I had given my opinion after watching this movie on the same day on Facebook. Below is the same.
Let me come directly to the point. I just came back home watching HELLARO movie which won the Best Feature film in 66th National Film Awards. However, on a contrary India's official entry for Oscar is GULLY BOY. I am not denying the fact that GULLY BOY is equally amazing movie in cinematic and story wise, but I don't think it was Oscar worthy. Although these days there is a big question mark on credibility of Oscar, but that is a separate topic of discussion.
Being a cinema lover, I felt that India just missed an opportunity of bringing Oscar home by not sending HELLARO to Oscars. I generally don't write reviews or any posts as I am not an expert here or don't possess the skills to do the same. But not seeing review from known critics/reviewer of a National award-winning film does make be feel sad as they are busy reviewing movies like Houseful 4, despite knowing that it is not cinema, maybe they get paid more there even just to write about it. By the way they also review English movies. A passionate film critique job doesn't just stop at just reviewing the popular films or the language in which they are comfortable in, Cinema is beyond languages & popularity, I am not asking them to review each regional movie, but they can at least review film which has won a major national award.
As far as my opinion goes, HELLARO was incredible in all the aspects. The film has amazing production value in terms of performances by all the actors which are very real, right pacing/editing, special mention for cinematography for capturing colorful canvas and showing just enough light for the night scenes, being a garba based movie, music played a key role which touched the right chord with the viewer and does justice to the story, some dialogs really packed a punch and the amazing scene designs by use of slow motion in right sense which will definitely give you goosebumps. To put this in a nutshell, this film has set the benchmark in Gujarati film industry. Well I can keep writing about Climax, but I think you should watch it to experience it. This film may not even last a week in Mumbai, but it may, if you go to watch this film after reading this note.
P.S: When I searched on YouTube for this film review, I got few reviews by some YouTube users with 4K-6K views on their video. However, these days there is trend of few YouTuber who just react on the videos and their reaction to HELLARO has more than 50K views and they are not even Indian YouTuber :D
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