This is my 400th post !!! YAY
Watched ‘Turning 30’ today and boy was it almost like reading my own mind, eh? Umm… On second thoughts not really 😉
As the title suggests the movie revolves round being 30 and it portrays the ups and downs of it-mostly downs initially. How your family, friends, peers and not to forget the maids react especially when you’re single at that moment. How the number 30 is being made into a monster eating all your patience and peace of mind in life.
Naina [Gul Panag] goes through a phase where in her about-to-marry boy friend leaves her for a rich damsel and there are situations created at workplace where in she is pressurized to quit her job. On top of that her mother is after her to get married to a decent guy-for god’s sake!
The story ends pretty well where in the message is very clearly stated- Being 30 is not a crime. In fact it’s kind of age where in all important things happen to a woman and she should celebrate that. It’s just a number and one should not feel pressurized or look down at oneself. There are situations in life which can arrive at any age like at 20 or a 25 or even 30.
So, be yourself, love yourself and enjoy yourself!
It’s been set up in urban Mumbai and hence I’ve a doubt that it would reach to all the masses. Because, the facts and the way they’re presented are surely not going to click with the so called mango man. But for people like us who can look into the face of certain facts of life without feeling shy or blinking an eye, this movie will reach the brain [but not the heart]
Gul has done a good job-justice to the role that is. She is quiet natural throughout. There are other mini stories, about Gul’s 2 best friends, too going around hand in hand with the main plot of ‘being 30 and single’.
Few punches in between make you laugh for sure and certain things that you can relate to as a woman are highlighted. However, There is nothing new that you’ll find in the movie like we all know how it is to approach 30s…[even if you’re not there you’ve heard it all] like grey hair saga, that marriage has to happen by that time, friends are already having babies and you’re getting late, your biological clock is ticking et al.
I would say it’s an average movie. But for the first time director-Alankrita Srivastava-I think it was a good job done. So sit back at home [if you’ve not already been to the theatre and spent precious bucks on it] order pizza and watch it on a DVD 🙂
P.S. It would be a great fun to watch it while having a pyjama party or a reunion sorts. It’s a fun flick that ways.
P.P.S. It reminded me of the novel that I had read 2 years back- A piece of cake by Swati Kaushal. Quiet resembling .If you’ve not read the book yet go for it too!
P.P.P.S. The movie is certified ‘A’ and you know while I was buying tickets at the PVR counter the guy before issuing me the tickets told me in a stern voice ‘Mam, this is an A certified movie and the people watching it must be above 18. Are you sure you want to buy the tickets?’ I gave him my best WTF look and paid for the tickets..Hah.. Should I be happy that I probably look below 18 [which isn’t true I know] or should I frown?