Director: Gitanjali Sinha
Producer: Hemendra Aran
Main Cast: Raghuvir Yadav, Raj Tandon, Aanya Anand, Yashpal Sharma
Genre: Drama, Family, Musical
Parental pressure, peer pressure and most importantly exam pressure; Avinash has to face it all! This is a story that deals with daily trials and tribulations faced up by a young lad, Avinash.
Yeh Khula Aasmaan is a movie about how he finds himself and the secrets of a happy life with the help of his Dadu (grandfather) and the ‘Khula Aasmaan’.
IIT-JEE, HSC results, CET, etc with so many exams and so many results, students today are invariably pressurized directly and indirectly. Avinash (Raj Tandon) is one such student. Avinash who is a bright student, suddenly finds out that he has failed his IIT-JEE entrance exams. Disheartened, he calls his parents but with their busy schedule, they are unable to give him any support. Loneliness starts eating him up from within and he decides to leave for his grandfather’s place.
Dadu Gulab (Raghuveer Yadav) is pleased on seeing his grandson after almost 10 years. Dadu and Avinash start bonding and after a long time, Avinash feels like he has somebody in this world who cares for him. Here, he also finds a best friend in Govinda (Nitin Kerur) and the love of his life in Muskaan (Anya Anand).
Meanwhile, the pride and honor of Dadu, i.e., his 1959 Kite-Flying Championship record, is at stake when his opponent Mirza’s grandson threatens and challenges Avinash. The championship suddenly becomes a matter of family pride. Dadu, while making Avinash learn the importance of sportsmanship, also hopes that Avinash will regain his confidence through this competition.
So, the rest of the movie constitutes the answers for: Will Dadu be successful? Will Avinash’s parents realize their son’s need for love and encouragement? Will Avinash give up or will he fulfill his Dadu’s dreams?
Gitanjali Sinha’s script deals with the pressures faced by today’s students but despite the seriousness of the topic, it hasn’t been given a proper treatment. The script also lacks any good dialogues. They are cheesy, silly and sound very ancient.
Raghuveer Yadav is the only person who has given an excellent performance. Raj Tandon and Anya Anand are quite natural and suit perfectly in their roles of teenagers. Aditya Sidhu as Salim shows real potential. Overall, none of the cast is extraordinary.
Gitanjali Sinha’s direction fails to impress. The camera angles are weird, there are times when the scenes are over-exposed and the editing in some such parts is inconsistent.
The long, boring songs, which are repeated throughout the movie, are even more jarring. The final kite-flying competition is silly and ridiculously boring.
Yeh Khula Aasmaan which has been well-received at several film festivals, will make you wonder what made it go to all such festivals in the first place. It is an extremely poor attempt and is a complete disappointment.