Sunday, April 04, 2010

Film Review - Tum Milo to Sahi

Movies are like paintings. Some(like Traffic Signal) are landscapes - they tell a story about things that just ARE..and no matter how long you stare at the landscape, the scenery remains unchanged. Some(like 3 idiots) are caricatures. Some (like all Amitabh Bachan movies) are portraits - focusing on one character and everything else is part of the background. Some, like Das Kahaniyan, are clearly collages. And some, like this film, are like the picture below:

where each character is so well etched that its complete in itself, and yet, every character merges effortlessly into the overall story. Their stories, distinct yet interlinked, not like the Gordian knot, but like a beautifully designed tapestry pattern. This film was a delight to watch.

Its a difficult film to review, because one cant talk about the costumes, the art direction, the lighting, the story or the songs, in isolation. If anything, this movie has a... "well blended" feeling to it, where everything falls into place just so, and nothing (except Amit's confession at the end) is jarring or stands out. The climax was predictable. But the film wasnt about the climax. This one time, the journey mattered more than the destination.

One cannot NOT talk about Dimple and Nana. Where have you guys been? When one looks at these performers, the difference in the sheer level of experience is not funny. Even within the film, though the entire cast acted way better than average, the shots which had Dimple and /or Nana just plain stood out. Dimple has a stage presence that lights up the screen just by being in it. Even if she is in a corner of the frame, you will notice her. ONLY her. She was flawless. Mohnish Behl dissapoints. Or maybe one just expects too much out of him now. :-)

The title track deserves special mention. Its rare to find a single song that easily captures all the required situations in a film. And rather easily. With fantastic lyrics. And good singing.

The last film that had such awesome characters that stayed in mind was DDLJ. No kidding. Rocket Singh was a very well written character. But as a film, it has to be DDLJ, where every character had a place and was "well thought out and well executed." Not to mention, perfect casting.

In the end, it all boils down to just one question: Will I see it again? Yes, and then some more.


CY|\|O$|_|RE said...

hmmm.......About "DDLJ", I would say its really an awesome one......but then coming to "Tum Milo To Sahi" I must say....its one of the perfect description.....:)

CY|\|O$|_|RE said...

And as far as the paintings are concerned......sometimes they describe much more than one can expect.....that's why they are one of the best way to describe that what state presently you are in.........

(¯`•._.•[Raajii]•._.•´¯) said...

this is a very written review. I want to watch this movie now :-)

Mee Asli Mumbaikar said...

Hey thanks for the review. Humaari barson ki mehnat rang laayi hai, agar humaari baat is tareeke se aap tak pahunch saki hai.

I value your words!

♪♪HARINI♪♪ said...

i was actually thinking of watching that movie. :P
I surely will now.
Nice blog. Im a huge movie buff too :P
thanks for stopping by my blog :) :)

indianhomemaker said...

Guess I will have to watch this movie now!!!

Loved the review!

How do we know said...

Hi Cynosure: u r so right.. i came out of the film, and HAD to post a review before sleeping. The painting review was not thought out.. it just came!
Have u seen the film yet?

Hi Raaji: I m not sure if its available in the US .. but do catch it when u can.

Hi Mee Asli Mumbaikar: :-) Am so glad u found the time to come here and actually comment! I loved the film.. truly did!

Hi Harini: I used to be a movie buff. Now i m just a toddler tormented mater :-)

Hi ihm: Do tell me what u think.. i'll b waiting for your review.. :-)

kj said...

OMG! you are a top movie reviewer! your introduction made me think about movies as i never had before. you created images and 'catagories' that will stay in my mind.

i always like when you visit my blog. ♥

The Phosgene Kid said...

Dimple and Nana? I'm more of a Larry, Curly, and Moe kind of guy

Pri said...

hmm sounds good...will go watch it today and if its worth it, will collect the ticket refund from you :p

Id it is said...

A very intriguing review...wonder if I can rent it here :)

indianhomemaker said...