Banner: Love and Faith Films
Producers: Varun Shah, Kawal Verma, Aruna Mehta
Director: Milind Dhaimade
Cast: Barun Sobti, Shahana Goswami, Vishal Malhotra, Avinash Tiwari, Nakul Bhalla, Jai Upadhyay, Rasika Duggal, Suhaas Ahuja, Pallavi Batra, Maanvi Gagroo
Writer: Milind Dhaimade
Music: Amartya Rahut
This slice-of-life film follows the lives of five friends, namely Arjun (Barun Sobti), Rashid (Avinash Tiwary), Dominic (Vishal Malhotra), Mehernosh (Nakul Bhalla), Jayesh (Jai Upadhyay), caught in the city’s humdrum, seeking their escape through a ritualistic game of football every Sunday. This light-hearted film has more to offer than just football and explains the importance of cultivating our own happiness in life.
It is just like any other Sunday. The boys have their heads in the game when a senile old man barges into their match and kicks the football into the face of a socialite, who is in the middle of a press conference. The angry lady puts a blanket ban on playing football on Juhu beach. The men lose the only respite in their lives. Left with no activity to divert their minds, the men must confront their demons and embark on a quest to regain their own sanity.
Arjun meets the senile old man’s daughter Kavi (Shahana Goswami). They hit it off from the word go when Arjun graciously offers taking her appa (father) out for football every Sunday. Rashid, known as the womaniser among the pack, finds new interest in his neighbour Tashneem (Rasika Duggal) who alters the way he looks at life. As Dominic struggles to combat his domineering mother’s wishful attempts to get him married, his brother Denise (Suhaas Ahuja) joins her to add more trouble to his already wrecked life. Mehernosh’s crush Peppy (Pallavi Batra) brings drastic transformation in his life. Jayesh’s plight of breaking free from his outnumbered family seems to be never-ending.
For the love of the sport the entire gang, along with their families, take a trip to Goa. This might sound like a run-of-the-mill, youth escapist film, but it isn’t. The story centres on the subject of self-discovery. Some of the scenes, in bits and pieces, might seem to be falling out of place but that is most efficiently compensated with crisp dialogue and effortless story-telling.
This bunch of young guns, striving tenaciously to achieve the silver lining to all their odds, is a fresh take on the coming-of-age narrative. Director-writer Milind Dhaimade has beautifully brought his vision to life where each story portrays how our fast-fleeting urban life has forced the youth to move away from their adolescent selves and come to terms with reality. What forms the crux of the story is their attempt to withstand the test of their friendship and attain happiness in their own ways.
Music director Amartya Rahut has struck the right chord with his compositions. Shalmali Kholgade’s Tu Hai Mera Sunday is a soulful number and Arijit Singh’s Dhoondlo will make you sit and introspect in solitude. Yeh Mera Man by Ash King is plain nostalgia!
Performance-wise, Barun Sobti and Shahana Goswami’s chemistry on screen is meticulous. Shahana’s superlative performance is like a breath of fresh air. Shiv Subrahmanyam pulls off his character with an ever-so-nuanced performance. Jay Upadhyay does full justice to his character with his clever one-liners. All the characters are rooted and well-developed and this is what makes the entire cast give stellar performances.
Verdict: Worth a watch!