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Blue Mountains: As distant as the hills

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Film: Blue Mountains

Cast:  Ranvir Shorey, Rajpal Yadav, Gracy Singh, Yatharth Gautam

Director: Suman Ganguly


A celebrated singer Vani (Gracy Singh) gives up her career for love and years later when her teenage son Som (Yatharth Gautam) envisions interest in a song based reality TV show, her husband Om (Ranvir Shorey) decries otherwise. After taking a hard hit on her self-worth, Vani decides to support and groom her son in his endeavour to become a celebrity singer. Unfortunately the vagaries of the TV game format don’t allow for continued success and the once friendly young boy turns sullen and even suicidal – saved in the nick-of-time by the overly friendly milkman (Rajpal Yadav).

While the intention to peddle a message is all very well-intentioned, it doesn’t quite play out in a manner that is compelling enough. That parents shouldn’t thrust their own unfulfilled ambitions on their children is a message that is purposeful but the script goes out of the way to squeeze in teen romance, buddy comedy and unpalatable hysterics in its attempt to get to the point. Teen actor Yatharth Gautam, who himself has gone through the grind in a TV reality show may not have presence or looks but he does decently so far as emulating the real thing is concerned.

Gracy Singh really did not need to crawl out of wherever she was hiding, for this ill-defined role and the talented Ranvir Shorey should make sure that his role is far more worthy of his talent, than this ill conceived one. The song ‘Kare Kare Badra’ though melodious, and despite its varied revisits, fails to ignite interest.

The youngsters within the frame look native but fail to lend distinctiveness to the hackneyed narrative. The film is set in Himachal Pradesh, and has lovely snow capped vistas on show to keep the eye entranced. But it’s not enough to camouflage the unaccomplished brashness of its underdeveloped premise.