Film: Tu Hai Mera Sunday
Cast: Barun Sobti, Avinash Tiwari, Nakul Bhalla, Jay Upadhyay, Vishal Malhotra, Shahana Goswami, Maanvi Gagroo, Shiv Subramanyam, Rama Joshi, Suhaas Ahuja, Rasika Duggal
Director: Milind Dhaimade
Rating: * * *
The lack of Open spaces is definitely a problem in a teaming metropolis bursting out of its seams, like Mumbai. So, Director Milind Dhaimade begins his film trying to hit the nail on that worthy cause and makes use of it whenever he needs to link the different plot points but that’s about as serious as it gets on that pressing real-life issue. Instead, Dhaimade appears better equipped to handle the individual relationship issues that crop up during the space of those breezy and highly entertaining two hours or so.
5 friends Arjun (Barun Sobti), Jayesh (Jay Upadhyay) Rashid (Avinash Tiwari), Mehrnosh (Nakul Bhalla) and Domi (Vishal Malhotra), who make time out of their busy lives and get together to play football every Sunday are suddenly faced with a ban from playing on the beach. A chance accident involving the Chairperson of the Juhu Beach citizens association puts a stop to their sporting Sunday frolic on the beach.
So, while in the process of searching out an alternate locality for playing footie the 5 men sort out their lives and individual issues in the space of a few weeks. The football part, while humorous and entertaining, doesn’t appear to be an organic development within the narrative structure. Even so the engagement is never frittered away. All the actors play along engagingly while the narrative takes its predictive route to closure.
Arjun’s story may be the central one in the film but it’s Domi’s life that plays out most interestingly. His petty rivalry with his elder brother (Suhaas Ahuja) and his mother’s (Rama Joshi) angst because of it, lends that track a sticky-tangy temper. Arjun (Barun Sobti) an IIM Ahmedabad Alumni and a self-confessed drop-out from the rat-race of big business is timid when it comes to expressing his growing feelings for Kavi(Shahana) whose father (Shiv Subramanyam) has Alzheimer’s.
Mehrnosh’s character lives up to the mad Bawa stereotype, Rashid’s playboy meanderings are merely a front for some not-so-serious self-image issues, while Jayesh’s efforts to take a break from his responsibilities every Sunday draws in some flaky empathy. Dhaimade doesn’t dig deep, he prefers to keep the narrative frothy and entertaining, therefor ends up making it all enjoyable but not exactly memorable. So, while there’s latest promise in this slice-of-life dramedy, not enough was being done to showcase it. And that’s a pity. Nevertheless, this one is cute and entertaining!