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The Wishing Tree is a fantasy drama scripted and directed by Manika Sharma. The film has Shabana Azmi, Shivani Joshi, Makarand Deshpande, Aditya Manghani, Harshpreet Kaur, Mark Shaw, Abhaas Yadav, Manmeet Singh and Jaya Bhattacharya in the cast. The film also has the voice over of Amitabh Bachchan. Rhombus Film produced the movie. The film has come with the social message to save the trees that give us free oxygen to breathe and food to live.
The story starts with Nikita, a fat girl, who has been made fun by the people that she is obese. She feels embarrassed and lonely and gets into the woods. There she finds a gypsy woman, who helps her come out of her trouble. She is the one, who shows her a tree that grants the wishes. The main plot is about Nikita and her friends, who take initiatives to save the tree, which is of few centuries old. As said by Nikita and the gypsy woman, the tree has magical power and fulfills the wishes too. How the friends save the tree from a lumberjack, who wants to cut the tree and do business out of it is the crux of the story.
Amitabh has dubbed his voice for the tree and it is neat. Shabana plays a gypsy and she has done her part well.
We have seen a lot of films with a message in the recent times. But, this movie has really come out with a real message. The film deals with the problems faced by the kids including the disabilities in studies, body shaming and even kleptomania. The movie also comes with the environmental message to save the nature that helps the world to survive. Manika Sharma has scripted the story well. We should appreciate Manika to have moved the film in a non-preachy way.
What’s Not There?
The Wishing Tree is a message oriented film with graphical works. It could be watched once!
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