'Farooq Shaikh' a name with which today's generation might associate as father of Ranbir Kapoor in the movie 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' or host of TV show 'Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai'. But original Farooq Sheikh is much more beyond these character roles or TV shows. He is still known for his wonderful films like 'Gaman', 'Chashme Buddor', 'Umrao Jaan', 'Saath Saath', 'Katha' and many more. His performance and selection of films were simple, realistic and heart touching. Despite the changing times, he still survived with his simplicity and kept giving us some decent performance on the big and small screen. But since the last two decades we hardly saw any film which could do justice to his performance or even have the ability to extract a great performance from this ace actor. He got few chances in films like 'Listen...Amaya' and 'Lahore' but was nowhere close to his potential due to various reasons. Now this week's released film 'Club 60', claims to be an out and out Farooq Sheikh film with yesteryears actress Sarika and other character actors associated with it. So let's find out whether 'Club 60' will finally do justice to the caliber of Farooq Sheikh and his style of simple heart touching films or might be on the lines of all other recent films trying to encash only on the actors past glory.
'Club 60' is story of an aging married couple Dr. Tariq (Farooq Sheikh) & Dr. Saira (Sarika). After the demise of their young son they move to Mumbai city but Tariq has lost the motivation to live. At that moment they meet a loud and crazy neighbour Manu (Raghuvir Yadav) who is full of life and wants Tariq to join a club named 'Club 60'. After the initial hesitation Tariq decides to join the club and meets Manu's friends (Tinnu Anand, Sharat Saxena, Satish Shah and Vineet Kumar). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
Story might remind you of some films like 'Shararat', 'Umar', 'Aashayein' and even a small portion of 'Lage Raho Munnabhai'. But except for some minor similarities, 'Club 60' is unique and different on its own. The basic one line concept is superb with great screenplay moments attached to it. There are some good scenes like Farooq's intro speech followed by remembering his son and desire to live, Farooq's initial reaction to Raghuvir's bonding, Sarika chat with Harsh Chaya over her son, Farooq complaining about the club followed by Sarika's outburst, Farooq's bonding with the club mates and many more. The first half is superb with some great comical and emotional moments attached to it. The second half too continues to deliver some good scenes but, gets bit diluted by the thin story line. The side tracks tend to drag the movie towards the finale which could have been trimmed down on marginal basis. Also the tone of the film is bit loud with low level production values. The makers should have mellowed the tone of the film and removed some unwanted moments in the film to keep it crisp and gripping. Luckily, the motive behind the film overshadows the negative points along with the heart touching performances by the lead actors.
Music & Direction:
Music by Pranit Gedham is sweet and melodious. It's perfect for a proper Farooq Sheikh type of film from his golden days. 'Pal Pal' is full of life but the ghazal 'Rooh Mein' along with 'Mera Saaya' are superb songs which connects to your heart. 'Wah Wah' should have been strictly omitted. Background music is loud.
Debutant director Sanjay Tripathy does full justice to his story and manages to extract some fine performances from Farooq Sheikh, Sarika, Raguvir Yadav and others. His dialog, emotional and comical moments touches your heart and manages to moist your eyes as well as gives a smile on your face too. It needs guts to make such neat and clean film whose sole purpose is to celebrate life. If only he would have trimmed down some side tracks (Sharat Saxena's) or work a little more on the story part, the end results would have been more encouraging.
Farooq Shaikh is back with bang when it comes to heart touching performance. He is outstanding in the first half. After a long time we can say that this movie belongs to Farooq Sheikh along with Sarika who in her all scenes was mind blowing. She looks pretty and makes a great pair with Farooq Sheikh. Raghuvir Yadav starts on a very loud and irritating note but as the movie progresses he becomes the darling rascal of the film and is the most loved character in the film. Farooq and Raghuvir proves that even after being suppressed for years, given a chance they will always bounce back like they did in this movie. Satish Shah, Sharat Saxena, Tinu Anand, Vineet Kumar lend great support and performs very well. Suhasini Mulay, Harsh Chhaya, Himani Shivpuri and Mona Wasu do their job perfectly. Zarina Wahab's cameo was welcomed.
So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well if you love sweet, feel good, slice of the life type film with good performances then this movie is a must watch for all of you. Apparently, the narration style is bit slow with loud treatment and few unwanted tracks which dilutes the film. But on overall basis it's a refreshing change from the usual crap we have been witnessing in recent times, thus would advise all good movie lovers to enroll themselves quickly to this wonderful club, which is full of sweet and salty moments.