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Tum Mile

The film strains for poignancy as the lovers realise that life is too short but their epiphany is more tedious than moving. The special effects are tacky and the situations are ridiculous.

  | March 07, 2014 09:48 IST

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Tum Mile
  • Genre:
    Romance
  • Cast:
    Emraan Hashmi, Soha Ali Khan
  • Director:
    Kunal Deshmukh
  • Producer:
    Mukesh Bhatt
  • Music:
    Pritam Chakraborty
Ex-lovers who had an acrimonious parting six years ago suddenly meet. The meeting triggers memories and eventually they find themselves sitting across a table, asking: why did we ever break up.

What makes this situation unique is that the lovers meet in Mumbai on 26th July, 2005. You might recall that date - it was the day the city received 944 millimeters of rainfall in 18 hours.

The nightmarish floods that followed killed over 450 people and damaged property worth 1000 crore. But our lovers, Akshay and Sanjana, played by Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan, rediscover their feelings through this soaking wet night.

Even as buses topple over and they nearly get killed themselves, they manage to find time to give each other meaningful looks and ask: "tum bhula paye mujhe?"

You must have figured out by now that Tum Mile, ostensibly Bollywood's first disaster movie is superbly silly.

Firstly, there simply isn't enough disaster here. There are a few ominous warnings of turbulence in the skies and some rainfall, but calamity doesn't hit until we are at the interval.

The first half mostly recounts the love story - how Akshay, a brooding struggling artist and Sanjana, a super-rich, successful professional, fell in love and then fell apart.

This narrative isn't very engaging to begin with and it isn't helped by the singularly sullen performances by Soha and Emran. Both have proved themselves to be effective actors but as a romantic couple, they posses little charm. So you are counting the minutes till the water arrives.

But director Kunal Deshmukh, who debuted with the crackling match-fixing film Jannat, isn't able to summon the horror and tragedy of that day.

The special effects are tacky and the situations are ridiculous.

When Akshay and Sanjana find each other, a bus conductor remarks: "Lo Ek aur Majnu ko mil gayi uski Laila", and bystanders start clapping. Even as the two are struggling to stay alive in chest-deep water, Akshay's friend is urging him to tell Sanjana that he loves her.

The film strains for poignancy as the lovers realise that life is too short but their epiphany is more tedious than moving.

Last year, a film called 26th July at Barista also attempted to recreate Mumbai's calamity. Shot entirely inside a Barista caf?, the film featured various characters enduring various tragedies, which were routinely punctuated by a concerned waiter asking if anyone wanted more coffee. It was so bad that it was good.

Tum Mile doesn't even provide that type of entertainment.
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