What a gem of a movie that went unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of Bollywood’s glam. Released at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2015 it took this movie over a year to make its way back to India to be released in June of 2016. At less than two hours this is a must watch.

In this world of shiny big objects, worldly success, the rat race towards an end that likely doesn’t even exist there are these two little orphaned siblings in a village in Rajasthan with simple dreams and an attitude I wish I could borrow. They embark on a relentless journey to regain the little brother’s eyesight which he lost as a four year old due to malnutrition. It’s a story as much about the goal as it is about the journey. Despite the hardships of these little children the way they – literally – walk through life is admirable. It restores my faith in “good things happen to good people”.

Hard to believe the child actors are not actually siblings. The love between them is palpable. Pari’s never ending smile and Chotu’s zest for life are infectious. Dhanak is beautifully crafted with emotions, a touch of hope, and not to forget soul-touching Marwari songs!

Thank Goodness movies like these are still being made. (10/10)




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