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“Jhalki Is For All Those Who Worry About India’s Children“ A Subhash K Jha Review

Jhalki

Starring Aarti Jha, Sanjay Suri, Divya Dutta

Directed by Brahmanand S Siingh

Jhalki is not a great film. It is riddled with imperfections and the plot careens dangerously towards manipulative sentimentality.

But this is film that comes straight from the heart, warts, moles, smothered screams and all. It is a must-see for anyone who cares for the underprivileged children of the country who are often left at the mercy of savage exploiters and vulnerable to attacks of all sorts due to poverty.

Little sprightly Jhalki and her baby-brother Babu, almost like speckled cousins of Durga and Apu, with not a care in the world (except perhaps where the next meal would come from) are torn away from their village and parents, when a ruthless middleman whisks them away to the city.

There begins Jhalki’s search for her missing brother, a search that will remind you frequently of last

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