Goopi Gawaiya Baagha Bajaiya
Animation film directed by Shilpa Ranade
Rating: ***(3 stars)
A bright bouncy cheerful effervescent tribute to Satyajit Ray’s 1969 children’s classic Goopy Gyne BaghaByne is a step forward for animation films, a genre still in its infancy in Indian cinema groping around in the dark trying to find a competitive ground with the likes of Frozen, Moana, Lego and Inside Out in Hollywood.
Animation is big business in the West. In Indian cinema it hasn’t even started to make an impact. Given the bleak and bland scenario and the fact that it must compete with feature films like Luka Chuppi and Sonechiriyathis week Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya(GGBB) does well for itself, at least as far as telling an engaging story in a credible colourful animation format goes.
For those who came in late(and please don’t do that, this is just a brief film barely more than an hour long) this is the story of two bumbling goofy but endearing musicians and their escapades in an imaginary kingdom of fools.
The plot (based on Upendra Roy Kishore’s classic story ) is zany to the utmost.
The animation characters are reasonably well handled. But the real backbone of the film is the music by 3 Brothers & Violin. It adds a layer of prankish lustre to the going-on. This weekend take your young ones for a joyful ride into the kingdom of magic. This could be their introduction the world of Satyajit Ray.