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Times of India
Take it Easy depicts the contemporary dilemma of urban children, who are constantly pressured to excel in academics, sports or whatever else their ambitious parents wish them to pursue.
Given the practical world we live in, this film raises an extremely valid point. What's more important... to become a good person or a successful one? Since most adults would choose the latter, considering it to be the need of the hour, it's the children, who end up bearing the brunt of that decision.
Young protagonists Ajay (Yash Ghanekar) and Raghu (Prasad Reddy), who belong to a different social background, fall victim to the rising expectations of their parents, who assume that an 'expensive international school' is a guaranteed ticket to better future. They emotionally blackmail their children into believing that they are obligated to realise their unfulfilled dreams.
Ajay's rich parents (Joy Sengupta, Dipannita Sharma) want him to be number one - be it studies or sports. They lure him by getting expensive and unwanted gifts. Raghu aspires to be an astronaut but his father (Raj Zutshi) wants him to become an Olympic athlete. Burdened by their parents' expectations, the two decide to follow their heart, without being rebellious. Can the parents learn a thing or two about life from these kids?
In terms of subject, the makers nail it. Their message of how 'everything is judged on the basis of money than character today' comes across clearly. However, the execution could have been crisper, more authentic. The story keeps beating around the bush for no reason, when the impact has already been made. The dramatization is uncalled for, especially towards the end. What could have been an otherwise heartrending climax, gets faltered when stretched for no rhyme or reason. Why beg for tears?
Also, the film lacks continuity and gives an impression that certain portions were chopped off randomly to cut the length.
Raj Zutshi stands out and so do the two children. The film tries too hard to hold you emotionally. If only the makers took it easy, this one could have been a winner.
चंद्रमोहन शर्मा, नई दिल्ली
नए साल के पहले शुक्रवार को मेकर्स फिल्म रिलीज करने से कतराते हैं। हालांकि, यंग डायरेक्टर सुनील प्रेम व्यास ने न्यूकमर्स को लेकर बनी इस फिल्म को साल के पहले शुक्रवार को रिलीज किया। आमिर खान की तारे जमीं पर और थ्री इडियट्स में जो मेसेजे दिया गया था, कुछ वैसा ही संदेश इस फिल्म में देने की कोशिश की गई है। कमजोर स्क्रिप्ट और सतही निर्देशन के बीच संदेश कमजोर पड़ जाता है। फिल्म के आखिर में यह समझाने की कोशिश की गई है कि कहीं हम अपने बच्चों को अच्छा इंसान बनाने की बजाय उन्हें ऐसी अंधेरी डगर की ओर जाने को मजबूर तो नहीं कर रहे, जहां वह नहीं जाना चाहते।
कहानी फिल्म की कहानी 10-12 साल के 2 दोस्तों अजय और रघु की है। अजय के पापा के पास पैसे की कमी नहीं है। रघु, मिडिल क्लास फैमिली से है। अजय और रघु की फैमिली चाहती है कि उनके बच्चे उन सपनों को पूरा करें, जो वह खुद नहीं कर पाए। अजय के पापा चाहते हैं कि उनका बेटा अपनी क्लास में ही नहीं, पूरे स्कूल में अव्वल आए। स्कूल में होने वाली हर प्रतियोगिता में भी वह अजय को हमेशा नंबर वन देखना चाहते हैं। दूसरी ओर, रघु के पापा राष्ट्रीय लेवल के ऐथलीट रहे हैं, लेकिन इंटरनैशनल प्रतियोगिता में वह अपने देश के लिए कभी पदक नहीं ला पाए। अब रघु के पापा चाहते हैं कि उनका बेटा स्टडी में तो नंबर वन आए ही, साथ ही स्कूल में होने वाले खेल के मुकाबलों में भी नंबर वन आए। अजय और रघु के बीच चल रही नंबर वन की दौड़ और प्रेशर से इनकी दोस्ती ईष्या में बदल जाती है। हालांकि, इसका अहसास दोनों को जल्द ही हो जाता है।
ऐक्टिंग स्कूल प्रिसिंपल के किरदार में विक्रम गोखले ने अपने दमदार अभिनय से दर्शकों की वाहवाही बटोरी, तो वहीं लंबे अर्से बाद स्क्रीन पर नजर आईं दीपनिता शर्मा अपने रोल को बस निभा भर गईं। जॉय सेन गुप्ता और राज जुत्शी ठीकठाक रहे।
डायरेक्शन 2 घंटे की कहानी के साथ दर्शकों को स्टार्ट टु लास्ट तक बांध कर न रख पाना यकीनन डायरेक्टर सुनील प्रेम व्यास के निर्देशन की कमजोरी है। बेशक अजय और रघु के किरदारों पर तो उन्होंने मेहनत की, लेकिन बाकी हर ऐक्टर स्क्रीन पर अपने डायलॉग बोलता या फिर भाषणबाजी करता नजर आता है। इंटरवल के बाद ऐसा लगता है कि कहानी को जबरन आगे बढ़ाया जा रहा है।
क्यों देखें फिल्म में एक अच्छा मेसेज देने की पहल की गई है। हां, यह बात अलग है कि आप इसी मेसेज को इससे पहले जोरदार ढंग से देख चुके हैं। यह फिल्म बस टाइम पास के लिए है।
Another brick AWOL
In the 1992 Olympics, British runner Derek Redmond was the favourite to win the men's 400 meters event. Midway through the race, he pulled his hamstring, and just like that, his dreams were shattered. As he got up and burst into tears, his father-who was in the crowd-ran to him and helped him limp to the finish line. On Youtube, this video is scored to Josh Groban's You Raise Me Up. This 3-minute video, even with corny music, tells the bittersweet story of a demanding father and his driven son better than most 3-hour movies.
Take It Easy has a 40-minute inter-school race climax, a complete antithesis of this video, and resembles an endless motivational presentation. The race, in real time, is a minute long. Every millisecond is milked for all its worth. There are more reaction shots, slow-mo kicks, running legs, Jo Jeeta hangovers, crowd shots and parent epiphanies than in Amole Gupte's entire filmography.
There's more heart on paper than in this tedious on-screen execution. Apart from contrived events that lead to this needless race, the film attempts to touch upon a relevant problem. It explores, through interlinked stories of two 10-year-old classmates, psyches of modern-day parents and their endless quest for their kids' excellence.
I've watched, especially in bigger cities, as kids grow up in a haze of tuition classes, tennis lessons, ballet lessons, piano lessons and dance practices. Their hearts are big, but their schoolbags outweigh them. This film is a loud representation of their lives, and the influences that shape them.
Ajay has parents who want him to be academically brilliant, but he wants to be an athlete. Raghu has a bitter ex-Olympian crippled father (Zutshi; ham) who wants him to run, but he wants to be an astronaut.
Almost every sequence begins with them being slapped by their folks. There are other silly caricatures-an evil chairwoman (Supriya Karnik; ham), a wise grandfather (Anang Desai), a wise grandmother (Sulbha Arya) and wise teachers. So much wisdom but not one smart choice.
The amateur craft doesn't support them either, except for some montages that resemble a certain rebellious Pink Floyd anthem.
Just like cinematic villains verbally spell out their master plans, children in this movie seem to be completely self-aware. Their lines are like recitals; a little girl who can barely pronounce her own name tells her friends that she fails purposely so that her parents don't expect too much. It's clear that these kids don't know any better, and are voicing their writers' opinions.
Perhaps this same movie with teenagers would have made more sense. Sadly, we'll never know.
The film is about the pressure that kids undergo. Reportedly the makers were planning to include a suicide scene in the film but decided against it.
Take It Easy is Raj Zutshi's 100th film.
Despite being in pain after a knee transplant operation, veteran actor Vikram Gokhale made it a point to complete the shooting for the film.
Take It Easy depicts how today's parents pre-decide their children's ambitions and burden them to be over-achievers. Ten-year-olds Ajay and Raghu go through a similar dilemma and thus become friends. Ajay's parents want him to excel in academics but he's keen on pursuing sports. Likewise, Raghu's father wants him to be an Olympic athlete, when the son aspires to be an astronaut. By not achieving what their parents expect of them, the boys are labeled as duffers. Frustrated and burdened by expectations, in spite of being forced to act against their wishes, the children still continue to respect their parents. In the final race, both Raghu and Ajay are warned by their respective fathers that they have to win, if they wish to continue studying in an 'international school'. While running, owing to his heart condition, Raghu collapses but tells Ajay not to worry and finish the race. However, Ajay stops, ignores the competition, looks after Raghu and carries him on his back to finish the race. Other children participating in the race respect that and do not overtake the two deliberately. They all win, thus teaching a lesson of humanity to their competitive parents.
Take It Easy was expected to break the norms in the contemporary system of bringing children in the competitive world.
According to a report on Boxofficeindia.com, the film made Rs 31.94 lakh in its first week. Its total collection stands at Rs 34.81 lakh at the end of three weeks.