Films like DELHI BELLY, PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA and MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE spoke a new language. The last two films in particular reflected the lives of Gen X living in a metropolis. TUTIYA DIL is a new era love story that attempts to pursue the same path. It talks of love, sex, heartaches and fragile relationships, albeit half-heartedly.
First-time director Amit Khanna, who has also penned the screenplay, doesn't really opt for a path breaking concept. Instead, he compensates it with some poignant moments in the narrative. What also ails the film is the fact that like most first-time enthusiastic storytellers, Khanna overstays the hospitality by dragging the film in its second hour. If it were shorter in duration, with more dum in its screenplay, it might've cut ice with its target audience -- the youth. At the end of it, as a result, TUTIYA DIL descends into a standard film on relationships. Also, it lacks the sharp wit of PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA and MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE.
Rhea [Suzanna Mukherjee] becomes so unsure of herself after her breakup that she decides to see a shrink. She tells him how she met her new boss, Karan [Nikhil Sabharwal], and hit it off from day one. Rhea has to face a sudden storm when, suddenly, Karan dumps her and she is left heartbroken and also homeless.
Two people stand by Rhea -- Anu [Iris Maity], her best friend, a quintessential feminist and Vishal [Siddhant Kapur], her colleague at office, a womanizer. Vishal comes across as a nonchalant, carefree guy, but deep inside he is emotional and helps Rhea overcome her breakup.
Unlike DELHI BELLY and PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA, there isn't any sexual content/jokes/jibes here. So don't expect anything scandalous or sensational in this movie. TUTIYA DIL is a love story at heart brewed with fresh actors. To give the credit where it's due, the director has filmed a number of sequences with utmost care. But there are sequences that get repetitive and the fact that there's not much meat in those sequences, it dilutes the impact of several wonderful moments. In short, it's inconsistent! Besides, the music doesn't help either, but I'd like to make a special mention of the dialogue, penned by Prabal Panjabi. The lines are identifiable and the best part is, they are minus frills or dialogue-baazi.
What salvages the film are the sincere performances. Suzanna is super confident, lighting up the scenes and making the most of it. Both Siddhant and Nikhil have screen presence. Siddhant has the makings of a fine actor [note the sequence when Suzanna and he get drunk; his performance is worth noting here], while Nikhil is a bit awkward initially, but gets into the groove subsequently. Iris Maity does her part well, but her character isn't well defined. The actor enacting the role of the boss is alright.
On the whole, TUTIYA DIL appeals in bits and spurts, but that's not enough.