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It’s all ‘Manmaaniyan’: Thodi Thodi Si Manmaaniyan


Cast: Arsh Sherawat, Shrenu Parekh, Silpa Tulaskar, Mikesh Tiwari, Rahul Raj Malhotra, Kuldeep Sarin

Director: Aditya Sarpotdar

Peopled with a mix of TV, Theatre actors and Radio Jockeys, this film has a mix of talent that is vibrant and eclectic in scope. Unfortunately, the scripting is not very consistent nor is the storyline of any great import. Siddharth Kaul (Arshe Sherawat), a young boy brought up by his widowed mother (Shilpa Tulaskar) has dreams of going for higher studies abroad.

He is already a part of a rock ensemble ‘Antriksh’ and is pursuing a dream of winning a contest on that front while also getting mixed up in a romance with an impulsive and earnest, fire breathing social activist Neha Datta (Shrenu Parekh). A chance encounter with his father’s street play theatre group friend, unravels the truth about his father’s murder and a troubled Siddharth has to chose between a far-fetched dream and a harsh reality.

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It’s a coming-of-age film but we don’t really see much of the transformation happening. This is because the script doesn’t dwell on the psychological impact of the turn-of-events. It merely pays lip service to it. With the story written by Param Kalra, screenplay by Ajinkya Kishore, Param and Amjad Khan and Dialogues by Ajinkya Kishore, it’s a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. The slipshod plotting and the uneven narration also make the few intense moments to drift away into nothingness. There’s no great impact here save for a vividly troubled turn from Shilpa Tulaskar and an earnest one from Shrenu Parekh.