Fox Star Studios and Amole Gupte Cinema’s Hawaa Hawaai is a story of grit and determination. Arjun Harishchandra Waghmare (master Partho Gupte) is a bright student from a poor family. He loses his father (Makarand Deshpande) under tragic circumstances and he starts working in a roadside tea-stall to supplement the family income. Right in front of his tea-stall, young boys and girls learn skating under the guidance of their coach, Aniket Bhargava (Saqib Saleem). Arjun is fascinated by the skates and the sport of skating but he is also aware that his family would never be able to afford the expensive skates.
Soon, Arjun talks about the skating to his poor friends – Gochi (master Ashfaque Bismillah Khan) who works in a motor car garage, Bindaas Murugan (master Thirupathi N. Kushnapelli) who helps in his family ‘business’ of picking up junk and selling the same, Bhura (master Salman Chhote Khan) who sells gajras for a living, and Abdul (master Maaman Memon) who works in a zari embroidery workshop. The four friends realise that Arjun is passionate about skating and they pitch in to make a pair of skates for him from junk. Arjun practices skating using the skates –and when Aniket Bhargava learns of his burning passion, he takes him under his wings. Aniket is confident that Arjun would go places in the sport.
Aniket has a caring elder brother, Aniruddha (Anuj Sachdeva), who is very comfortably settled in the USA and wants to take Aniket, too, there. Although Aniruddha shares Aniket’s passion for skating, he is not happy with the idea of Aniket living alone in India after the untimely demise of their parents. He doesn’t think, Aniket is doing the right thing by devoting his life to coaching students and finding joy in their growth.
Here, Arjun starts excelling in the sport under Aniket’s expert guidance. Aniket enters his name in the district-level competition. But Aniket does not turn up for the competition. What keeps him away from the competition?
Not the one to give up so easily, Aniket now enters Arjun’s name in the state-level skating championship. Does Arjun participate now? Does he live up to the faith reposed in him by his coach? Does Aniket continue coaching the kids or does he heed brother Aniruddha’s practical advice and move to the USA?
Amole Gupte’s story and screenplay are simple and honest. The story of an underdog trying to make it big in life holds a lot of appeal for the audience. The writer has made the first half light and laced it with a lot of humour in the way Arjun and his four friends think and behave. But the hard work Arjun has to put in should have been underlined in a more pronounced way. The drama after interval is very engaging and has some truly heart-wrenching emotions. In fact, some of the scenes are so emotional that it would be impossible for many in the audience to control their tears. The relationship between the skating coach and his brother is lovely. The climax is outstanding but reminds of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Gupte’s dialogues are gems and touch the heart at many places.
Master Partho Gupte does a wonderful job as Arjun Waghmare. He plays the character beautifully, giving the right expressions at the right time. Master Ashfaque Bismillah Khan is supremely endearing in the role of Gochi. He shines with his dialogue delivery. Master Thirupathi N. Kushnapelli is lovable as Bindaas Murugan. He acts with effortless ease. Master Salman Chhote Khan has his memorable moments as Bhura. Master Maaman Memon is natural to the core in the role of Abdul and he makes an instant place for himself in the audience’s hearts. Saqib Saleem underplays the role of the coach beautifully. He is first-rate. Neha Joshi is outstanding as Arjun’s mother. She makes the audience cry and weep in the post-interval portion with her brilliant acting. Anuj Sachdeva leaves a lasting impression as Aniruddha Bhargava. He looks handsome. Razzak Khan is lovable as Usmaan Chacha. Sanjay Dadhich makes his mark as the tea-stall owner. Makarand Deshpande is effective. Rekha Kamat (as Arjun’s grandmother), Saba Qureshi (as Vinita), Aaliya Qureshi (as Shaku), Solya Qureshi (as Savi), Mahesh Kumar (as Rafique), Pragya Yadav (as Pragya), Mithilesh Chaturvedi (as the sports goods shop owner), Divya Jagdale (as the doctor), Habib Azmi (as the old Raju) and Sharat Kumar (as the commentator) lend admirable support.
Amole Gupte’s direction is wonderful. His narrative style, alongwith his script, keeps the audience engaged and engrossed from the first scene to the last. He has given a good dose of humour, emotions, high-voltage drama, tension, thrill and all other ingredients required in a film of this kind. Hitesh Sonik’s music is appropriate to the film and goes well with it. But the absence of hit songs is sorely felt. Amole Gupte’s lyrics also suit the drama. Hitesh Sonik’s background music is rather effective. Amol Gole’s cinematography as also Vikas Sivaraman’s cinematography in the climax deserve distinction marks. Sham Kaushal’s thrills are superb. Amit Ray and Subrata Chakraborty’s production designing is very nice. Deepa Bhatia’s editing is extraordinary.
On the whole, Hawaa Hawaai is a fine entertainer which makes the audience laugh, cry, cheer and enjoy. It has the potential to be a hit but its extremely poor start will tell on its business in the final tally. Word of mouth for the film will be positive because of which box-office collections, which were very poor on the first day, will pick up as the days progress.