those who dare to dream”
4.0 “Hawaa Hawaai is heart-warming.”
India Today: Saurabh Dwivedi
4.0 ” It inspires one to be large-hearted, giving and selfless.”
3.5 “HAWAA HAWAAI is a gem that shouldn’t be missed. A wonderful creation with heartrending emotions”
Bollywood Hungama
3.5 “Drag every kid you care about to Hawaa Hawaai”
3.5 “Hawaa Hawaai is a must watch”
DNA India
3.5 “HH’s inspiring story is for children, for the child in all of us and for adults who need to wake up to dream again.”
3.5 “It’s a film that will touch your heart but it could have been much better had the focus been just the story.”
India Today
3.5 “This is a black-and-white, predictable film; but still watchable for the incredible child actors, the infallible underdog story, and some warm moments.”
3.5 “Amole Gupte’s Hawaa Hawaai is not just the story of a skating champion, it’s the story of a huge divide between rich and poor, and it is also the story of underprivileged kids who are told not to dream.”
Hindustan Times
3.5 “Hawaa Hawaai is an intensely positive film that would turn even cynics propitious. “
3.0 ” It’s the kind of film that makes you want to believe.”
3.0 “Inspiring Window Into A Child’s Dreams.”
One India
3.0 “Partho Gupte and team’s effortless acting make it a heart-warming film”
Daily Bhaskar
3.0 “a film with the right intention and its heart in the right place shouldn’t be missed. Watch this one. – See more at:”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Wish it had been a better film”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “It tries hard but fails to take off.”
2.0 “Instead of a sentimental cinema with a positive message, Amole Gupte’s ‘Hawaa Hawaai’ is a squirmingly squishy, so predictable, unconvincing, forced sentima (read cinema) that lacks the stamina to please the major or concerned audience.”


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