South Bombay (Mumbai) has been depicted in films time and again. What’s sad is certain film-makers think that Mumbai is synonymous with South Mumbai only. There are other parts to the city as well, that have their own charm. However, due to this repeated portrayal of Mumbai in films as the most beautiful, or rather this portrayal that tries to claim that there’s no city like Mumbai, is sort of beginning to ruin the novelty of the city. Agreed that Mumbai is indeed a beautiful, charming city, but hey! there are other cities in India and the world as well, that have their appeal.
Club 60 too, opens with a stereotypical depiction of Mumbai city. *yawn* Yes, it is breath-taking as always, but it’s the same thing over and over again… Marine Drive, The Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India. We’ve seen it and it’s beautiful, you don’t have to reassert it and if at all you want to, reassert in a novel fashion at least.
The first-half of the film is well-made. It leaves you with a promise of a even better second-half. Sadly, the second-half is disappointing. What makes it even sadder is the fact that, despite an excellent star cast and brilliant performances, the film fails to make a mark.
Club 60 is a family drama told with a good comic sense. The only issue is that the comedy is overdone and so is the drama or rather the melodrama. It’s the story of senior citizens Manu Bhai, Mansukhani, Jaffar Bhai, G.S. Dhillon and Sinha, who help an elderly doctor couple Dr. Tarique and Dr.Saira, come out of the trauma of losing their only son. Their roles have been played by Raghubir Yadav, Satish Shah, Tinu Anand, Sharat Saxena and Vineet Kumar respectively. And the roles of the depressed couple, played by Farooque Shaikh and Sarika.
What’s surprising is despite delivering first-class performances, the film on the whole, is a total let-down. The film deals with old-age and about how children abandon their parents in times when they really need them. Something that has been dealt with in Indian cinema, e.g. Baghban.
Club 60 gets too cranky in the second-half. It keeps begging for sympathy by revealing the tragic past or rather the tragic present of each of its characters. The film also partly seems like a lecture from "The Art of Living", where it subtly tries to instruct the audience time and again that, one needs to rise above sad times and move on in life.
Like most Bollywood films, logic takes a massive beating from time to time in the film. The story becomes interpretative. And there’s just too much sobbing happening all along.
It really hurts me to watch the talents of such great actors being reduced to caricatures who shed tears every now and then.
Tragedy strikes in every household. Most people move on, because life goes on. However, as an audience, most people aren’t looking forward to a lecture of any kind, they’re looking forward to a good film, with good performances and a film with a good plot. Sadly, this is not the case with Club 60.
What’s also interesting to note is that the Hollywood film, Last Vegas that released last month, dealt with a similar subject (Last Vegas was the story of four golden oldies, played by Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline, who reunite for a Bachelors’ party).
Club 60, could’ve been a good film, if didn’t carry so much emotional baggage. And oh, the oddly-placed songs in the film, only add to this film’s misery.