Cast: Sushmita Sen, Palash Sen, Tabu & Sanjay
Director: Meghana Gulzar
the moment is the catchline of Filhaal. And the protagonists
live life by the moment. A film about relationships
marks the debut of Meghna Gulzar who deals with a women-centric
subject. Rewa (Tabu) and Sia (Sushmita Sen) are the
best of friends since childhood. Also present in their
lives are Dhruv (Sanjay Suri) and Saahil (Palash Sent).
Rewa gets married to Dhruv and dreams of being a mother.
the other hand, Sia, a professional photographer, is
independent and is bent o pursuing a career even though
she is friendly with Saahil. Rewa has a miscarriage
and is shattered. So too is Sia who rushes to help her.
When Rewa is informed that she can never have a child
she is heartbroken but adamant on having one. Then
Sia rises to the occasion and agrees to help her friend.
Friendship and surrogacy come in for treatment where
the former acquires a new dimension - one where a friend
is willing to do everything to make the other happy.
Call it sacrifice or a decision in a surge of emotion-
Sia does it.
she has other problems. Saahil is unaware of this and
finds it difficult to come to terms with Sia's decision.
Meghna has no doubt handled this side - the psyche of
the woman - the real mother and surrogate mother well.
The slow pace of narration could be a negative point
and the editing could have been crisper.
Story wise, there is nothing new- stereotypical as far
as the character of Rewa is concerned. A new look and
contemporary treatment is introduced in Sia's character
as well as Saahil's.
feel is modern- production wise it is slick. Anu Malik's
music is good but too many songs detract the narrative.
Manmohan Singh's camera is able to capture the myriad
hues of life and color well. Performances on the mainstay
of the film. The casting is certainly appropriate. It
goes without saying that Tabu has done well. But it
is the sterling performance (best up to date) of Sushmita
Sen, which endears. Sanjay Suri and Palash Sen fit in
well. An earnest attempt.