Birthdays are a much-celebrated affair for most of us. But amidst this land of happy folk, there is also a set of people who dread the idea of birthdays.
Birthdays are a much-celebrated affair for most of us. But amidst this land of happy folk, there is also a set of people who dread the idea of birthdays. Rajiv Kaul, who is the protagonist of the film, goes through this dreaded feeling and the problems that he encounters are revealed in the film. Shallow topic? Well, it starts off interestingly enough, but it is all downhill thereafter. Thrills and excitement are injected via what can be deemed as a tragic death, murder or accident that mars Rajiv’s 40th birthday. He, then, wakes up to find that everything is normal and what happened was just a bad dream. The way director Samir Soni has built up the premise is interesting but with the progress of the film, the plot slips from his hand.
But while the film progresses, he is troubled by several questions. These questions evoke curiosity around the film. Rajiv goes through the motions feeling that something is wrong with him and that he has lost his mind. Is all this just a result of gerascophobia, the fear of ageing? Well, you could do worse than watch this film to find out. The film is based on a unique concept and could have made for a very interesting and nail-biting tale. But it ceases to be so since it gets very repetitive. By the time the real suspense is introduced, you no more feel the jolt you are supposed to witness.
Sanjay Suri in films like My Brother Nikhil, Firaaq has made a point that if the actor is given meatier roles and the proper direction he can transcend himself to a totally different plane. Sanjay’s acting somehow lacks the punch. Samir Soni is the director too lacks in ample places. He fails to smoothly create the layers in his writing. Soni has co-produced this film with his lead star, Sanjay Suri. The screenplay too is Soni’s, with inputs by Vrushali Telang.