Seene mein jalan, aankhon mein toofaan saa kyun hai,
Is sheher mein har shakhs pareshaan saa kyun hai?
This song, penned by Shaharyaar, was written in 1978 and spoke of Mumbai. The song brought to life, the isolation, the loneliness, being stuck in the daily and seemingly endless rigmarole we call work. 39 years later, all these issues have only compounded with never ceasing population, advent of social media which has made us more asocial and perhaps more resources but lesser time to enjoy them.
Tu Hai Mera Sunday comes with a fresh look at our lives and simply offers some solutions by the way of the stories of it’s characters.
A group of belonging to different backgrounds, ages and situations in life meet every Sunday to play football at the Juhu beach. It is clearly something that they really look forward to all week. One Sunday however, an old man battling senile dementia bumps into them and Arjun, the do-gooder of the group takes him along to play with them. However they soon get into trouble as when the old man kicks the ball it goes flying and hits the President of The Juhu Beach Association.
As a repercussion, all sports are banned from the beach, leaving the men annoyed with Arjun and miserable otherwise. This was their only escape from their routine life and their personal demons. Arjun finds the whereabouts of the man and hands him over him to his daughter Kavya. Kavya works hard in the week and a nurse takes care of her father and on Sundays she takes care of him. This Sunday he just walked out as the door was left open by mistake. Arjun in those brief moments is privy to the pressures she has, offers to take ‘uncle’ along every Sunday for football so that she can have some time to herself.
We are slowly introduced to the others in the group and their battles. One stays with his mother and has an intense sibling rivalry with his brother. Another lives alone in a particularly messy house and has a series of girlfriends. One is stuck in a large joint family with no option for peace or space.
All of these characters in Tu Hai Mera Sunday decide to go to Goa to play football as much as they want for a day. Here with some peace and space, they are able to see things a bit differently. They figure out that they have forgotten to fight back! The fights involve forgotten dreams, finding new connections, finding the spontaneity to express love, to allow new people in life, to let go of some people and situations in life and basically find the happiness within their life. In the end, their Sunday is no more an escape from the struggles of life BUT celebrations of daily challenges and daily triumphs.
It is 4.5 out of 5. Simply narrated, has a lot of charm, resonance, heart, substance and most of all, a lot of sunshin-y hope. All the actors are so well cast and perform with such naturalness that you feel you’ve always known and loved them. You will find yourself, your family, colleagues, neighbours and co-travelers in this film. It will make you smile and refresh you.
The only complaint I have is that too many dialogue in Gujarati, Tamil, Konkani, etc., without subtitles. But that didn’t cast a shadow on the glowing faces in the small number of audience. It is that film that comes along once in a while and entertains and enriches you.
Starring: Barun Sobti, Vishal Malhotra, Shahana Goswami, Avinash Tiwary
Written and directed by: Milind Dhaimade
– Reviewed by Nandini Arora
Nandini Arora is a TV writer by profession, having contributed to many a masala saas-bahu shows. She seeks masala in her real life too, sometimes by unashamed gossip, delectable food and in books. She loves movies and discussing them even more, over a cup of elaichi chai!
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