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Times of India
A group of school kids go out of their way to help their new friend attend school.
Summer vacations for kids mean family trips or hobby workshops. This time though, Marathi filmmakers have added a dose of entertainment to the holidays with a slew of children's films releasing over the next couple of months. Aatli Batli Phutli (ABP) is one among these.
The film starts with the introduction of all the kids who play important roles in the film, including Asha who has recently moved in with her maternal uncle and aunt in the locality. On their way to school, the kids see Asha looking at them with a lot of hope and they decide to become friends with her. They invite her to play but she refuses due to the fear of her aunt who doesn't allow her to do anything except household chores. When the kids come to know about this, with the help of their school bus driver and a neighbour, they manage to get her admitted in school. Soon after, there is a turn of events that lead to some startling revelations about Asha's uncle and aunt.
ABP has its heart in the right place. It conveys a message of cooperation among children and shows them how being self-centred is wrong but the film however, falters in the execution. Some of the kids are talented but most of the elders cast in the film look amateurish and deliver accordingly.
Some scenes leave a lasting impression but the rest is typical run-off-the-mill stuff. That said, it is a good watch for the kids who might get a lesson or two about sharing, from the film.
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