Filmmaker Prakash Jha is a very interesting person. He always seems to produce films which are something unusual and not very common. If we look at his flimography then we would surely notice that he had produced films which have somewhat odd topic but though challenging which only depends on direction and content. Films like Mrityudand (1997) starring Madhuri Dixit was a woman oriented struggling with old ethics of our society, films like Rahul (2001) which was a bit child oriented struggling with his divorce parents, Dil Dosti Etc. (2007) which was on a college politics issue combined with student union and etc. And Now again he has produced a film called ‘Turning 30’ which has again an unusual topic such as targeted to all the single women’s who are working and turning 30 of their age, struggling with life, boyfriends, relationships, job, career, and so on.
It’s the story of one single young woman, Naina (Gul Panag), who is very energetic, bubbly, sporty, talented, loving, caring, and is turning 30 of her age in few days. And before her 30th birthday, she cramps down to a disaster. Her three year long lasting relationship with his boyfriend is been shattered when he dumps her because he is now marrying to some rich chic for financial security of their family, in office her seniors and boss are been unfair to her and plays bad politics such as stealing ideas from her and not giving credits and all, her mother keeps on worrying about turning 30 and still not yet settled, her friends are having babies at this age and giving her feeling of insecurities about being turning 30, and just so on which includes all the basic and common problems which usually women faces who are working, single, and about to be turn 30 or nearby that. While her this phase is going on, she now meets her ex-boyfriend cum friend Jai (Purab Kohli) in one of the recent event. They were in a relationship in their college days about four years back, but as Jai was not yet financial secured he decided to call off their relationships. Now a twist comes there in the story where at the present Jai is a bit interested after knowing Naina’s history of disaster and sooner her also proposed her for a marriage on her 30th birthday itself where her friends thrown a surprise party especially for her at her place and Jai was invited as a special guest. And as usual the same old story was repeated on the second half where Naina needs some time to think, she can’t forget about her first love and wants him back, she turned jobless and everybody is irritating her, and so on. At the end we all know, all’s well that ends well. Naina becomes famous writer by writing ‘Turning 30’ book and marries Jai.
Though the concept is very unique and challenging but the content was little bit of selective, in the sense is for much selected audiences. This film is purely dedicated to and strictly for single working young woman who are above 25 and below 35, but also for above 35 who are still single and dedicate to their respective work, they all will feel the experiences what they had and what they will go through.
First half was good and impressive in technical aspect, where the Alankrita Shrivastava had made her debutant much innovative and notable. However the second half of the movie was much clichéd. Neither the story nor via technical they had offered us something new. The same old repetitive stuff has been shown us in different forms that how women suffers a lot. But the best part in the movie which I liked the most is the voice over by Gul which she was narrating the whole story. The dialogues and the script written in the whole voice over part were amazing, very funny and hilarious, and something very factual. One of the dialogue I still remember and laughed at the theatre that why does every women wants those men who doesn’t want them, and why does every women doesn’t want those men who really wants them. Surprisingly it’s a very factual statement which every man would understand. However there a small correction that not every women doesn’t want those men who really wants them, but they are surely are bit of not interested or taking as granted to those poor men’s.
Apart from the story and dialogues, direction was in all very impressive and same goes to every technical person which includes good cinematography, good editing, nice technical works, ok music and background score, and so on. As for the performances, Gul had given a very commendable and a bravo performance. I think this would be her best performance till date. Her expressing emotions, delivering dialogues, body languages; everything was simply into the character. As a ‘Turning 30’ woman I guess she was the best actor which was suitable and apart from her no other would be imagined.
The film is for very selective spectators, not every would like this and not everybody would love this. On the whole, this film is like a must watch documentary film especially for only those women’s, to which the title is saying it all.
2.5 / 5