Friday’s here and this time it’s Friday the 13th and on a day like this theatres witness the release of two films dealing with catastrophes Hollywood megafilm 2012 and our very own Bhatt venture, Tum Mile. Starring Bhatt camp romeo Emran Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan, Tum Mile has been directed by Kunal Deshmukh who’s Jannat became one of the biggest hits last year. This time KD brings us a love story once more where estranged lovers find love again amidst a flooding Mumbai.
Four years after the climatic catastrophe of 26/7 comes a film that claims to revolve it’s story around the Mumbai floods. So evidently expectations are riding high because honestly each Mumbaikar has a story to tell about 26th July. Some of us were lucky to be safe at home, some were trapped in traffic and some unfortunately even lost loved ones. So when you make a movie about an event that’s still etched in everyone’s memory, you HAVE to deliver. So does Kunal Deshmukh’s second film do justice to the Mumbai floods?
Honestly, NO. Tum Mile is a love story that could have used any terror/calamity situation for it’s progress; the fact that this was the day when the city that never sleeps actually stood still didn’t come across at all. Tum Mile is just a love story that could have taken place anywhere in the world with any disastrous conditions and it wouldn’t have changed the storyline one bit! On it’s own as a love story/ romantic film Tum Mile has a decent story line.
Akash (Emran Hashmi) and Sanjana (Soha Ali Khan) are two estranged lovers who meet on a plane after a hiatus of six years. Each have moved on with their lives in their own way but there’s still a latent love that breathes somewhere deep inside. What starts off as a seemingly innocent encounter on the same flight back to Mumbai-ends up as a rollercoaster ride through some of the darkest hours of Mumbai-as they see the city drown and are forced to stick together in this time of crisis.
The story shifts perspective between the past and the present - a love that was and got lost somewhere along the way. And as these two struggle their way through the stormy Mumbai night, they seek closure and comfort within the other. Will the storm outside bring calm to the storm inside their hearts?
Kunal Deshmukh’s direction in the film is pretty average, even the cinematography only holds good for the past sequences in picturesque Cape Town. The scenes about the flood which should have been jaw dropping create just about a stir. The plot moves quickly but it’s dampened by the songs. Though the music score is fairly good with Dil ibadat and Tum Mile being my favourites but there are just too many songs that break the flow of the film.
Performances… well Emran’s quite good as the shy, temperamental artist but Soha’s shining! Her performance is very natural watch her as she softly cries while Emran paints a portrait of her… her eyes speak volumes… great performance! Red fm radio jockey, Mantra plays Emran’s chaddi buddy in the film but his character seems completely unnecessary in both the 1st and the 2nd halves! You know, I would have probably felt better about this film had the end not been so terrible and abrupt. We all know that ultimately the hero always gets the girl but it’s the way in which the director puts that you end up loving, liking or hating the film. KD bungles up big time with the ending! One moment there’s Mantra screaming yahan se rasta hai nikalne ka and then blip after 5 mins the movie is over! Even if it was the loss of a character that supposedly brought the lovers together… this is not very clear from the following scenes. Also dear director, I assure you the Mumbai floods did not just end in one day… there were people who were trapped for as long as 3 days in heavily flooded areas!
Overall Tum Mile is just about okay. I would suggest you rather wait for the DVD than waste money in the theatres right now. However, if you are in a mood for a climatic catastrophe of gigantic proportions then go for 2012 instead!
Rating - 2 / 5