This film is about relationships between three people mainly, Leela Krishnamoorthy (Deepti Naval) , a middle aged widow who runs her own coffee shop monikered ‘Book a Coffee’, her twenty something petulant and spoilt daughter Amaya (Swara Bhaskar) who is an aspiring writer and a middle aged widower, photographer Jayant Sinha (Farouque Shaikh)who frequents the coffee shop for some much needed peace of mind from the tragedies of his life.
They are all friends until Leela declares to her daughter her growing feelings for the widower. The minute the young woman realises her mother is set to move on in life leaving memories of her own father behind, she starts throwing an emotional fit-creating a distance that was never there between the three of them.
As long as the narrative concentrates on the Leela-Jayant love story it works beautifully. The chemistry between the two ‘Chasme Baddoor’ co-stars is sparkling and sublime. The moments of camaraderie and companionship is evocative of a past comfort that appears to have been rekindled with all the warmth and affection of two wonderful and caring personas. The daughter Amaya’s fitful turn doesn’t fit well though. It plays out way out of character as initially she is shown to be a well balanced clear headed woman who has no hesitation slapping her Boss and walking out on a job because he made a pass at her. The character would have been more effective if she was in her turbulent teens.
The film in fact finds it difficult to overcome this central flaw in the script and even though the eventual resolution is satisfactory it makes the enjoyment just a little short of pleasing. In fact the film would have been better understood if it had the title ‘Tell me why…Amaya’ because that is a question that remains unanswered. The entire reasoning of losing her mother to another person does not evoke sympathy because Amaya is at an age that does not require full-time mothering.
The cinematography is scenically serene and the performances by both Deepti Naval and Faroque Shaikh are excellent. Swara Bhaskar ‘s performance suffers because of a badly written role. Avinash Kumar Singh’s direction is pretty much engaging barring the off-center portrayal of twenty something pretend teenager!