From beginning to end Yeh Khula Aasmaan gives you a sense of deja vu. Haven’t we seen and heard that before?
Movie: Yeh Khula Aasmaan
Cast: Raghubir Yadav, Yashpal Sharma, Manjusha Godse, Raj Tandon
Directed by: Gitanjali Sinha
Well, it’s highly impossible to come up with a fresh idea each time you decide to put pen on paper but the least one can do is to treat the idea differently if not in the same manner.
Yeh Khula Aasmaan marks Gitanjali Sinha’s debut as director and what she intended to show with the film gets lost in the melodramatic, torturous pace termed as storytelling.
The story lays emphasis on the life of teenager Avinash (Raj Tandon) who has failed to clear the IIT entrance exam due to which he submerges himself in self-pity and loathing. He tries to share his burden with his parents (Manjusha Godse and Yashpal Sharma) but they, too, are disappointed with his performance. Alone and confused, he seeks refuge in his grandfather aka Dadu (Raghubir Yadav). As Avinash spends more time with Dadu, he slowly learns of his grandfather’s life as a young man. A cue for the grandfather to subtly bestow life’s most precious lessons to a very lost Avinash. Trite and cliched, this is what Yeh Khula Aasmaan is all about.
Gitanjali Sinha needs to tighten her storytelling skills, believe in her characters and try to learn how to bring out the best in them. Even though the film is more of a tried and tested formula, the heavy dialogues and the constant emotional melodrama is what makes the movie ever so filmy, dissolving its main purpose.
Even though Raj Tandon is the protagonist, it is Raghubir Yadav’s role as Dadu is what makes you sit through the entirety of this film. His affection, his dialogue delivery and his character are all very seamless and convincing. That is the movie’s saving grace.