Indian cinema is steadily changing its preferences towards good films, those that are grounded in reality and stories that can stir one’s heart. ‘Yeh Khula Aasmaan’ is a noble attempt but the story, although relatable and completely realistic, does not manage to have the impact that the likes of ‘Udaan’, ‘Taare Zameen Par’ or other films that have dealt with crises of children have had.

Yeh Khula Aasmaan is about Avinash, essayed confidently by Raj Tandon, who is exhausted and frustrated with his failures at his studies. His parents are too engrossed in the quest of materialistic happiness to be bothered about their child’s growing list of woes. Finding no solace or any solutions to his overbearing trauma, young Avinash decides to pay a visit to his grandfather’s, something the family has not done for almost a decade. It is his tryst with his granddad Raghuveer Yadav that his perception of life changes. He receives all the lessons that he needs in life to excel.

To be fair to the makers and director Gitanjali Sinha, Yeh Khula Aasmaan strikes some chords, but only in bits and pieces. Raghuveer Yadav is simply superb in his role that seems like tailor made for him and Raj Tandon may bag the best child artiste or debutant award at some functions but in essence Yeh Khula Aasmaan remains an average film.

The trouble starts when one realizes that Gitanjali Sinha does not have much to offer than the occasional lessons on life, sometimes verbally and sometimes using metaphors. The kite flying sequences do not excite and the climax lacks punch. We desperately wanted Udaan’s Rohan to break free from the shackles of his father but here the story does not manage to stir up enough emotions for Avinash.

‘Yeh Khula Aasmaan’ is sweet, a story that has heart and soul along with some soulful music. The title track works well and the supporting cast blends in with fine performances apart from the talented Yashpal Sharma who seems to be a misfit as a professional in the UK. The cinematography and editing is simple and perhaps a bit more value in the production would have gone in favor of the film.

Touted as a film which has been to various festivals across the world, Yeh Khula Aasmaan is certainly not our ‘400 Blows’ or anything close. It remains as a film that can be anyone’s adolescent life and the lack of anything else pulls it down. The script and screenplay should have been further worked upon. It perhaps would have been better if the film was a bit fast paced to keep one inclined to the proceedings but the story unravels too slowly to hold your attention in a multiplex. Many lessons of life can be imparted through films but ‘Yeh Khula Aasmaan’ becomes too simple a film to have that impact. At times, even keeping things subtle do not work well and there is a need for further explorations of a story and Gitanjali Sinha missed out on those cues.


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