Ultimately, this could have been a sweet, unusual tale about the triumph of a nerd, yet it's let down by its affected tone. I'm going with two out of five for Gippi. Alas, many of the film's better ideas are lost in execution.
It's nice for Gippi to be saying what it does. That fat and frumpy is not bad. That it is quite all right to be who you are, and not anyone else. That winning is not everything. But it would have been nicer if it had been said in a newer, fresher way.
If you’re a loud person like me, then I suggest you pick up some friends and go and watch Gippi in a theatre. Otherwise, buy the DVD later but you will miss some great surround sound! It really is a great movie and I think the 11-21 year olds will love it.
For all its attempts to look and feel different from the run-of-the-mill, Gippi is pretty obviously not the ultimate film about adolescence.
Overall, a simple story that stays pre-pubescent and doesn't quite grow into the high-school of stories.
There is something innocent and vulnerable about Gippi that touches a chord, but it is the unnecessary mix and match of clichéd moments and mundane dialogues that prevents the film from rising above the ordinary.
Gippi instilled in its stereotypical clichéd format, is still a pleasantly surprising venture on celluloid. Made with great sensitivity, it is a tender story of adolescent age. There are minor hiccups in the plot; but Riya Vij’s immaculate work, in a story that is Bollywood’s answer to Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries, is commendable. There isn’t anything pristine in the film, but it evokes a sense of nostalgia that embeds with its story to leave a salient impact.
Riya Vij is spontaneous as Gippi. The mom-daughter chemistry between Riya and Divya Dutta is natural, too. But the film could have done with some solid writing, notably in the second half. Gippi is a coming-of-age flick that doesn't quite come of age.
On the whole, GIPPI is a credible take on the 'coming-of-age' variety of movies. This one's straight from the heart. Sweet, simple, emotionally engaging, heart-warming cinema!
This coming-of-age teen comedy is the cutest film you’ll watch this year. You’d want to do pinch the cheeks of the person sitting next to you.
GIPPI is delectably served. Not only the girls, but also boys of every age will love it. Moreover, parents are going to have a fab time identifying with the characteristics of the children enacting various roles. Puberty was never so well-presented on screen before!
Riya Vij is simply adorable as Gippi and there is an earnestness and confidence visible on screen which is pretty commendable for a first timer.
An opportunity made to go waste by director Sonam Nair, specially considering she got oodles of acting talent on her side.