Turning 30!!! is Naina's story as she grapples with heartbreak, and a crisis in her advertising career in the face of her 30th birthday. And as she fights her anxiety and fears about being 30 years old, Naina realises there's a lot of growing up to be done. Set in the heart of urban Mumbai, Turning 30!!! is a humorous and hea...more
Turning 30!!! is Naina's story as she grapples with heartbreak, and a crisis in her advertising career in the face of her 30th birthday. And as she fights her anxiety and fears about being 30 years old, Naina realises there's a lot of growing up to be done. Set in the heart of urban Mumbai, Turning 30!!! is a humorous and heart-warming take on a single young woman's journey of finding herself, discovering love and blossoming into a woman of substance. less
“You'll either hate it or love it. Gul Panag fans give it a shot & those who enjoy sophisticated cinema, skip this one.”
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In one of the scenes towards the end of the film, Gul Panag meets a publisher - played by Anjum Rajabali who wrote Rajneeti for Prakash Jha and is the producer of this film. As I saw that scene I wondered, did Anjum have a dekko at the script? What did he have to say? Did Prakash Jha produce the film because the director was her assistant?
If not for the producer & lead actor this film would have released in shows lesser than what it got now and nobody would have been interested to venture close to a cinema hall to watch a film which tries very hard to be an urban story about a girl who is turning 30. The film begins two weeks before Naina's 30th birthday and ends on her 31st birthday. In the hands of a good filmmaker this would have been an interesting story to watch but Alankrita Shrivastva turns it into a bore of a watch with repetitive scenes of Gul Panag crying. At last count she must have cried atleast 5 times. The director is also fascinated with Bras and Breasts. There are scenes which include bras in conversation or has a bra hanging behind the doors. Boredom can make you look within the frame of a scene and this is what you find. The only thing that works for the film and feels real are the two friends of Gul Panang. Jeneva Talwar as Rukhsana exudes warmth in her performance. I am sure many a women will connect with her character. Tillotama Shome (remember Alice from Monsoon Wedding?) has probably the best role and makes sitting through this film worth it. Though the forced lesbian theme for her character looks very stereotypical, she plays it very comfortably. Her scene when she reveals her sexual orientation is the best scene of the film. Watching both Jeneva & Tillotama is worth the money spent. Though I love Gul Panag, she is completely miscast and wasted in this film. Even though the film is about her the screenplay doesn't give her a single scene to own.
Final Few Words: As a shameless pitch for a friend I suggest buying the book Cant Die for Size Zero. Reading that would be more fun than watching this tatti of a film.