The idea of a warm and popular neighbourhood adda being threatened by big business in the age of glass-facade commercial spaces, sprawling malls and international brand homogeneity is a topic that resonates with our age. This is the premise of Tum Milo Toh Sahi.
Lucky Café, frequented by college students, office-goers, families and the retired, is run by the affable Dilshad Irani (Dimple Kapadia). This is where an ambitious builder (Suniel Shetty) met his simple teacher wife (Vidya Malavade); where the love story of two college students (Anjana Sukhani and Rehan Khan) plays out and where a retired legal clerk (Nana Patekar) discovers there is life outside the nine-to-five.
But somewhere between the bun-maska and the cookies, the screenplay gets overcooked. Myriad characters with shallow backstories who add no value to the script flit in and out. Patekar’s Subramaniam BA LLB, is the most fleshed-out character. His idiosyncrasies, one-liners and performance (the fluctuating accent notwithstanding) are endearing. The rest of the characters are caricatures, performed poorly, with Shetty leading the pack. His accent and clumsy efforts at drama are inadvertently comic. As the CEO of a corporation, he buys a 4-BHK house for his son and wife and then, after a fight, sleeps on the sofa. It is hard to suppress a giggle at this point.
Endearing: Nana Patekar plays the role of a retired legal clerk.
The weak writing is retarded further by sloppy editing, forgettable songs (besides the title song) and a host of supporting actors who react every time the camera settles on them.
Tanishaa Mukherjee makes a special appearance as an item girl, sharing the song with Malavade. Though there are some sweet moments between Patekar and Kapadia, by the time the courtroom climax unfolds you are flummoxed.
The only thing the film succeeds in doing is making you want to patronise the nearest Irani café.
Tum Milo Toh Sahi released in theatres on Friday.