Child adoption is an alien concept to many Indians even today. Even today, the basic idea is that child adoption is only for those who are either very rich or people who are lonely in life. The concept of doing something good by adopting a child has yet not kicked in for the Indian public. Films like Door of Hope plan to raise awareness about just that.
This film is about a couple decide to opt for adoption and therefore visit an orphanage centre. There, they are introduced to several children. Finally, who they adopt is finally left up to them. What happens next forms the rest of the story.
What’s Wow: That the filmmakers have decided to deal with the issue of adoption is commendable. They also decided to go ahead and tell the story via the medium of animation, which makes this film cater to several audiences at one go. What we loved about this short film is the simplicity of the storyline. The animation is quite good and gets the point across.
We also liked the subtle messages that the film put across through some parts of its screenplay.
What’s Blah: While the concept is good, we did find some issues with the screenplay on an over all basis. We do not understand why the children would be made to sing and dance in front of the people who’d want to adopt them – its not like they are adopting a boy or a girl to be a stage performer.
We can understand it from an animator’s point of view, where they decide to show off what effects they can create and make as professionals, but in a film about an orphanage, those dance sequences are quite out of place. We also found the climax to be too over-the-top and unbelievable. Maybe if it were a feature film, the climax wouldn’t be such a jarr.
Parting Shot: Door of Hope has its heart in the right place and is a good message.
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