Tum Milo Toh Sahi is a 2010 Hindi movie directed by Kabir Sadanand with Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia, Suniel Shetty, Vidya Malvade, Rehan Khan, Anjana Sukhani in lead roles. Read the film review at CalcuttaTube.
Film: ‘Tum Milo Toh Sahi’;
Cast: Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia, Suniel Shetty, Vidya Malvade, Rehan Khan, Anjana Sukhani;
Director: Kabir Sadanand;
Review by IANS
Rating: ** 1/2
Just for the pleasure of watching Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia together, this quaint and sincere look at love across three generations is well worth a ‘dekko’.
Dimple, exuding a warmth that pervades the screen, plays a feisty Parsi woman who isn’t deterred let alone defeated by attempts to dismantle her dream, namely a strategic cafe where Mumbai-wallahs meet like they still do in cafes all over Kolkata for a bit of a brainy pow-wow and buttery pao.
It all adds up. The feisty Parsi lady and the cranky sullen unhappy-with-life lawyer (Nana Patekar) who helps her keep her property and not-so-promptly falls in love with the lady.
You get the picture?
Rajen Makhijani, Sameer Siddiqui and Kabir Sadanand’s screenplay cruises the realm of the known but still provides elements of freshness in the way the predictable characters are framed and photographed. Pushan Kriplani, director of photography, adds an afterglow to the already seen characters’ lives. You could feel the characters’ feelings, if you care.
There are three sets of people falling in and out of love, stumbling along that path to mutual fufilment strewn with roses and thorns. This is a film that finally exudes the scent and strength of goodness. The Dimple-Nana relationship is endearing in its nostalgic references. Both are in splendid form.
The next generation’s angst is represented by Suniel Shetty, who is restrained in a quiet but forcible way, and the surprise-packet Vidya Malvade.
Sadanand gives all his principal actors room to blossom. And that includes the third generation pair Rehaan Khan and Anjana Sukhani who are just discovering life and love. The couple is fresh, eager and raring to articulate their inner world.
The storytelling is moody and leisurely, like a stroll down a beachside on a quiet Sunday afternoon. The narrative has no sharp dips and curves. But director Kabir Sadanand is able to hold all his characters together, giving them a life and sustenance that takes them beyond stereotypes but not far enough to make them memorable creatures of the romantic zone.
Everyone from every generation wants a piece of that shimmering sky where love is more than just a Valentine’s Day slogan. ‘Tum Milo Toh Sahi’ is not as sharp in its sensitivities on love as could have been. ‘Lekin tum dekho to sahi’.
Review by Sampurn Wire
Verdict: Tum Milo To Sahi – Nana and Dimple
Rating: 3 out of 5*
The plot of the film revolves around Lucky Café a coffee house run by a very lovable Dilshaad aunty (Dimple Kapadia). It has its loyal band of customers ranging from college going students to taxi drivers. Amongst them are Anita (Vidya Malvade) a college lecturer married to a hot shot corporate, Amit (Sunil and a new entrant in the city, Bikramjeet Singh (Rehan) and his college gang, including his crush Shalini (Anjana). Honest, hardworking and a loyal clerk Subramanium (Nana Patekar) is given the pink slip by his boss (Mohnish Behl). He ends up quarrelling with Dilshaad at a departmental store. Later he also ends up confiscating her grand son’s bicycle for spoiling his dead mother’s photographs. But eventually he too ends up striking a friendship with Dilshaad and becomes a regular at her café too. But threat comes to the popular café from Amit’s company Blue Bell which is desperate to open its coffee chain at that place. How Dilshaad fights the arm twisting tactics by Blue Bell with the aid of her loyal customers forms the rest of the plot.
Actor turned director Kabir Sadanand who earlier gave us the extremely forgettable Popkorn Khao Mast Ho Jao this time delivers a little flawed but largely a loveable film. The casting of Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia is a master stroke that has won more than half his battle. Their track is not only extremely endearing but also well enacted by the two veterans. There are plenty of well written scenes that stay in your heart long after the film is over. Like the ones where Nana is given the pink slip and carries his type writer in his arms as if it is his baby, Nana at the departmental store, Dimple visiting Nana’s house for the first time or the court room climax where Dimple reveals the truth she had been hiding from everyone for years. But the film also has its flaws. While the length could have been cropped down a bit, the item song featuring Tanisha would have been avoided. Also, the track between Vidya and Sunil gets boring after a point and the love triangle of young lovers lacks zing. The music by Sandesh Shandilya is also not much impressive. The production design however is innovative and the film is shot very well.
Working together after over 16 years, Nana and Dimple are a delight to watch. Nana is hilarious and poignant at the same time. Dimple’s performance makes us want to see more of her in movies. Sunil Shetty tries hard but hardly impresses. Vidya is perfectly cast. Rehan is earnest whereas Anjana is just about passable. Amit Behl and Mohnish Behl are wickedly good.
Try out Tum Milo To Sahi, the performances by Nana and Dimple alone are worth the price of your ticket.