Sona Spa... Strictly avoid this one...!!!
Sona Spa begins with Naseeruddin Shah’s voice revealing how the most prized possession of us human beings is sleep (ya right as if we didn't know), and cut to we are shown a spa where girls 'do not sleep with you, but for you'. Ah! This was enough to make me squirm in my seat! But more was to come as this was just the beginning! Say hello to a couple of women, who sleep in beds, attired in robes. And these are first 15 minutes of this weird film. All the while I am thinking will I be able to survive this one?
Meet the clients: A creep who is having not one but three rollicking affairs behind the back of his wife. His idea of getting rid of troublesome mistresses is kill them. He has what I can say a use and throw policy. How convenient no? Then there is a hypocritical businessman who enjoys to the hilt in dance bars and slaps his daughter when she tries to dissuade him. Bechari beti... Then there is a poor soul, who is in a coma, surrounded by daughters who sob all the time! I mean come on the man can’t hear your sobs he’s in a coma!
These sleep-deprived characters all have 'sleepers'. They bond with them by caressing each others' faces. Oh really? So by touching someone’s face you can actually make them sleep for you? Then please bring it on!
Meet the sleepers: a former prostitute, who is to be seen wearing flowing Lucknowi dresses. Then we have a jeans-clad, frizzy-haired loud-mouthed girl, and a 'decent' middle-class girl in a 'salwaar kameez'.
Sona Spa boasts of theatre background actors like Nivedita Bhattacharya, Devyanim, Aahana Kumra and Pooja Pradhan and I have to say all of them have done a pathetic job. That brings me to Mr. Naseer... I mean was he drunk when he signed to do a 'cameo' in this film?
I myself shall remain sleep deprived for the next few days I guess. Need to watch a good film to get over this disaster... or should I visit an actual 'spa' for relaxing my nerves which are currently on fire! Makrand Deshpande, your idea which you took from a play was, let me say decent, but on film it just doesn't work! Your skills as a director as as good as your "beautiful" crop of hair!
Strictly avoid this one... else be ready to be sleep deprived!