Hope Aur Hum Reviews
Hope Aur Hum is a well-intentioned film. It has its heart in the right place and manages to seep you in its own nostalgia and think of things beyond the film. But there’s something that doesn’t quite make it through. The message of this family drama stays with you but the film, unfortunately, might not.
Hope Aur Hum doesn't believe in subtlety when it comes to drumming home its message of old giving way to the new, saddling Naseeruddin Shah with the burden of making audiences hope that, surely, there is something better around the corner.
Hope Aur Hum never strays into complicated territory and sticks to its gentle celebration of everyday highs and lows. Its idealism may seem intentional, but never ever contrived.
While the philosophising doesn’t get too heavy, towards the end one feels there could have been a better, more layered payoff rather than the simple one that is served. The film is more interesting in parts, while the whole feels a bit disjointed. A tighter script could have helped, but for now the little gags in the film work just fine.
Everything old is eventually replaced by something new, and it's best to adapt. Whether it is an ancient photocopier or a big old house. This is a lesson that this small feel-good family film that has the heart in its right place brings on the big screen. They try really hard and even though little scenes from the film are good, the film drags on and on and you wish it should have been made for TV movie instead.
The film boasts of moderate production values. The background score by Rupert Fernandez is bright and chirpy. The songs; "Aache bachche rote nahin" and "Aye Zindagi" snuggly mesh into the narrative.Overall, the film is slight too flat and straight.
Audience Reviews for Hope Aur Hum
If Sudip Bandyopadhyay's Hope Aur Hum was any more simple, I would be looking at a plain piece of paper for 100 minutes. That is the type of calmness and whiteness that the makers concoct in this family drama that talks about aging in general. Naseeruddin Shah plays a grandfather who is in love and respect with his WWII-era German photocopying machine so much that it is housed in a room big enough to accommodate an Indian politician's ego. The rest of the family has a problem with it is not something that he pays attention to unless he realizes one day that old is not always gold. What prevents Hope Aur Hum from becoming dull with this lackluster story arc is the other characters played with finesse by Sonali Kulkarni and Naveen Kasturia to name a few. Ignore the acting performances of the two kid artistes and you will complete watching this film in a much more light mood. It has some great conversations that you can relate with and that will put a smile on our face. Hope Aur Hum is a bonafide feel good movie and one that might stay with you for a few days. Which is, let's agree, not very rare in the Hindi indie scene. nairtejas.com.