The blue umbrella

The blue umbrella

DVD - 2007 | Hindi
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Biniya, a 10-year-old girl from an idyllic mountain village in north India, discovers a blue umbrella. She has never seen anything more beautiful. Neither has Nandkishore Khatri, a miserly old man who runs a tea house. Nandkishore goes to remarkable lengths to swindle the blue umbrella from Biniya.
Publisher: New York, NY : UTV Communications, c2007
Branch Call Number: BLU
Characteristics: 1 DVD (92 min.)


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Mar 24, 2015

Vishal Bhardwa goes heavy on the metaphors in this simple story about the transformative power of innocence and the wages of avarice. Precocious little Biniya (newcomer Shreya Sharma so full of sugar and spice you don’t know whether to hug her to death or just drown her) trades in her precious good luck charm for a beautiful blue umbrella. Since none of the neighbours in her remote northern village have ever seen anything like it before Biniya and her glorious parasol quickly become the centre of attention drawing locals and tourists alike. Shopkeeper Nandu, on the other hand, openly covets the girl’s prized possession, desiring its simple beauty (and ability to attract customers) for himself. Despite his best offers Biniya stubbornly refuses to part with her umbrella causing his jealousy to turn into an obsession. And then the umbrella goes missing, breaking the girl’s heart and throwing the village into an uproar as accusations fly and Nandu protests his innocence. But when he receives an exquisite red umbrella in the mail Nandu finally gains the notoriety he’d been hoping for as all eyes focus on him. Fame, however, can be a fickle thing especially when it is ill-gained… Bland performances and the usual Bollywood hokum are offset somewhat by a fairy tale aesthetic which sees Biniya singing and dancing her way to wisdom while Nandu huffs and scowls through adversity towards redemption. In the end, however, it was the arresting cinematography which finally won me over. Shot in the shadow of the Himalayas Bhardwaj’s film revels in colour and texture whether he’s shooting a wedding procession making its way through a gentle fall of snow or a child draped in scarlet fabric twirling beneath an endless sky. There is a lyrical quality to his parable which glosses over much of its technical shortcomings (like shoddy editing) and makes a rather glib moral all the more palatable. Sweet and easy on the eyes.

RustyRook Mar 12, 2012

A simple story done wonderfully. A breathtaking show by Pankaj Kapoor, who plays a tea-stall owner trying to get a young girl's beautiful umbrella for himself. I give the director a lot of credit for his remarkable work at the helm.

Mar 25, 2011

this movie is very nostalgic. It is as if you are back in your grade 8 litreture class reading short stories. Loved the performace by Pankaj Kapoor and the child artist

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