Gippi ~ Review

Gippi is a sweet and simple story about a young girl trying to cope with life. Our Bollywood film reviewer, Faisal Saif provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.

Gippi is a film from under the banner of Dharma Productions and Karan Johar. It does not promise any star value but it is a very sweet and simple story.

This might be the first film for Karan Johar, which he has dared to produce on a shoestring budget, but very boldly the maker has told a story which one should listen to. Gippi also deals with the issues and anxieties surrounding a female teen who has dyslexia and feels ignored.

Our very cute Gippi (played by Riya Vij) is a 14-year-old living in Shimla with her mother (played by Divya Dutta) and younger brother Booboo (played by Arbaz Kadwani).


Gippi is fat and plump and this is the enough reason for her to become self-conscious and feel ignored. Obviously, she has no idea of how to deal with these situations.

What are these situations? Gippi has always been bullied in school by her friend. She is about to witness her father Papa Paaji (played by Pankaj Dheer) about to get engaged to another woman. She has fallen in love with a guy (played by Taaha Shah) who only treats her as a friend.

If that wasn’t enough, she is about to take on the school elections against her worst enemy.

Karan Johar has boldly produced a film on a small budget which has a story that audiences can look forward to.
The film has some brilliant performances by the lead characters, Riya Vij and Divya Dutta.
Sonam Nair is an intelligent director and has a bright future ahead of him.
The camera work, editing and production value of the film is good. The locales of Shimla are very well captured.
The songs doesn't have a much scope in Gippi.
Gippi is a sweet and a cute film which hits straight to your heart. Review Scores by Faisal Saif

The performance of Riya Vij who plays Gippi is terrific. It is thought that a lot of auditions had to be done in order to find the right casting of the perfect actor for this part.

When you see the film, you will realise Riya is the perfect choice. Divya Dutta is again amazing as the single parent of Gippi. In every scene, Divya grows on you as a performer. Taaha Shah and the rest of the cast are also good and do full justice to their respective characters.

Director Sonam Nair who is also the writer of the film, handles this curious subject with lots of sincerity and intelligence. After watching Gippi, we can be assured about Sonam Nair’s bright future ahead.

Musically however, the film might not be up to the mark of Dharma Productions previous musical extravaganzas. But on a frank note, films like Gippi don’t actually require songs. All Gippi does require is a good background score, which it has.

The cinematography of the film is very eye pleasing and has captured the locales of Shimla like never before. The production values and editing of the film is decent and extraordinary at some points.

Hats off to producer Karan Johar and director Sonam Nair for bringing a small and simple but undeniably outstanding film which will definitely stay in your heart for a very long period of time. Gippi is simple, cute and a film which hits straight to your heart.

Faisal Saif is our Bollywood film reviewer and Journalist from B-Town. He has huge passion for everything Bollywood and adores its magic on and off screen. His motto is to "Stand unique and tell Bollywood Stories in a Different Way."