Aao Wish Karein (AWK) is a film for kidults. Problem with children's film in India is...kids in India are all grown up these days. But kudos to Aftab for making a film of this genre.
I was thinking, how many times I have wondered as a kid, how it would have been to live a grown-up's life. Most importantly, no studies, can do what I want to do, and yes...may be the pretty girl in the neighbourhood can be my girlfriend...that is...only, if she would stop treating me as a kid. Come on, I can be a man, what if she is a few years older!
Mickey in AWK is just like me! He likes the girl next door, Mitika (Aamna Shariff). But, while I had to wait all the years to grow all these years. :-( Mickey's prayers are answered one day! Nice, right? Could be a nice fantasy for all from the age of 6-18...so, what if the same story has been tried before. It can be always repackaged and told in a new way. Wrong, if you are in the theater watching AWK. It's somewhat confused, who is the target audience of is it a simulator for children to grow up fast, and that too in an AWK-ward manner.
But, there is an issue. Mickey grows up to a boy trapped in a man's body. His mannerisms don't quite change. What to do? Again, there is this angle of him being an orphan, which is beaten to death, umpteen times in Hindi movies. Is it the only way, people can get emotional connect with the characters. Well, let me think...which was the last movie, where I saw someone orphan. Hmm...hmm...Yes, it's Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. And, when did it release? Well, that's not quite long ago. Do these directors and script writers have some kind of a meeting and decide together to take this as a show of unity. At least one orphan character is mandatory in the movies?
The movie moves on in quite predictable manner...and has a well anticipated ending. Nothing spectacular or out-of-the-box happens, when you are kept waiting for that "IT" moment.
Aftab is good and his boyish charms...makes a sincere attempt. But, today he is the sweet innocent boy, and tomorrow he is bad man in some factory movie. It's quite jarring to accept both. Aamna is sweet, but needs to improve! Also, all the talk about Aftab-Aamna being an off screen pair, doesn't quite translate into great on screen chemistry. Fizz or that something extra is lacking. It looked like Aamna was also awkard, not knowing, whether she is romancing a kid, or someone of her age.
Johny Lever is good. This man can't just make you laugh with his mannerisms and changing the contours of his face. I would say, he is the saving grace in the movie. Well, have you heard the music playing anywhere or being talked about? Not quite, right? So, though the tunes are ok, they won't linger on, for long.
Prediction: Some funny lines and sweet moments won't take the film through turbulent choppy box office waters. It doesn't hold you and there is only a very weak connection with any of the stars. A high chance of getting drowned by Tum Mile deulge of 26/7 or even bigger apocalyptic 2012. Could have a good run on TV and maybe, VOD on DTH, or buy a DVD if priced reasonably.