Tell me O Khuda – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 30, 2011 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Hema Malini
DIRECTOR –Hema Malini and Mayur Puri
CAST – Esha Deol, Arjan Bajwa, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Farooq Sheikh, Deepti Naval, Hema Malini and Johnny Lever
MUSIC – Pritam
Stories of finding one’s roots make for excellent cinematic journeys. There is scope for great character sketches, delving deep into the psyche. There is scope for great drama and play of visuals. There is an unlimited choice for playing with narrative in multiple ways and so on. Besides, it automatically makes for great engagement if the characters are written with feeling and events are memorable.
Hema Malini’s second directorial venture, made to re-launch her daughter Esha Deol, must have been created with the exact promise of the above juiciness. But something went seriously wrong and it shows on the big screen throughout.
It is a story of a young girl Tanya (Esha Deol), an established writer leading a posh life who suddenly finds that she is adopted. She begins a search for her biological father alongwith boyfriend Jai (Arjan Bajwa) and a friend Kuki (Chandan Roy Sanyal). This search takes her from India to Turkey and back. It makes her meet feudal lords, mafia dons and business magnates. It brings her close to the realities of women from female foeticide, to infertility, male chauvinism and plight of landless farmers. She wades through it all to find her truth.
Esha Deol, as the young yet mature girl in search of her father strikes a completely wrong note. Her performance lacks a stability and depth rendering all else fruitless. Her character’s and the director’s approach to the issues surrounding them is amazingly flippant serving more harm to the already frail film. The film takes its own time to meander through to its point and by this dilly-dallying takes an immense toll on the viewer. Without engagement, without viewer-friendly characters and a sketchy plot there is little to keep one rooting for Tanya. Arjan Bajwa as the boyfriend has little to do and so does Chandan Roy but both perform with grace. Yester-year stars, Vinod Khanna, Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor, Farooq Sheikh, Deepti Naval and Mme Malini herself make special appearances but to little effect.
There is a prettiness in the visuals as the film scans Rajasthan, Goa and Turkey with colour and romance. But the visual appeal remains limited, doing little for the lacklustre experience the film provides. The journey and its characters just do not make you want to take them home.