Khayali Pulao review: Prajakta Koli’s short film is simple, sweet and uplifting

Writer-director Tarun Dudeja has suggested the reason for Asha’s progressive nature to be her access to the internet, thus focusing on the impact of technology in the growth of a society. However, the audience is told, it is not for her love for the sport, but its the uniform, a T-shirt and shorts, that entices her. Her teacher, coach, friend and mother are unable to fathom her sudden obsession with sports. When we meet her, she is cooking her own ‘khayali pulao’ (daydreaming) until her sports coach Kharab Sir (Yashpal Sharma) announces he is forming a handball team for a match on Republic Day. Instead, it is a short film with a simple narrative which gives us something to think about without being preachy. This story has no villains. He is not mean or abusive towards a student. Asha (Prajakta Koli) is a class topper in a small village in Haryana. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd To me, Khayali Pulao, apart from boasting of a strong message on empowering women, highlights the power of hard work and self-belief. In times when streaming platforms are obsessed with dark and gory content, how comforting would it be to watch a feel-good, light-hearted, uplifting film? Yashpal Sharma, as a sports coach, has delivered a controlled performance where he does only what is required of him. It also has characters who are regressive: a father who is offended by a village girl wearing jeans and t-shirt; a mother who wonders who will marry that girl. Internet sensation Prajakta Kohli does most of the talking through her expressive face and is decent with her Haryanvi accent. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. He just cares about forming a strong team. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Yashpal Sharma in Khayali Pulao. Like any social drama that spotlights everything wrong in our society, Khayali Pulao is also a commentary on gender bias. And, it indeed is comforting. Written by Arushi Jain
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Updated: July 14, 2020 7:16:41 pm

Prajakta Koli’s Khayali Pulao is streaming on YouTube. Asha, who is good in academics, is determined to be a part of this team. With this thought, I began watching the short film Khayali Pulao on YouTube. For instance, when Asha is told she can’t be in the school’s team, she pays to access the internet and learns the techniques of the game on YouTube. But, never does it make you feel uncomfortable.