• A slim story told with heart, Hawaa Hawaai is among those rare films about the hard lives of impoverished kids that’s never patronizing. Gupte deftly captures the innocence of children, and gives us some terrific moments that are genuinely moving. The occasional false notes notwithstanding, this is a movie that should be watched. I’m going with three out of five for Hawaa Hawaai. Strap up and zoom.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    Partho is a natural. We saw that in his first film, the heart-warming ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’. He’s back tugging at our heartstrings, and it’s a pleasure to hear a young actor actually speaking his lines with such conviction. ‘Hawaa Hawaai’ has a big beating heart, but you wish it had been a better film: it trundles on, leaps up intermittently, but doesn’t fly.

  • Raja Sen
    Raja Sen


    Hawaa Hawaai is an earnest, important and evocative film. It’s a well-textured and etched film, one refreshingly lacking in villains — even the richest, chubbiest kid isn’t a meanie — and one that heartbreakingly but smilingly illustrates the disparity between the kids shown in the film and the kids who can afford to buy theatre tickets to watch this film.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra
    Hindustan Times


    While Hawaa Hawaai isn’t entirely satisfying, I still recommend that you see it. It is a timely reminder of the intractable horrors that children in this country face on a daily basis.

  • Parmita Uniyal
    Parmita Uniyal
    Hindustan Times


    Amole Gupte’s Hawaa Hawaai is not just the story of a skating champion, it’s the story of a huge divide between rich and poor, and it is also the story of underprivileged kids who are told not to dream.
    If you liked Stanley Ka Dabba, you’ll also like this.

  • Kusumita Das
    Kusumita Das
    Deccan Chronicle


    When the story is predictable, a tight script and screenplay needs to take charge. Sadly, it doesn’t. The film’s undoing is the expectations it rides on. This one fails to be an Amole Gupte film.

  • Don’t expect cheap thrills from Hawaa Hawaai. It proffers none. But if it is genuine entertainment that you are looking for, your search ends here.

  • Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Times of India


    HH’s inspiring story is for children, for the child in all of us and for adults who need to wake up to dream again. Amol Gupte’s story is soulful, heart-breaking and hopeful – moving you from tears to deep thought. He skillfully creates a portrait of the lives of deprived children – with profundity and playfulness.

  • Everyone who cribs that Bollywood doesn’t attempt good films, must go see this.

  • Rohit Khilnani
    Rohit Khilnani
    India Today


    It’s a film that will touch your heart but it could have been much better had the focus been just the story. Looks like the emphasis is sometimes only on making you feel bad for the subject which, should come naturally and not be so in your face.

  • Hawaa Hawaai runs the risk of being compared to Gupte’s previous works but as a standalone it is without doubt one of the most brilliant works of recent times. Subtle and empowering with delectable performances of Saqib & Partho adding power to the film, here’s one ultimately satisfying movie that will win you over with its bittersweet and spirited work. I am going with a 3.5/5 recommending that you don’t miss this one.

  • Saurabh Dwivedi
    Saurabh Dwivedi
    India Today


    The story-telling is fantastic, the acting a wonderful topping, and the music a wonderful final finish to the film. Make sure you watch this one, and it’s not just for the kids, it’s a must-watch for the adults too.

  • Taran Adarsh
    Taran Adarsh
    Bollywood Hungama


    …a gem that shouldn’t be missed. A wonderful creation with heartrending emotions, this one’s inspirational and motivating. Strongly recommended!

  • Sachin Chatte
    Sachin Chatte
    The Navhind Times


    A few dramatic moments notwithstanding, Haawa Hawaai is eminently worth a watch. Get, set, go!

  • The film is not flawless; yes, there are some clichés and some needless pandering to Muslim sentiments reminiscent of the movies of the 1970s. But I am willing to overlook those because this is a film with a heart.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    All said and done, Hawaa Hawaai is a feature film. It isn’t the tautest piece of artistic cinema ever made. In fact, at times, its emotion heavy scenes seem a little too scripted. But you can’t deny the fact that this film has a solid heart of gold.

  • HAWAA HAWAAI is refreshing, unique, charming, challenging, uplifting… HAWAA HAWAAI bares its soul! Let your kids take flight this summer, with HAWAA HAWAAI.

    Take a bow, Amole Gupte… we need more films like these.

  • While most of the film is delightful and tugs at your heart, at some points, it seemed like the screenplay has been manipulated to get the audiences’ empathy. Not such a bad thing, now only if the effort didn’t show. But then a film with the right intention and its heart in the right place shouldn’t be missed. Watch this one.

  • Subhash K Jha
    Subhash K Jha


    Hawaa Hawaii is an extraordinary saga of ordinary lives, the kind we often pass by at traffic signals .Amole Gupte penetrates the heart mind soul and dreams of those unsung lives. This is the most moving film on street kids since Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay. Take a bow, Mr Gupte. This is a not-to-be-missed life-changing experience.

  • While the end hints at melodrama and an obvious ‘Bhaag Milka Bhaag’ connection, Amole manages to steer clear of turning it into regular Bollywood grab.

    We recommend a trip to the cinemas, armed with a big box of tissues. Believe me, you’d thank us for it!

  • I did feel that he did go a little over the top, sticking to a predictable underdog story line. Stanley ka Dabba, was in many ways a far more restrained, nuanced and subtle film that really shocks and pains you. Hawaa Hawaai doesn’t quite have the same effect but it’s still a film that plays to win and has its audience firmly on it’s side, laughing, crying, cheering and praying for the boy to finally fly.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta's Blog


    Hawaa Hawaai is a fine entertainer which makes the audience laugh, cry, cheer and enjoy. It has the potential to be a hit but its extremely poor start will tell on its business in the final tally. Word of mouth for the film will be positive because of which box-office collections, which were very poor on the first day, will pick up as the days progress.

  • Hawaa Hawaai is an endearing film for sure. It is also a statement. The film speaks for the director’s apparent ease with subjects involving a child. It affirms that writing Taare Zameen Par was not a fluke. And neither was making Stanley ka Dabba. This is one director who knows his emotions. Enjoy this Hawaa Hawaai. Be inspired!

  • Daily Bhaskar
    Daily Bhaskar
    Daily Bhaskar


    Hawaa Hawaai is a special film, and there was a need to promote it in a special way. However, there is hardly any buzz about the film. The film is releasing with 5 other Bollywood films this week, so it is hard for it stand out. If you are a lover of simple cinema, go for it. You can also wait for the movie to get TV premier.

  • Juhi Matta
    Juhi Matta


    Hawaa Hawaai is the ideal combination of comedy and drama. The movie tackles serious topics in a light-hearted manner. It also has good music and brilliant acting, making it the perfect package.

  • Bollywood Life
    Bollywood Life
    Bollywood Life


    As much as I liked the film, there were a few loop holes like the pace of the film. Also in some parts the plot jumps suddenly. Though this isn’t really a major problem, more precision would have certainly helped the film quite a lot. To sum it up, Hawaa Hawaai is one of the biggest examples of modern cinema and should have its rightful existence amongst a plethora of big budget films. Watch it for the thought invested in the project if not for anything else.

  • Hawaa Hawaai needed some sparseness and quiet, but even with all the noise, you will love Arjun and his friends, and cheer them on. In dramatic pitch, Hawaa Hawaai is much more brassy than Stanley Ka Dabba, Gupte’s first film as director, also about an underprivileged child affirming life. The emphasis on melodrama lends the film a soap-operatic quality it doesn’t need, because the story has a linear, classic underdog graph, leading up to a climactic race—a Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, but with a socialist engagement with poverty and its trappings.

  • This is a black-and-white, predictable film; but still watchable for the incredible child actors, the infallible underdog story, and some warm moments.

  • Hawaa Hawaai’s story has a very “been there, seen that” feeling about it. The melodrama doesn’t help its case. And then it has a preachy undertone, which borderline beats its own purpose. The good thing is, every time it goes into one of these zones, it manages to get back on track pretty quickly. In fact, it even makes some points rather subtly, in contrast to its own style thus far.

  • There’s so much goodness, so much warmth and such honesty in Hawaa Hawaai’s intentions, it’s hard to not have your heart melt. Chances are, the film will also make you want to put on those rolling skates, even though at the risk of landing you hard on your behind or – as Gochi calls it – “naram naram bun pav”.

  • Rahul Desai
    Rahul Desai
    Mumbai Mirror


    Gupte works hard to imbibe collections of moments into his storytelling; the love and conviction for his subject is indisputable. Hawaa Hawaai isn’t as compelling as his previous efforts, but still merits a watch for the gratifying culture he has constructed.

  • IANS
    Gulf News


    Hawaa Hawaai is an extraordinary saga of ordinary lives, the kind we often pass by at traffic signals. Gupte penetrates the heart, mind, soul and dreams of those unsung lives. This is the most moving film on street kids since Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay.
    This is a not-to-be-missed life-changing experience.