The story is about Varun who has returned home to India from USA after having been away for 12 years. He has a distinct sense of alienation though this is the very world where he was born and grew up. His parents are happy to welcome him and seem intent on arranging a marriage for him within the one month that he will be home. He is, of course, not ready for any such thing and feels even more alienated. Though he connects back with his boyhood friends, he doesn’t really share their world-view.
He meets a young woman called Ashwini, a doctor, to whom he is very attracted. He convinces her to date him and oddly enough, they click. Oddly because she has a strong dislike for his Americanised ways. He doesn’t see going out with her as a natural prelude to a marriage proposal while his family and friends do. In the meanwhile, his parents have other ideas of what would be a good match for him. Varun and Ashwini fall in love despite their differences but when he proposes that they marry and she come back with him to the US, she refuses and they split. With pressure on them from all sides, how will they resolve this conflict? Well, you’ll have to see the film, don’t you?
This small budget film has a docudrama feel about it, especially at the start. Everything looks so natural – Varun’s home and the comings and goings of friends and neighbours, his relationship with his parents and his friends, his reactions to incidents – it all has a touch of truth which pleases me very much. This is a real film about a real person, not some made up story about amazing looking people leading amazing lives. The only thing which grated was Ashwini’s character. She is abrasive and difficult, quick to argue, ready always to take offence, rude and offensive even to her patients – in short, a woman one would struggle to like, let alone love! Surely they could have written in a better character?
The cast is quite proficient. Nagesh Kukunoor, the writer, director, producer and male lead of the film, is natural in his role. Rajshri Nair, who plays Ashwini, fails to deliver (or it is just a poorly written role?) while Vikram Inamdar as Sanjeev is excellent. The rest of the cast do fairly well. The ending is a bit of a farce; it is perhaps meant to amuse but fails in its intention. On the whole it is an interesting film, especially for NRIs (Non Resident Indians for those not in the know). The film is mainly in English, with subtitles provided for Telugu or Hindi dialogues. If you are an NRI, I’ll encourage you to watch it; you will no doubt find yourself smiling in sympathy with the protagonist.