Turning 30 Movie Review

Turning 30 Movie Review

Turning 30 Movie Review - Turning 30 Movie Story, Movie Review, Cast & RatingWhat’s so horrifying about turning 30 years old? More or less a milestone in one’s life, turning 30 can be thought of as a pleasant cross over to more settled times.

However, turning 30 alone with a failed relationship and no financial hold whatsoever would not be that comforting to hear or experience!

Written and Directed by debutant Alankrita Shrivastava, ‘Turning 30’ is a film that aims to show just that. Starring Gul Panag, the film portrays the difficulties and insecurities (both physical and mental) an individual faces and would have to face when she loses everything at the age of 30, including her dream job, her dream man and of course, her youth.

This being her maiden venture, Alankrita Shirvastava has tried her best to showcase the story in a different way, possibly imitating Sex and the City or Bridget Jones. And indeed, the film provides its own desi version of the basic storyline that was followed in these two films.

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Naina Singh (played by Gul Panag) has all that she wants in life. On the verge of turning 30 (just two weeks away), she is practically satisfied with everything that life has given her. These include a dream job as a copy head in an ad agency, her dream boyfriend Rishabh (played by Sid Makkar) who cares deeply for her (he regularly cooks and sings songs for her); and wonderful but contrasting girl friends Ruksana (played by Jeneva Talwar) and Malini Roy (a lesbian played by Tilotama Shome).

And then one fine day, Naina’s perfect world comes crashing down at her feet. She is fired from her job and her boyfriend dumps her. And as she nears her 30th birthday, Naina realises the horrible truth, that she is aging fast and alone! The thought seems to cripple her completely as she comes to terms with the fact that she would have to find a way to get her life back together before she loses everything completely.

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In steps Jai (played by Purab Kohli), Naina’s ex boyfriend who proposes to help her through the crisis as a friend, although he has the hidden intention of getting back with Naina again.

But Naina feels helpless as she starts falling deeper and deeper into a hole filled with despair. Nothing seems to work for her and as the days move on, she gets increasingly stuck in a tangled mess that threatens to swallow her happiness completely.

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Although the film starts on a refreshing note, the scenes in the later half show a shift towards a more obvious ending, which is acutally the case when you reach the end. Naina for the most part describes her life in a droning voiceover which although is creative, sounds completely irrational at times.

You get to hear her say things like ‘It’s lonely and I’m scared. But I’m going to put on a brave front’ and ask questions like ‘Are all dreams just illusion’? She also makes it a point to load the voiceover into her Macbook for documentation purposes.

Gul Panag who essays the role of Naina is seen as the teary eyed, weepy and extremely un charming character who’s down in the pits for most part of the film. Not much scope for an outstanding performance!

Turning 30 Movie Review - Turning 30 Movie Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

The rest of the cast is unimpressive as well and the performances by Purab Kohli, Sid Makkar and Tilotama Shomeare are bland and weak. The only person worth mentioning here is Jeneva Talwar who seems to light up the screenplay at certain intervals with her naturally warm character.

The dialogues (mostly English) are ok but the writing definitely isn’t . Alankrita’s efforts to portray the modern Indian urban lifestyle via bars, coffee shops, beauty parlors and offices do not seem to work well with the audience. Certain scenes in the film have also been rated as being obscene for Indian audiences.

On the whole, ‘Turning 30’ may not be your first choice for this weekend. Nevertheless it’s ok for a one time watch, at the end of which you would be asking yourself, ‘If this is what happens to us at 30, what about 40?’

Turning 30 Movie Review - Turning 30 Movie Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

Director: Alankrita Shrivastava

Cast: Gul Panag, Purab Kohli, Sid Makkar, Jeneva Talwar and Thilotama Shome

Rating: 2.5/5

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