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Tum Milo Toh Sahi review: Almost watchable

Tum Milo Toh Sahi review: Almost watchable

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Friday 2 April 2010

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Movie Title

Tum Milo Toh Sahi

Director

Kabir Sadanand

Star Cast

Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia, Rehan Khan, Sunil Shetty, Vidya Malvade, Anjana Sukhani, Mohnish Behl, Amit Behl, Tanisha Mukherjee, Raghav Sachar

A while back, films exploring multiple stories had become the huge trend: Life in a Metro, Honeymoon Travels Pvt .Ltd, Salaam-e-Ishq and so on. This one comes a little late, but is pretty much along those lines: tracking several stories simultaneously, and of characters threaded to each other.

So the first, the most interesting track, is of an Irani cafe owner Dilshad (Dimple Kapadia) and her slowly building friendship with the uptight Subramanium (Nana Patekar). They meet first at a supermarket where they fight, and then gradually forge a companionship. A place where a customer is allowed to pay the tab the next day, Dilshad runs her cafe with love.

Now, when a corporate coffee house giant offers a huge sum to vacate, Dilshad on refusing is dragged to court. Subramanium is the antithesis to Dilshad?s sunny persona. Obsessed with his mother?s death (he places the coveted photo on a swing), he?s perennially gloomy and angry, not even sparing a child?s mischievous accident.

Meanwhile, Dilshad?s friend Anita (Vidya Malavade) is caught in a cross-fire when her ambitious husband (Suniel Shetty) gets involved in getting the cafe evacuated. Then there?s a campus romance track (Rehaan Khan, Anjana Sukhani) that?s too fluffy for any impact.

The first half that shows promise swerves down-hill, full-throttle. The film takes on a moralistic tone with the evil corporate pitted against the innocence of the cafe people. Courtroom drama, notices, media, melodrama, romance: everything is folded in clumsily. Its core message of preserving contemporary heritage and warning against the city losing its character to cold corporatisation is valid; but drowned in the simplistic treatment.

The best fleshed-out characters remain that of Dilshad and Subramanium. You love the cafe lady?s easy independence and effervescence while Subramanium?s insistence on getting back his change at the mall?s cash counter, instead of a compensatory sweet, is humorous. Unfortunately, the good is saddled with the below-par. There?s a child romance tucked in somewhere that?s not cute at all. An item song by Tanisha Mukherjee is awkwardly picturised.

Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia stand out in making their characters believable, complex and nuanced. They?re the only reason the film works in its brief moments. Had the other stories too incorporated interesting characters and substance like this one, the film would have been a far better watch. Rehaan Khan and Vrajesh Hirjee are earnest; Mohnish Behl, over-the-top. The others put in average performances.

Writer-director Kabir Sadanand (Popcorn Kaho Mast Ho Jao, 2004) shows his mettle in the Dilshad-Subramanium track, but the remaining are left to their predictable conclusions. Almost watchable; but not quite there.

Verdict: Two stars

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