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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 261


Department of Paediatrics and Neonatology, Neotia Bhagirathi Woman and Child Care Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Date of Submission28-Oct-2022
Date of Decision29-Oct-2022
Date of Acceptance29-Oct-2022
Date of Web Publication29-Nov-2022

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Dr. Shamik Ghosh
Flat 1C, Block 8, Space Town Housing Complex, VIP Road, Kolkata - 700 052, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipcares.ipcares_255_22

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How to cite this article:
Ghosh S. Gippi. Indian Pediatr Case Rep 2022;2:261

How to cite this URL:
Ghosh S. Gippi. Indian Pediatr Case Rep [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Jan 30];2:261. Available from: http://www.ipcares.org/text.asp?2022/2/4/261/362250

“Gippi” is a Hindi movie directed by Sonam Nair and released in 2013. It showcases the journey of the 14-year-old protagonist (of the same name) as she navigates the stormy waters of adolescence. Genes and junk food have combined to distort Gippi's body image. The mirror and a forever judgmental society shame her with colloquial adjectives. The initial part of the film shows her swinging between despair and indifference, never really knowing which path to take, and appearing to exist without any tangible direction. Yet the depiction of her ear for music, flair for dancing, and unreserved enactment of her idol Shammi Kapoor give the viewers a glimpse of her hidden persona – that of a happy-go-lucky, fun-loving, and carefree girl.

Society's metamorphosis in family structure and dynamics places fresh challenges for teens. Gippi's mother and brother are steadfast confidantes, but the bond with her father is long distance and complicated, as he is forging a new relationship of his own. Gippi and her brother are not uncivil toward their father. Yet they empathize with their mother and clearly visualize her pain. Adolescent resilience is demonstrated when the siblings attend their father's engagement and marriage, but refuse to participate in the “new” family photograph till their mother is included as well.

A trip to the engagement party contrives to set Gippi up with a handsome hunk, and Arjun and her adolescent romantic instincts get awakened for the first time. The initial chance encounters and subsequent more purposeful attempts by Gippi to meet the young man are inadvertently aimed at social redemption, especially in front of her bête noire, Shamira. Gippi's dalliance with Arjun meets an ignominious end, ironically in front of her arch rival Shamira, sending her headlong into the depths of despair. Fortunately, family and friends stand rock solid behind her as her bruised heart recovers and she regains her bearings.

While Shamira has beauty and brains, she is far too condescending and proud. Gippi possesses neither academic nor sporting abilities, is plagued by body image issues, and yet endears herself to the viewers by simply being human and vulnerable. Such a chalk-and-cheese story is always destined for confrontation, and that materializes in the form of the election of the head girl. Gippi picks up the gauntlet thrown by her frenemy. The didactic cinematic script inevitably picks Gippi as the winner and emphasizes the importance of loving ourselves as we are. Later, Gippi's renunciation of the head girl's medal to Shamira displays melodramatic magnanimity and an attempt to seek divinity in forgiveness.

The script and screenplay appear dictated by cinematic viability, and yet the characterizations do leave an impression of authenticity. The effort to be totally and morally correct by the director does take a bit of the sheen away from reality, but nonetheless, the intent is admirable. Overall, the film is a delightful insight into adolescence with its multifarious vulnerabilities, challenges, and responsibilities.

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