Director Sagar Ballary's second movie, Kachha Limboo is more of a kaccha effort, I would say. I agree, that small films are in vogue these days, and they have also become respectable by winning mainstream awards after going around in festival rounds. But, this doesn't make every small film worth a visit to the theater.
Well, the idea was good to start with. It carries on with the legacy of Udaan, dealing with a similar subject of a kid, who is a difficult child to manage or fails to blend in with the peer group.
Shambhoo is a teenager, who stands out due to his size and average intellect, which people make fun of. He is not accepted in the family, as his mother (played by Sarika) has remarried Abhay (Atul Agnihotri). He is unattentive in classes and teachers don't like him. He gets lost on the way to school and often turns up late. He gets ragged by students and fails to join the popular group. There is also botched up attempt at high school romance. While some of the scenes are quite endearing and reminds you of childhood and school days, it doesn't hold you for long. Too much time spent in the lead character cycling around.
The second half looks like being directed by someone else, who has not seen the first half and only connecting link is Shambhoo's character, while the background changes from upper middle class family / school environment to the dark Koli neighbourhood, where children are involved in petty crimes like stealing and cheating. Unless, the director wanted to show the contrast in a prolonged manner, that while children from middle class families go to school, the less fortunate ones take to crime easily. The climax also looked forced, as if someone told the director, the time is up and he must end the proceedings asap, when he just managed to bring all charactes together for a happy, but confusing ending with loose ends.
While acting is more or less par for the course from Sarika, Atul, Rajesh Khattar and others, 2 junior actors (Taher Sutterwala and Chinmay Kambli) stand out. Vinay Pathak, Bhairavi Goswami make brief special appearances. But, don't really make any impact on the movie.
While I understand the need for the characters to communicate using the local language to retain the authentic flavor, I fail to understand, why call it a Hindi movie, when a good part of the second half is in Marathi. Subtitles would have been highly appreciated.
It may appeal to some family audience, but best left to TV broadcast later. This is no Taare Zameen Par and fails to move. While Taher Sutterwala is very genuine as the kid, who is not popular at home or school, he is no Ishaan Awasthi to move you into tears.
Sagar Ballary's earlier movie, Bheja Fry is widely acknowledged to be copy of French movie, Le Diner de Cons, this one has inspiration from multiple movies, but lack of a good coherent script shows. It may be a better idea to look for unknown good movies for the director for inspiration, than a half baked patch-up effort.