Tuesday, January 29, 2008

‘Sunday’: Boredom all the way

-By Swetha Amit
After the mundane routine of the five day week, it is the weekend that many look forward to unwind and gear up for some enjoyment. However with such poor quality of hyped up entertainers with the pretext of tickling the funny bone and raising the expectations; one may as well be confined to their corporate drones and buzzes.

“What if one day went missing from your life?” as the film tagline says. However if one is left with nothing to do except watch a flick like Sunday, it’s certainly worth a miss.
The movie starts by portraying a gruesome murder of a young girl. And the police are on the ‘who dun it’ trail.

Seher (Ayesha Takia) is a dubbing artiste for animated films and is like any other fun loving girl next door. However things take a turn when she realizes her inability to recall her experiences of one particular Sunday. A bewildered Seher is even more alarmed when she is hounded for not paying a Taxi driver Ballu (Arshad Warsi) and being called a ghost by his friend Kumar (Irfan Khan).

It proves to be even more appalling when she is chased by rogues who are after her life. A distressed Seher turns to her prospective life partner ACP Rajvir Randhava (Ajay Devgan) to get to the bottom of these mysterious happenings. Munching his cone ice-cream and accepting bribes at every given opportunity; Rajvir manages to get to the bottom of this perplexing puzzle. In between these instances are romantic breaks with a soulful song which makes the viewers want to ask the filmmaker to take a break. Interrupting the momentum of the furtive flick are comical concealers by Arshad Warsi and unnecessary numbers with cameo roles by Tushar Kapoor and Esha Deol.

Ajay Devgan looks jaded as he finds solace in his cone ice-creams more than his on-screen image or his dialogue delivery. Ayesha Takia is apt as the bubbly Seher. While the story twists and turns at its slow pace, its Arshad Warsi and Irfan Khan who prove to be the saving grace of the film with a few comical moments. This is depicted in the scenes where Irfan Khan who is an aspiring actor is dressed in Ravan’s costume and chased down by a dog. Also the night escapade with the twosome and a drunken Ayesha Takia who takes them for a ride literally up to the spooky graveyard on the outskirts of Delhi is hilarious.

Music deserves a yawn after a slightly peppy start of the title track. Direction loses pace with the unwarranted numbers and certain sequences are dragged in order to fill the two and a half hour duration bracket. Plot thickens only to thin down like loose ends of a rope.

Rohit Shetty’s Sunday neither falls in the genre of comedy nor suspense. An attempt of combining the two finer elements results in an out of shape comic thriller which at times showcases unrelated aspects. The previous release ‘Golmaal’ by the same director seems to have been carried forward in a negative manner; making one realize that the ingredient of ‘Golmaal’ has been added in large doses. Especially when the final outcome does neither evoke laughter all the way nor retain the gripping factor of suspense.

‘Sunday’ which is usually associated with a 'fun' day, sadly turns out to be bored(ay)om all the way. Instead it can be utilized to catch up on some sleep which is bound to occur inside the cinema halls; the only difference is that one needn’t ‘pay’ for catching up on their forty winks.
Written for www.msn.co.in



Blogger KParthasarathi said...

The author's review is crisp and candid.There is no equivocation in expressing her views.But then she must realise that making of commercial films is no easy job.The audience's expectations are varied.Any film has several components like,romance,fights and action,songs,punchy dialogues, storyline,comic track and a director has perforce to make a heady cocktail of these essential ingredients,whether they are relevant or not.Some succeed and most fail.Some like the movie and some are not pleased.The intention however is to provide a good fare.
Sunday was after all intended to be a fun(filled) day.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Mukundh said...

The commercial movies of today do not deserve a mention. Most of them are random crap.For a remake, Sunday is pathetic.A nicely written review though!

2:56 AM  
Blogger Ranjana Dasgupta said...

I disagree with your review.
While I agree that one should come away with a lesson from movies, I also think we need some that lighten us up.
The movie was ridiculuously funny and obviously, if one tried to apply logic and reason, then one would come away with feelings you expressed.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

@KP:Sometimes these ingredients turn out to be so successful that the aroma tends to last for a long time amongst the audience.But other times it turns out as a wrong combination and leaves a lingering bitter taste. Sunday was one such masala where the khichdi was probably overcooked.:-)

@Mukundh:Thanks.:-)Yes,There are times when I go to the theatre for a good laugh as the promos promise to tickle the funny bone.But it turns out that I end up yawning away to glory.Hoping for better flicks in the future.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

@Ranjana:Well there are times people should carry a lesson forward from films such as the socially relevant 'Taare Zameen par.' And yes I agree that it should sometimes make one unwind from their mundane corporate zone and provide a good laugh.Comedy flicks like Golmaal,Garam masala,Welcome,Partner,Dhamaal have managed to do that and didnt require the aspect of logic. In my opinion 'Sunday' had something missing in it. But yes peoples' perception do differ.Each one to his/her own I guess.

9:52 PM  

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