Summer Inspirations :
Off late, There have been many movies based on youth and thought-provoking themes. Especially after Rang De Basanti, many film makers have tried their hand at similar concepts.With Summer 2007, His debut directorial venture, Suhail Tatari too has attempted to travel the much treaded path.
Summer 2007 is the story of five medical students Rahul (Sikander Kher), Vishakha (Gul Panag), Priyanka (Uvika Chaudhry), Qateel (Arjun Bajwa) and Bagani (Alekh Sangal), who lead a carefree life in urban India. They are hip, trendy with cool nick-names and hold an I-give-a-damn attitude to society and its norms.
However their lives take a U-turn when they end up going to a very backward rural part of Maharashtra while trying to avoid the cesspool of the politics in their college. After seeing the hardships that the people of the village have to undergo, this laid back bunch of students realize their responsibility and take a stand for the villagers' sake.
What problems they face in their new journey and how they decide to overcome them forms the crux of the story.
The concept is very similar to Rang De Basanti, but the direction is not upto the mark. It lacks the conviction to carry such a theme effectively. Also the screenplay has pot boiler elements that divert the film from its main plot. Even the songs act as speed breakers and make the film slow.
Although the second half is much better than the first half, it too drags a little towards the end. The film should have been trimmed by 10 to 15 minutes to make it more pacy. The camera work is fine but nothing special.
The best thing about the film is the performances by its central characters. Sikander Kher delivers the goods and retains the promise that he showed in Woodstock Villa. Gul Panag also does a very fine job. Arjun Bajwa and Alekh Sangal are surprisingly good. Special mention to Prashant Narayan who is too good as the malicious son of the Zamindar (played very well by Vikram Gokhale)
So….”bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hain dum???”
Kuch khaas dum nahi. Second half me kuch dum hai par phir bhi thoda kam hai. The film has a good concept and noble intentions, but a weak screenplay and direction refrain it from being a good movie. Still, it can be watched for a good second half.
Rating : 2.5