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Review: Tum Mile is a winner

Review: Tum Mile is a winner

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 13 November 2009

Movie Title

Review: Tum Mile is a winner

Director

Kunal Deshmukh

Star Cast

Emraan Hashmi, Soha Ali Khan

The floods that hit Mumbai in 2005 still retain their effect. At any hint of heavy showers, people in the city wonder if it?ll be another July 26 - where they may lose their lives, worry sick about their loved ones, try and make it through the floods on their own without any official help or communication, or be forced to walk in waist-deep water for eight hours to reach home.

Those who lost friends and family, valuables and cars, still feel the terror of that day and subsequent night. Even those who were saved feel fear - what if they are not so lucky the next time around?

Tum Mile would have seemed too late in coming, but Mother Nature gifted the producers the ultimate marketing prop. Bewildered by sudden rains a couple of days ago, Mumbaikars were uncomfortably reminded of 26/7, and are likely to throng the theatres to relive their experience.

Onto the film then: on the day of the floods we see Sanjana (Soha Ali Khan, delightfully natural) and Akshay (Emraan Hashmi) on the same flight to Mumbai. Their relationship back-story in South Africa takes us to the time they met, loved and separated.

He?s a budding artist completely removed from reality; she?s earning for the two of them, leaving reminders to pay the electricity bill and consoling him when his career doesn?t take off. They?re in love, but things go wrong when one of them has to leave the country. They meet, after several years, on the plane and again when the floods have completely taken over the city.

The contemporary romance is sensitively told; the characters are very today and their skirmishes real. No character is written in a black and white mould, and there?s no easy right or wrong. The film becomes intensely gripping when we see the 26/7 deluge: scenes where the authorities refuse to send out warnings, people stuck in cars with the water rising every second, and the characters? struggle for survival.

Unfortunately, Tum Mile chooses to tone down the devastation. One would have liked the script to absorb more stories about the flood?s effect on regular folks?there were heartbreaking stories of people separated from their loved ones and some wonderful tales of people going out of their homes to volunteer, standing in the rains with biscuits and inviting people into their homes.

Still you are moved by the film?s portrayal of the fateful day. There are a couple of Titanic-inspired shots, but barring those, the film is authentic and real. Mumbaikars are likely to reminisce their experiences on that day (everyone in Mumbai has a story about 26/7) and those outside will get a glimpse into the surreal madness of the day, where a city, considered unstoppable, became utterly vulnerable.

The cast does well: Emraan is sincere as the down-on-luck Akshay. Soha gives a fabulously nuanced performance as the successful and supportive Sanjana. Cinematography by Prakash Kutty (99, My Name is Anthony Gonsalves) is a treat. Pritam?s songs are fabulous and contribute in making the storytelling that much more evocative.

After Jannat, director Kunal Deshmukh comes up with another winner. Go for it, and enjoy the love story folded into a disaster flick combo.

Rating: 3 stars

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