Yeh Ballet – Hindi – A Netflix Original Film – 8/10
Not poverty porn though it is based on the true story of two very poor boys from extremely under privileged backgrounds, Asif and Nishu. With no dream except to make it big and get away from being poor, they do dance their way out of the country.
Asif, Achintya Bose, happy to be B-boying resents being sent to a dance school among other things. He takes to ballet and is chosen by the teacher Julian Sands, for special attention.
Nishu, Manish Chauhan, is unable to convince his parents yet drops out of college and leaves home to follow his passion and take advantage of the tutelage offered to him.
Saul, the teacher is an angry man who is in India only because of lack of other options. His struggles with language and neighbours are shown realistically.
Would have loved to see more of Jim Sarbh. The boys’ parents, friends and other dancers have put in top notch performances which takes the movie pretty high.
An intense story well told!
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The World of Movies Rating – 08/10
Movie Title: Yeh Ballet
Directed by: Sooni Taraporevala
Written by: Rohit. K. Sharma
Main Cast: Julian Sands as Saul Aaron, Danish Husain as Asif’s Father, Heeba Shah as Asif’s mother
Year of Release: 2020
Country of Origin: India (Bollywood)
Running time: 141 minutes
Production Company: Netflix India, Roy Kapur Films
Distributed by: Netflix
Image Source: Screenshots taken from the movie.
Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab