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Summer 2007 hindi movie

Summer 2007 hindi movie

Summer 2007 hindi movie

Cast : Sikander, Gul Panag, Uvika Chowdhary, Arjan Bajwa, Ashutosh Rana
Director : Suhail Tatari

review from "The Economic Times"

Summer 2007 is as unpredictable as the Mumbai monsoon and once it starts off, it shows no signs of ceasing. That's not to be taken as a complete compliment! Let me explain.

The film starts off as a campus caper, indulges into college politics, shifts focus to issues in rural India, talks about ruthless landlords and calls for a change as it concludes. But the director fails to correlate the subplots efficiently and with the conflicts fluctuating frequently, the film lacks a focal point.

Here's a group of five medical college students (with nauseating nicknames) who have a carefree approach to life and consider themselves cool. Rahul aka Butter (Sikander) is the group-leader who had a failed relationship with Priyanka aka Pepsi (Uvika Chowdhary). Qateel aka Kats (Arjan Bajwa) is the Casanova while Bagani aka Bugs (Alekh Sangal) is the despo dude. The munificent Mother T aka Vishaka (Gul Panag) completes the company.

Post a futile romance track mercifully hurried in a flashback and a university election episode pitilessly prolonged till the interval point, the actual plot of the film unveils. To escape the elections, the group shifts to the interiors of rural Maharashtra in a village stuck by farmer suicide. While officially they are supposed to work as interns in the village hospital, on a parallel note they plan a vacation to Goa. Until they awake to the piteous plight of the poverty-struck people there through the village doctor Mukya (Ashutosh Rana).

While you expect the story to concentrate on the upliftment of the underprivileged, it diverts to a cruel zamindar (Vikram Gokhale) and his archetypal debauched son (Prosshant Narayanan) who torment the villagers with excessive-interest rate credits.

From thereon it further deviates to a reformed criminal (Sachin Khedekar) who offers monetary solution to the oppressed in form of micro-credit loans (whatever that means) which appears as much unpersuasive as much as the motivation of the protagonists.

Suddenly naxalites and corrupt politicians are crammed in the narrative. Unfortunately the socio-economics affairs of state or the macroscopic politics behind the issue of farmer suicide remains untouched and the film wants us to believe that the actual reason behind the matter is merely restricted to exploitive moneylenders.

The film has two totally unconnected halves and that's because the screenplay fails to relate the transition of the characters in the second half to their conflicts in the first. The issue it chooses is noble and novel and also, to an extent, the approach is decent until it starts drifting. The director has convincingly worked on the transition of the protagonists from carefree collegians to concerned citizens.

While the concerns of the film are set on a topical and socially-relevant premise, the remedy it offers seems to be superfluous and cinematically manipulated. Apparently, the conflict and conversion of the characters and the climax of the film seems to derive parallels from Rang De Basanti. Meanwhile an item number doesn't come across as the most credible way of assembling the villagers for a lecture on loans. Also the relentlessly wandering second half stretches beyond permissible limits, testing your patience and making you restlessly squirm in your seats.

Nevertheless, debutante Suhail Tatari's direction is intermittently impressive and he does derive decent performances from the cast. Ashutosh Rana is the scene-stealer in his resourcefully restrained act. Despite his clich├ęd characterization, Prosshant Narayanan strikes with a natural performance. Gul, Arjan and Uvika are fair. Alekh irritates occasionally. Sikander exerts his expressions but, like he keeps repeating in the film, has the 'beginner's luck'.

Summer 2007 makes a tepid attempt at igniting a rebellious fire. This one doesn't give a cold shoulder to the issue but isn't an exceptionally warm viewing experience either.


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