Only Meetha and No Khatta
Films revolving around Parsi characters have always had a sweet aura about them. Khatta Meetha, Such a long journey, Being Cyrus, Pestonjee & the national award winner Percy starring Kurush Deboo, bear testimony to the same. Sooni Taraporevala’s Little Zizou too belongs to the same league. Adding to it, is another element that the film constitutes of : Football & Politics.
Little Zizou, is about a young boy Zizou ( Jahan Bativala) who is an ardent football fan & wants French soccer star Zinedine Zidane to come to Mumbai, as he is told that his mother met Zinedine before she passed away. Alongwith this, the story focuses on the feud between two families, i.e Zizou’s father, played by Sohrab Ardeshir & Zizou’s paternal uncle (Boman Irani). Zizou & his elder brother (Imaad Shah) share a heart warming relationship which gets nasty too at times. The typical sibling bonding & rivalry being displayed to perfection.
The concept is very well written & implemented on screen. The characters are true to life and are often very endearing. This itself is the success of the screenplay. In addition, there are a few scenes, which may appear to be humorous but have a serious message underlying it. The director has made use of Parsi jokes to the hilt, but nowhere do they seem offensive, in fact, they succeed in getting a chuckle or two out of you. There are references to Such a long journey in a couple of scenes too. And after winning awards for her screenplays, Sooni Taraporevala is all set to prove that she is an efficient film maker too. Ya at times you feel you watching a documentary and not a film, but still that is interesting.
The mélange of characters that go about in making this film & their performances is unimaginable at times. How else would you fathom, Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, Cyrus Broacha, Shernaz Patel, Dilshad Patel, John Abraham (in a cameo that is ) along with names mentioned in the review above. And needless to say, all of them put in a competent performance. But the cake is taken by the young boy who plays Zizou to such perfection that leaves you amazed.
For all the above reasons, Little Zizou cooks up a perfect weekend treat, which many will enjoy.
So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum toh kaafi hain, it definitely is worth a watch. Just that the pace slackens in places and the fact that the film is in English, may deter a few from making it to the cinema halls. But those who will, surely won’t regret.
Rating : 3+/5