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First Cut: Tum Milo...saved by Nana-Dimple

First Cut: Tum Milo...saved by Nana-Dimple

The veteran actors hold the fort in an average film

Kabir Sadanand's Tum Milo Toh Sahi has three parallel love stories which meet at Lucky Café.

Track One: Lucky Café is managed by a lovable, enterprising Parsi lady, Dilshad Irani (Dimple Kapadia). Her outlet is popular in the locality, and faces danger of being taken over by international coffee chain, Blue Bell.

Rajagopal Subramaniam (Nana Patekar) is a lawyer who's chucked out of his firm for being too old fashioned. Subbu has his quirks. He has his deceased mom's framed picture placed on a traditional jhoola, which he swings every now and then. Forced into retirement, he develops problems with every other person and thing.

Track Two: Amit Nagpal (Suniel Shetty) moves into a lavish four-bedroom flat given by his company Blue Bell, and is compelled to take possession of Lucky Café by hook or by crook. In the process, he has problems with his wife Ankita (Vidya Malvade) and kid.

Track Three: Dehradun boy Bikramjit (Rehan Khan) is an army man's son. He comes to Mumbai to pursue Mass Communication, and gets lost in the city's ways. Bikram falls in love with Shalini (Anjana Sukhani), a middle-class Maharashtrian girl who portrays herself to be a rich, high-flying girl.

Tum Milo Toh Sahi begins very well but moves off track after the interval. Audiences would've loved to see the Nana-Dimple track dominate the screenplay. They both perform well in their respective parts, and share cool chemistry. Nana does go back to his Prahar and Krantiveer in some scenes, but Dimple is superb as a Parsi woman. Both actors forget to use their accent only once or twice.

But the film tries too hard to give importance to all the characters. And hence fails to bring out the main story effectively. What starts out as a promising film, progresses with a sprinkling of embarrassing 'filmi' lines. We'd rather just watch Nana and Dimple watch perform than the item songs and the stories of other characters.

But all credit for the production design. The sets are very real - right from the Irani café to the simple Tamilian house of Subramaniam. It seems like Sophia College at Breach Candy has been used to depict Kingston College in the film. And Kabir's sister Kunika's restaurant has been used in a scene.

The background music in the film changes with the three tracks and is loud. Especially funny is the 'Blue Bell' one, which seems unnecessary. Also, music director-singer Raghav Sachar is too cute, but did not really fit into the film.

In the climax, the court room drama begins well, but sadly becomes a bit of a farce in the end.

Suniel Shetty and Vidya Malvade are good in their parts. Rehan Khan and Anjana Sukhani look a bit old to play students. Vrajesh Hirjee (Jimmy) manages to generate a few laughs with his lines.

Verdict: Watch it only for Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia's performance.

Rating: Average