By Janak Samtani
Sasha is a young girl who starts her vacation with a worry. Her father is a lawyer, always engrossed in work, and Sasha lonely after her mother’s death, is looked after by a helper who cooks up stories to make her happy enough to have her meals. One such story makes Sasha believe that God will send her a companion which could be in any form. This gives Sasha hope and she eagerly waits for the chamatkar to happen.
One morning, Sasha is awakened by some disturbance in the living room, and a puppy emerges. She believes this to be her God-sent companion and names the puppy Halo.
Sasha loves the pup dearly and forgets about everyone and everything around her, and spends all of her time with it. Her neighborhood kids also become very fond of the pup, and it becomes a source of excitement for them too. But Halo is quite a nuisance for Sasha’s dad and the helper.
Like, one morning the pup just showed up; another morning after a few days it is gone. Sasha does not sit and mourn the pup’s disappearance, and decides to go out and find it.
She ventures out and is followed everywhere by a very curious neighborhood kid who goes back home and updates his father, a journalist, who uses this information in his articles.
During her search, Sasha visits a newspaper office, a police station, a dog catcher, and comes across a variety of people on the streets of Mumbai who get inspired by her determination, and assist her in finding the pup.
Starring in the film are Benaf Dadachandji, Rajkumar Santoshi, Bulang Raja, Viju Khote, Mukesh Rishi, Tinnu Anand, Sahil Choujar and many others. The film features a lot of children, but in my opinion, it is made for everyone to watch.
Halo is a heart-warming classic delivered by Santosh Sivan who is now planning to make a sequel to it.