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Times of India
: School Bus is a tale of a 12-year-old schoolboy Ajoy who bunks school after an act invites the ire of his teachers and his classmate's father. After his parents and the police are brought into the fold, he decides to run away from home fearing repercussions. How the adults discover themselves in the process of finding Ajoy forms the plot.
: Children's lives can be as magical as can be, but only if their family and friends nurture and foster that creativity. The protagonist in Rosshan Andrrew's directorial is a 12-year-old boy Ajoy (Master Aakash Muraleedharan), who stares at the distant mountains from his home in a skyscraper and is amazed when he listens to tales from other children who swim in rivers and swing from vines in the forests.
For the initial half, Bobby-Sanjay's duo script follows Ajoy, who one day decides to secretly cut down a beehive in the school premises to taste honey. This act though injures his classmate and draws the ire of the school authorities. Ajoy then decides to skip school for three days along with his younger sister (Baby Angelina Rosshan) without informing his parents. However, when his parents and the police are brought into the fold along with half-baked and extrapolated information from his buddies, Ajoy decides to run away from home. In the process of finding him, his parents and a cop discover themselves.
Credit must be given to scribes Bobby and Sanjay, who wrote the taut scripts of Traffic and How Old Are You, for dabbling with this genre. While the first half is a simple affair, they have a tighter grip on the latter half inserting enough thrilling elements. Despite the attempts, the story becomes predictable real soon. The duo has succeeded to an extent in accentuating the value of relationships.
Jayasurya and Aparna shine in their roles - especially in scenes when the couple discusses what went wrong with their parenting. Some of the lines about what a father has not done is often the highlight and how the mom wants a second chance to understand her son from his perspective strike a chord. Kunchacko Boban's naive cop act comes through well, however his transformation into a superior capable of making his decisions is not convincing. The stand-out scenes though belong to the kids - Baby Angelina and Master Aakash - especially the ones in which she covers for her brother.
C K Muraleedharan's frames are delightful. He resorts to keeping it simple - be it the ones that showcase a home that has children with parents who pride on discipline or those that show the forest in its grand scale. With barely two-hours of runtime, School Bus is a movie that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike and has also a social message that accompanies every Bobby-Sanjay duo's film.