Up Up & Up (India, 2019, 2.35:1, 82 mins.)
Director: Govind Nihalani
This is a story of dreaming the impossible and making it happen. The hero of the story is KAMLU, a baby camel, like a child of about 9 yrs in human terms. Kamlu’s ambition in life is to fly…to fly up into the clouds… to the top of the rainbow to see his mom and dad, who had to leave for war and never returned… KAMLU has his band of buddies… Bhola, a shepherd boy (9yrs.), Leela, the princess (9yrs.), Longo, the ‘lungoor’ monkey and Mangli, the magic bird that can appear from any where any time and can change shape and turn into anything or anyone. Shera, the bandit, along with Naga and Bakru, his henchmen, has forcefully occupied an ancient well and extorts money from poor villagers who walk miles to get water from this public well…the water that has been available free to poor villagers for centuries. Kamlu and his friends confront Shera on this issue… Leela, the princess of the desert kingdom, threatens the bandits that if they didn’t obey her orders and clear off, they would face dire consequences. Shera is frightened and rides away with his gang… But was Shera really frightened? Of course not…he faked it…because he saw a great opportunity to make big money quickly… In a surprise move, Shera returns, kidnaps Leela and rides away into the desert. Leela’s friends are shocked. “Come what may we must rescue Leela from the clutches of Shera…” declares KAMLU. “But how?” the friends wonder. Can he? Does he?Does Kamlu remember to summon the power within himself? “Wings or no wings one day I’m gonna fly!..” he had said wistfully….does he finally fly up to the top of the rainbow and meet his mom and ad?