‘Sunday’: Boredom all the way
-By Swetha Amit
“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.
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.
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