The Harm in ‘Haami’ Makes the Bengali Film a Memorable Watch

What do the critics have to say about ‘Haami’?

Indian Cinema
2 min read
A still from <i>Haami</i>.&nbsp;

Haami is full of children - obviously, as it centres around issues that plague today’s younger generation. The Bengali film, directed by the acclaimed director duo Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee, showcases how minor issues are blown up by helicopter parents and suspicious school authorities.

An innocent kiss between two kids starts a whirlwind of controversies that reflect recent incidents like CCTV surveillance in schools, the staff sexually assaulting students, and even horrific crimes like the the Ryan School murder that have left parents paranoid. Is there any space left for children’s innocence is what the film seems to ask.

The film boasts a talented cast with Broto Banerjee, Tanusree Shankar, Shiboprosad Mukherjee, Aparajita Auddy, Koneenica Banerjee, Kharaj Mukherjee and Gargi Roychowdhury.

Have a look at the critics’ reviews below:

“If the first half made you laugh, the second half will move you to tears. Everyone of us who have lived through these moments in our professional lives will testify to the darkness and the isolation of a school so unfairly and negatively portrayed . . . This film is a call for the return of trust between parents and teachers and schools and children and all of us who want to see the return of childhood to children.”
The Telegraph
Haami is surprisingly smarter and leaner, and avoids replicating the regressive gender politics and moral posturing seen in some of their biggest successes . . . Haami tactfully touches upon a range of issues surrounding the central theme without making each crucial moment overstay its welcome. The laughs are well-earned, thanks to a wonderful acting ensemble of skilled veterans and handpicked child artists.”
“The sequences when Bhutu or Chini make innocent blunders and cause headache to their parents and school staff is made with affection. The teacher’s ability to see their innocence, not paying heed to the meaningless complexities is heart-warming too. These sequences truly make the audiences smile . . . Anindya Chatterjee’s music, particularly the songs sung by various child artistes, add to the feel-good quotient and innocence of the film.”

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