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I've never seen a movie made in India before, so this was quite an experience. Upon discovering Makdee and starting to watch it, I got hooked and had to see the whole thing. It was interesting seeing a very different culture, as this film was set in a small rural village with farm animals, a poor school, and lots of superstition.
One thing I found interesting, and refreshing, about this movie is that it takes itself seriously. There's really only two goofy characters in the form of two bumbling cops, but other than that, the characters are believable and the story takes itself at face value, a very rare thing when kids' movies tend to just throw silliness and comedic dialog all over the place. Which is not to say that there wasn't other forms of humor, but the rest of the humor was handled appropriately and fit naturally within the context of the story.
Besides that, when Chunni's sister is changed into a hen, we see the toll it takes on Chunni, as she panics at not being able to get anyone to take her seriously, cries over the thought of her sister, who's been changed into a hen, being killed by the local butcher, and gets very upset over having to steal hens in order to appease the witch. While many other kids' movies would treat the situation as a madcap adventure, or lighten the mood with excessive inappropriate humor, it's great to see a movie that shows how a kid would realistically feel if put into the horrifying situation of having to lie and steal in order to save a family member from a horrible fate that no-one else believes in.
However, once the Scooby Doo Hoax is revealed, it becomes harder to take the plot seriously. A witch who turns people into animals and blackmails a kid into stealing for her may be unrealistic, but within the context of the story, it's plausible. A woman who sits around a mansion pretending to be a witch, trapping unsuspecting kids and using them as slave labor, while her corrupt cop nephews cover for her? It's a scheme that's too convoluted to really make sense. However, even with the disguise and the mansion's trap door, the movie presses on and continues to realistically depict the plight of its characters at face value, and for that I give it credit.
As Bruce Coville said, an unrealistic situation can be convincing if the characters react to it like real people, and that's true here.
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