In a country where it is rare to find a movie catering to children and old people’s issues, Club 60 comes with a refreshing promise. Old age can be a very lonely place and on top of it, if you are grappling with a tragedy, life can become unbearable.
Tareeq Shaikh (Farooque Shaikh) and Saira (Sarika) lose their only son to an act of mindless violence far away in USA. To get away from the grief, this doctor couple move from Pune to Mumbai. While Saira decides to drown herself in work to forget her sorrow, Tareeq is not able to bring himself to get out of the shock and misery and starts wallowing in self-pity. It’s as if life just stopped for him. And then they meet the happy-go-lucky-bordering-on-obnoxious Mannubhai (Raghuveer Yadav), for whom Tareeq takes an instant dislike. But Mannubhai barges into their lives and gets them to meet his other friends: miserly Mansukhani (Satish Shah), lonely Zafar (Tinu Anand), heartbroken Dhillon (Sharath Saxena) and a IT officer (Vineeth Kumar) and then their lives start changing.
It is rather gutsy of writer director Sanjay Tripathy to tackle a subject that is not really glamorous and enticing at the outset. The director also should get the credit for doing a near perfect casting and getting the best out of them. Watch some of the emotion laden scenes between Farooque Shaikh and Sarika and it is a pity that such immensely talented people are not seen on screen with such solid roles more often. Shah’s understated Mansukhani is also a brilliant performance worth writing home about. The exuberant Mannubhai of Yadav starts getting on your nerves initially but then soon you learn to tolerate him, just like Tareeq does in the movie.
The story works on different levels subtly telling us about, how each of us has gone through some or the other kind of loss and wallowing in self pity is never the solution and also how all of us can be accused of prejudging a person or a situation without really knowing the reality. And most of all, old age is not the end of life.
The downer is that the film stretches a bit too much and for a subject of this kind, sharper editing would have worked wonders. The climax is contrived and predictable but on the whole, you don’t really mind that much considering that this movie does make an attempt to touch your heart and wake you up to certain harsh realities of life. Watch this one. You are sure to get teary-eyed at one point or the other. But other than that, we need to encourage movies which dares to speak for our elders who most often are left alone to grapple with loneliness and helplessness.
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