Tu Hai Mera Sunday Movie Review: Barun Sobti and Shahana Goswami have a delightful equation

Updated: 05 October, 2017 09:52 IST | Mohar Basu | Mumbai

Watching Tu Hai Mera Sunday is like taking a long vacation to Goa. It's great at first. Life is a 'beach', all sand, fair amount alcohol gurgling but in a day or two, the buzz wears off and the fun feels dreary

'Tu Hai Mera Sunday'
Director: Milind Dhaimade
Cast: Barun Sobti, Shahana Goswami, Pallavi Batra

Watching 'Tu Hai Mera Sunday' is like taking a long vacation to Goa. It's great at first. Life is a 'beach', all sand, fair amount alcohol gurgling but in a day or two, the buzz wears off and the fun feels dreary. At 2 hours plus' runtime, the film feels overwrought, stretched and exhaustingly long. That's probably the only thing which doesn't work for the film. Besides the obvious problems that slice-of-life genre entails, everything else works in its favour. The writing is precise, even if a few characters are relatively underdeveloped. For most part, the story feels palpable.

'Tu Hai Mera Sunday'
'Tu Hai Mera Sunday'

A big chunk of the screen time is dedicated to the tender romance between Arjun (Barun Sobti) and Kavi (Shahana Goswami). She stays with her ailing father in Mumbai apartment and he's an IIM grad, with a Yale degree as well, who gave him everything to seek happiness for himself. In the first scene itself, Arjun is introduced as the 'accha aadmi' as he takes care of Kavi's dad whom he met accidentally on his way to a football practice session with his boys. The rest of the pack have their staple issues. Vishal Malhotra plays Bandra-based Goan man-ing everyone judiciously with severe mommy troubles toppled with bro problems. Nakul Bhalla is plagued with boss troubles as he pulls off a Ranbir Kapoor ala 'Tamasha'. There's the charming Rasika Duggal, who is barely there to make an impact. But then again, it's one of those movies designed to be devoured as a whole than be relished in bits.

Even as the narrative is bogged down by clichés of an aarti-chanting Gujju family or an iniquitous senior colleague targeting a damsel in distress, it benefits heavily from the delightful equation Barun and Shahana weave. Their relationship covers an entire gamut of emotions – from strangers to friends taking aimless strolls and falling in love. The last scene of the two will sell itself to those with a taste for mush.

You wish everything in the film worked as effortlessly as them but clearly director Milind Dhaimade doesn't spread out his material between the characters. The film's music is soothing but fails to linger. You want to fall for this dreamy view of the real world but it's too inept and won't have the shelf life stretching for any longer than a lazy weekend afternoon. Personally, everyone has their version of Etta James' A Sunday Kind Of Love and on a really uneventful one, this film might even make it to my watch list. But going to the theatres is too much of an effort to make for it.

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