Sometimes in life, at some or the other point we all have experienced that highly unsettling feeling when we are uprooted from our comfort zone and forced to be a part of the world we do not belong to. Director Avinash Arun makes us face and analyse that uncomfortable feeling all over again, as he simply but effectively narrates the sensitive story of 11-year-old Chinu (Archit Deodhar).
Killa evokes an authentic sense of displacement of not fitting-in. It is as much as a story of friendship, trust, forgiveness and grief and the bond between a single parent and a child. Chinu is going through an emotional anxiety. Soon after losing his father, he is forced to move from Pune to a small town in Konkan, as his mother (Amruta Subhash) is transferred there. Even though he seems to be matured beyond his age, he struggles to adjust to the new surroundings. His fear is best showcased in a stellar scene, shot in a fort that he visits with his friends, but later finds himself alone and lost. After much struggle, when Chinu is just about to get out of his painful phase and is in a heart-breaking development, his mother gets into a spot of trouble in her office for which they might be forced to move to another place.
Avinash Arun makes a commendable debut as a director and cinematographer. Every frame of Killa has been carefully evaluated through the eyes of the director. Beauty and elegance of the different locations and natural settings in Konkan region are showcased gazing through the sight of a perfectionist.
He should also be credited to bring together a near perfect star cast which includes a delightful bunch of child actors, Parth Bhalerao, Gaurish Gawde, Atharva Upasni and others and a very talented theatre actress Amruta Subhash to play the role of a mother. A script laced with subtle humour and intense lines written by Tushaar Paranjape and Upendra Sindhaye only makes it stronger.
Don’t miss this film. It is one of those precious little watches that are capable of bringing out a few uncomfortable emotions that one otherwise keeps tucked in untouched corners of their heart. It is a joyride back to your carefree, childhood days too. It also teaches us that, things do change, but the sun always rises the next day with a new start.