True to its name, Kaccha Limboo is an unripened film. Director Sagar Ballary tosses many ideas together but doesn?t let them mature. The result is an over-long film that meanders all over the place but still doesn?t manage to say anything substantial.
At the center is Shambu, a 13-year-old, played by Taher Sutterwala. Shambu inhabits that no-man?s-land between childhood and adolescence. He?s rebellious, resentful and his hormones are kicking in. He is also over-weight, which makes everything bad that?s happening to him, worse ? he?s frequently bullied and called names like Elephant ka pichwada.
Shambu?s parents aren?t purposefully neglectful. They are just too caught up in their lives to realize that things are going seriously wrong. When Shambu reaches a point where he can?t cope any longer, he runs away only to realize that life outside his middle-class apartment is even more nasty, brutish and short.
Ballary earnestly recreates the textures of the early teen years: the awkwardness, the necessity of belonging, the acute boredom in class and the excitement of first crushes. Sutterwala and some of the other children, many of them first-timers, are unaffected and sincere. But the efforts are felled by the screenplay, also written by Ballary, which lurches clumsily in all directions without reaching a destination. There is no narrative momentum. The plodding plot unfolds randomly and by the time the film ends, the emotions you may have invested in Shambu, have evaporated into exhaustion.
Kaccha Limboo could have broken new ground but its insights are few and far between. See it if you must.