Little Magic; a Lot of Love

Thodha Pyar, Thodha Magic is a refreshing take on love which is acquired by building relations, which we account for and which are not passed on through families. And a bit of magic which we all crave for and is within us in petite amounts. It is a summer family movie which is a joyride for the kids and the accompanying adults.

Produced by Yash Raj and directed and co-produced by Kunal Kohli, this movie is slick in its styling and rejuvenating in its feel. The sets and clothes sparkle like any of their movies clothes sparkle like any of their movies and no one is disappointed. The cast boasts of A-listers: Saif Ali Khan, who looks suave and arresting in screen presence, and Rani Mukejee, who is as effervescent, charismatic and elegant as ever. They are ably supported by refined performances of the four children.

I love ‘feel good movies’ and I cannot deny that they actually keep me going, and make me think the world is beautiful and its inhabitants not uncouth and offensive. I love my dreamland and these movies make my dreamland even more rosy and pretty. Thodha Pyar, Thodha Magic fits the bill perfectly. It is a story of struggle through some emotional crisis, with shades of forgiveness and is brilliant take on hope and ‘happily live after moments’.

What I loved about the movie was the opportunity it grabbed to educate our young breed (not that I am old, but am not that young anymore either). Be it showcasing our independence movement through the eyes of Gandhi, or the extinction of tigers from our forests, or its touching take on Indo-Pak peace, or on the essentials of establishing a separate yet united identity as an Indian and on the values of keeping our city clean, the movie devised an excellent strategy to deliver healthy messages in an entertaining manner. To top that, the movie also showcased highly held values of forgiveness, truthfulness, sincerity towards work, love against all odds and belongingness beautifully. Personally my favourite was the fact that the movie brought about the humane side of adoption and seamless assimilation of the identity of the adopted child with that of the adopted family.

There are few moments that touch you. Like the fact that the youngest daughter always left bits of food in front of the portrait of her dead parents, or the bear hug of the children with Saif Ali Khan. The music is soothing but a few of the songs are unnecessary. The situations are beautifully crafted, the script is fine and holds true to the spirit of what the movie promises to deliver.

The lead actors, Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerjee, deliver proficiently, ceaselessly in auto pilot as is their habit. The children do justice to their parts and don’t disappoint. The surprise package of the movie is Amissha (minus the ‘Patel’) who sizzles and sparkles effortlessly with taste and class. She is the taste-breaker and brings in some humour with her brand of sophistication. Her acting seems to have improved and left me wanting for some more of her scenes.

Critics might say the movie is inspired from Mary Poppins , but I am in no position to comment on that as I have not seen the classic. But then again, who cares if it has been inspired, as long as it works for us. All in all, the movie delivers perfectly for me. For people of my age group, it might not be the movie we look for, but once in a while it is good to go on the beaten track and spend some lazy lamhe…

Sayan Das


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