The title suggested it all and the relentless promotions strengthened the pre-conceieved notions even more. I never thought turning-30 is such a big issue to churn a movie out of it; I am glad that after watching the flick I still stand corrected. 'Turning-30' is a story about a urbane girl on the threshold of womanhood and still coming in terms with the harsh realities of life. Tottering love-life, professional career in doldrums and uncertainity looming large are the virtues of a 'Turning-30' phase? Isn't it the ongoing-process from our teens to, say the time when we actually think we are settled?
Anyways Alankrita Shrivastava, the director of the flick, pours snippets from all ultra-modern girls' life and stays real 'almost' through-out the life. Since the core of the movie is in English and A certificate was boastfully accepted, the dialogues were crass and F-word was used ever-so-frequently. Majority of the flick, the main female character (Naina) find herself lip-locking the two protaganists and sexercising on bed with them. Continous girls' gossip of Naina (played by Gul) with her two friends ranges from having sex to lingerie to boyfriends to sex toys and so on. Well, any similarity with 'Sex and the City' is purely coincidental, I presume. If you have preset mind of what to expect from the flick then you might actually end-up loving the aforesaid banter.
What actually sums-up 'Turning-30' is weak core-plot and its lacklusture execution. The snail-pace of the proceedings doesn't helps the cause, either. Few more altercation of Gul's character with her employer was desired; both her affairs seems more like a mode of sexual satisfaction than being a breezy romance. If Turning-30 is about metro life then lesbians, gays, strip-clubs etc are obvious inclusion of the storyline which doesn't enthral even niche-audiences now-a-days.
Gul Panag is the silver lining of the flick; the role suited to her persona well and she enacts each and every emotions with ridicolous ease. Purab Kohli hardly does anything other than giving a stupid smile throughout, which we have already seen in Nescafe ad. Tillotama Shome (as Malini) and Jeneva Talwar (as Ruksana) playing Gul's friends provides some relative-better moments in the movie.
Maverick Verdict: Watch it for Gul Panag, who gives a sincere performance; I don't have any other reason for recommendation. Its better to wait for the DVD and give it a shot than actually spending big bucks in multiplex. After all, what's so big in Turning-30? I have turned 30 a year and half back and I do STAY IN PEACE, so should everybody!! Chill.