Background score , cinematography and supporting cast scores high points and songs stir up emotions. Ghuri celebrates the spirit of friendship. It's a must-watch.
Inseparable as friends in their childhood, Sunny (Rohit) and Sikandar (Soham Moitra) go separate ways owing to an act of cowardice and subsequent betrayal by the former. 20 years later, Sunny embarks on a risky journey through the realms of danger to free Sikandar's son from the shackles of terrorist captivity.
Riingo's Ghuri, based on Khaled Hosseini's award-winning novel 'The Kite Runner' is a predictable story in the first half and borrows much from the book. Sunny is a peace-loving boy living in a fictitious place called Inshanpur with his dad (Barun Chanda) and uncle (Kaushik Ganguly). He's best friends with Sikandar, son of their household help Karim, despite stark contrast in their characters. Sunny, is a peace-loving child who takes a back step in front of danger while Sikandar takes on goons of the locality without a trace of fear. Inshanpur is largely inhabited by ILF, a group of localites who start off as threatening goons only to become a deadly terrorist gang feared by one and all. The first half of the story revolves around their friendship and Sunny's unfaithfulness towards Sikandar. The second half, drags a little and deals with the journey of redemption when Sunny, in a bid to erase the stains of disloyalty towards his friend in the past, tries to free Sikandar's son who's held captive by the ILF terrorist gang.
While the editing could have been better in the second half, the camera work is laudable. But despite jerky editing, what works for the film is the top-notch cinematography. Picturesque beaches are captured beautifully and look great on the screen. A major portion of the story is depicted through expressions. The scene where Sunny betrays Sikandar and the latter doesn't refute his claim is beautifully shot. There are barely any dialogues- only subtle expressions that convey Sunny's lack of guilt and Sikandar's love for his friend. They say, the hardest battles are the ones you fight within. Sunny's constant battle within his heart and mind stemming from jealousy towards Sikandar, too, is portrayed beautifully.
There's a scene in the movie where Sikandar, standing behind Sunny, flashes a smile of pride as the latter wins the title of 'Akasher Badshah,' a kite flying competition. The sparkle in Soham's eyes, the expressions on his face tells us that a star is born. Ghuri, which relies largely on the acting prowess of debutant child actors, is more than just friendship. It delves deep, scouring the murky pits of terrorism. What works further for the film is a great supporting cast. Kaushik Chakraborty as the ruthless ILF leader Ba, Kaushik Ganguly as Sunny's uncle and Joy Sengupta as the grown-up Sunny do justice to their roles. Background score too scores high points and songs stir up emotions. Ghuri celebrates the spirit of friendship through a grave issue in today's world- terrorism. It's a must-watch.