Hawaa Hawaai (2014) Hindi Movie Review | 25 Critic Reviews | Partho Gupte, Saqib Saleem


Partho Gupte, Saqib Saleem, Pragya Yadav

Hawaa Hawaai Posterdirection:

Amole Gupte


Amole Gupte


Amole Gupte



Amol Gole


Hitesh Sonik

produced by:

Amole Gupte, Deepak Bhatia


weird aggregate rating 6.6/10Hindi



release date:

run time:
120 Minutes


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Reviews- (Ratings out of 10)
  •  Times of India -Madhureeta Mukherjee Rating-7
Even slumdogs have dreams bundled away in their crumbling chawls, beneath piles of garbage and atop roofless homes. So what if it's not about millions and mansions, chateaus or chartered planes. Their sapna is made of strong stuff too. As kadak as the chai Arjun Harishchandra Waghmare (Partho)
  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-7
Hawaa Hawaai picks up from the grim note where Stanley Ka Dabba had ended. Quite like the earlier, it is a simple story which has a message beyond the comprehension of the young audiences it is catering to. Once we enter adulthood, the plethora of problems faced by a child becomes
  •  Moviez Adda -Divya Solgama Rating-8
This movie has all the dum required for a simple heart touching feel good film. It might not be on lines of Amole's earlier films, but still is one of the better films from this year. You will love the whole premise attached to the film along with superb performances and wonderful moments indulged in
  •  Rediff -Raja Sen Rating-7
It is a rare and wondrous thing when students genuinely admire a teacher.I remember sniggering cruelly many years ago when my kid brother, extolling the virtues of one of those self-aggrandising heads of tuition institutes, resolutely referred to him as "Sir Vipin" instead of "Vipin Sir,"
  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-7
At a time when almost all reputed names in the industry are planning mega-projects, casting top-of-the-league names to ensure a record start at the ticket window, Amole Gupte seems to be an exception. He casts a kid [yet again!] in the central role and ventures to narrate the boy's

  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-8
At first blush, the plot premise of Hawaa Hawaai may sound unpromising and hackneyed. But the film has just enough wind in its sails to make it across the finish line with some effort to spare. To put it in one line, the film is about a luckless Dharavi boy who surmounts a mountain of hurdles

  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-5
I love underdogs. Who doesn’t? Especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and show the privileged what’s what. And even more so when they are played by a bunch of endearing fellows, led by a lad who has a flame in his eyes, and a pleasing steadiness of purpose.

  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-7
If the 2011 release Stanley Ka Dabba filmmaker Amole Gupte struck a chord with you then, you will be impressed with Hawaa Hawaai too. Having mastered the art of working with kids, Gupte once again has his son playing the lead.Hawaa Hawaai is the story of Arjun Waghmare (Partho Gupte)

  •  IBN Live -Rajeev Masand Rating-6
Hawaa Hawaai, directed by Amole Gupte, is about a poor fatherless boy who works at a tea stall, but nurses dreams of skating like the rich kids in the neighborhood. Like in his earlier film, 2011's Stanley Ka Dabba, Gupte addresses themes of child labor, economic inequality and the

  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-6
Writer-director Amole Gupte’s forte is working with children. In films like Taare Zameen Par and Stanley Ka Dabba, he presented children in all their heartbreaking vulnerability and complexity. Unlike the usual Bollywood kids, the ones in Amole’s films never seem to be acting.

  •  DNA -Sarita Tanwar Rating-7
Bollywood ignores two genres of films, sports and children's films. Amole Gupte brings both the genres together in one moving, touching and an emotional tale of a boy's dream.  Hawaa Hawaai is the story of a boy Arjun (Partho Gupte) who moves to Mumbai along with his mother,

  •  Deccan Chronicle -Kusumita Das Rating-4
The story is something that’s totally up Gupte’s alley. A 12 or 13-year-old boy who falls into bad times after his father’s sudden demise and then finds a job as an assistant at a roadside tea stall. His contribution to the family income is 50 rupees per day.

  •  India Today -Saurabh Dwivedi Rating-8
The story revolves around Arjun (Partho Gupte), a little boy who works in a tea shop earning a living. He sees before him kids skating and whizzing past him. The skates catch his fancy. He discovers he now has a new goal in life: to learn skating.Arjun's five friends, of which one works in a car workshop,

  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-6
His name is Arjun Harishchandra Waghmare (Partho Gupte), but the tea stall owner who has employed him calls him Raju. It’s convenient that way, even if undignified. The boy, who should ideally be in school, will now work there 10 hours a day if not more.

  •  Time Out -Aniruddha Guha Rating-7
2011’s Stanley Ka Dabba was a real victory for Hindi cinema. Amole Gupte’s first film as director won us over with its gentle, unhurried narration and heartwarming story. The film ended on a rather grave note, shaking us up with the reality of its protagonist - a young boy who worked for

  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-5
Arjun Harishchandra Waghmare (Partho) is a champion, but he doesn't know it yet. He is convinced that his father (Deshpande) was a champion when he was alive. That he chooses the sport of skating to be closer to his father is incidental; it could have been something less frenetic

  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-8
It's rare to see a film with characters neatly crafted. Rarer still where every actor is a possible protagonist and no single actor is given a 'favored treatment'. That is the beauty of a well-made film. It also speaks volumes about the vision of the person behind the camera; in this case Amole Gupte.
  •  Mid Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-6
There is an immensely talented but economically deprived child. There is a passionate coach who wants the boy to win at any cost. And then there is a happy ending. Sure-fire formula for a tear-jerking, heart-melting film? Hawaa Hawaai clearly aspires to be that and almost lives up to its own expectations.

  •  Now Running -Noyon Jyoti Parasara Rating-8
Underdog stories, especially woven around a sport, usually have a formulaic template. Add to that a coach and a protege story, Hawaa Hawaai has almost all trappings that could restrict its flight. Heartrending back story, high on hope protagonist, hurdles to overcome, the cruel trysts of destiny
  •  Bollywood Life -Avinash Lohana Rating-8
Harishchandra Waghmare (Makrand Dehpande) lits the lamp and a small room suddenly becomes alive, full of hope and faith. The father imbibes this learning into his son Arjun (Partho Gupte), a lesson to never loose hope. This opening shot of Amol Gupte’s Hawaa Hawaai more or less tells you

  •  Book My Show -Juhi Matta Rating-8
The highlight of Hawaa Hawaai is, without a doubt, the acting. Each and every member of the cast is noteworthy in their respective roles. Saqib Saleem is excellent in his portrayal of Lucky, the coach determined to make Arjun a champion. Partho Gupte is also outstanding as the young Arjun.
  •  Business of Cinema -Udita Jhunjhunwala Rating-6
Its tempting to repeatedly compare Amole Gupte’s second venture, Hawaa Hawaai, as a writer-producer-director with his freshman effort Stanley Ka Dabba especially since both films star his son Partho Gupte as the protagonist and both are films with a message.

  •  Yahoo Movies -Rummana Ahmed Rating-8
‘Hawaa Hawaai’ is a delightful tale, striking just the right chords that tug at your heartstrings. Amole Gupte has infused so much personality and emotion into his characters that each and everyone stays with you much after you have left the theatre.

  •  Indiaglitz -Vishal Verma Rating-4
A wi wiwi wiwi wiwi.. it's so wannabe.. a perfect case of tout more robust than its clout.. Amole Gupte's next after Stanley Ka Dabba (overeaten by frogs in the well type critics and left over by the audience) comes a squirmingly squishy, so predictable, unconvincing, forced sentima (read cinema)
  •  Daily Bhaskar Rating-6
One usually doesn’t expect cinemas to be houseful in the morning shows of Bollywood films (at least, you see a lot of couples filling up the seats). But it was a surprise for us when we were told by the manager of a leading cinema chain that we have to wait for the first show of Hawaa Hawaai
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Ratings Breakdown-
Rating scale - Out of 10
weird aggregate rating(WAR) - 6.6/10 (25 reviews)
Male critics - 6.9 (14)
Female critics - 6.3 (11)
Highest Rating  - 8 (8)
Least Rating - 4 (2)
Most Given Rating - 8 (8)

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Hawaa Hawaai (2014)
6.6 out of 10
based on
25 reviews.