Love knows no language. Love knows no barriers. Love knows no age. It's this thought that director Kabir Sadanand tries to encapsulate in his second directorial venture TUM MILO TOH SAHI.
TUM MILO TOH SAHI may not be the most amazing take on relationships, but it has several moments that make you experience myriad emotions in those two hours. Especially the portions involving Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia. Having said that, it must be pointed out that the Rehan-Anjana portions are just not captivating. They lack the power to keep you hooked. Yet, the outcome is much better than what's being churned out in the name of cinema and entertainment these days.
Final word? Watch it, especially for veterans like Nana and Dimple, whose stellar act proves that old is gold, indeed!
Set in modern-day Mumbai, with all the demands and pressures of city life, the film weaves together the lives of three couples who connect with each other.
It is about the meeting of souls [Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia], the meeting of minds [Suniel Shetty and Vidya Malavade] and the meeting of hearts [Rehan Khan and Anjana Sukhani], underlining that love is the driving force in people's lives, irrespective of age.
TUM MILO TOH SAHI has three different stories running concurrently, but get merged into one after intermission. The Nana-Dimple chapter is the pick of the lot, in terms of writing and execution, followed by Suniel-Vidya track and Rehan-Anjana story.
Nana's eccentric persona is a delight. Watch him in scenes in the super-market or when he encounters a eunuch on the street. His interaction with Dimple's grandson is fantastic too. Suniel and Vidya's story has been treated sensitively, but a few moments are plain ordinary, especially their initial portions. Rehan and Anjana's sub-plot is the weakest link in the enterprise, although the actors make up with earnest performances.
This is director Kabir Sadanand's second venture and I see a distinct evolution in him as a storyteller. Kabir has handled several sequences with flourish. Sameer Siddiqi and Rajen Makhijani's screenplay, as mentioned earlier, has its share of engaging and non-engaging moments. The climax, of course, is the highpoint of the film. However, the film is very Mumbai-centric, which would restrict its appeal at other places.
Sandesh Shandilya's musical score is decent, with the title track being the pick of the lot. Pushan Kripalani's cinematography is eye-catching.
It's a treat to watch Nana and Dimple on screen after a hiatus. Both deliver sterling performances. Nana is in terrific form, while Dimple is grace personified. Watch out for Dimple's courtroom sequence and you'd realize yet again that there's so much to be tapped. One is sure, after you exit from the auditorium, you'd carry Nana and Dimple in your heart.
Suniel too strikes a chord and plays his part with amazing maturity. Vidya Malavade is super, a dependable actor. Rehan springs a pleasant surprise. It's an honest performance. Anjana is a complete natural too, displaying the varied emotions with ease. Amongst the host of supporting actors, Mohnish Bahl and Amit Behl stand out. Raghav Sachar has a brief role; he looks photogenic. The child actor playing Dimple's grandson is very good.
On the whole, TUM MILO TOH SAHI has decent merits that should find flavour with the multiplex junta of Mumbai mainly, thanks to its Mumbai-centric theme. Watch it for the wonderful performances by Nana and Dimple!