Adolescence is a much bigger game than what this movie plays. And it doesn’t play it too well, either. This film is sweet, I give it that, but there exist other delicious servings with two extra scoops of fun and maturity added in it, and that I’d prefer more- say Perks of Being a Wallflower. What Gippi is, is a vibrantly colored chewing gum, which simply turns pale within a couple chews.
Gippi is a 14-year-old overweight teen in Simla who resides with her mother Pappi and little brother Booboo. Teenage implies many changes at the physical and emotional level, only adding to her awkwardness. School life is rough, with her being bullied by Miss Popular Shamira, whom she later challenges in school elections. Meanwhile, her dil hoes hmmm.. for an older student, and an unpleasant stint followed by public humiliation followed by newfound confidence moulds her from an ordinary girl to an extra ordinary girl, in her own little starry world.
It’s in no way a bad film. It’s basically the treatment given to this film that lets it down, with critical turns being shown sans novelty. Debutant Sonam Nair’s coming-of-age film has a good first half, but a ruinous second. The performances are very good, especially the teenagers who’ve played their age with utmost conviction. Divya Dutta as Gippi’s mother is good.
You may watch this flick if you are a sucker for sugar-spice-and-everything-nice kind of a feel good drama. And if you’re one of those who’s overflowing one of these Facebook School Confession pages with “straight from the heart” messages, who knows, Gippi may strike a chord with you.