Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt return with a fresh tale inspired by the real life events of the Mumbai rain floods that occurred in July of 2005 (killing many people). “Tum Mile” features the usual combo of slick urban visuals, melodious music, and down to Earth acting that have become the trademark of Vishesh films productions. Director of last year’s hit film “Jannat”, Kunal Deshmukh is at the helm of this ship that deals with the interesting parallel stories of a relationship gone bad and the disasterous affects of nature gone wild on Mumbai. Mahesh Bhatt’s nephew Emraan Hashmi and Saif Ali Khan’s sister Soha, portray a couple that had broken up but are thrown together again by fate during the floods. Cue the naval gazing music, as this leads to all kinds of flashbacks and reminiscing about what went wrong to pull these two apart in the first place.
Along the way we are treated so some nice musical interludes by Pritam, some very well acted character-centric scenes between Emraan and Soha (who share a nice chemistry vibe between them), all the while having the foreboding imminent danger hanging over their (and the audience’s) heads.
Deshmukh balances the disaster of the relationship against the backdrop of the natural disaster very well, and this could easily have been a mess in the hands of another less capable director. Credit should be given to the fairly well written screenplay by Ankur Tewari (writer of the easily forgotten, “Let’s Enjoy”), who has spaced out the character moments with the correct amount of drama in-between. The cinematography by Prakash Kutti (“99”) is stark and dark when it needs to be. Editing by Ajay Sharma keeps the film focused on it’s plot. I have to mention the visual effects, which were probably done on a shoe string budget. Though they do not convey the massive impact of the floods on the citizens of Mumbai, Ritesh Aggrawal and his crew have done their best with what they have. Particularly good is the work of the rendering artist, Ashutosh Khandelwal, again given the budget of the film.
Emraan Hashmi is excellent, and it’s a shame that he is not being signed by any other film makers. He is the soul of Vishesh Films rights now, and has grown tremendously as an actor. He’s no chocolate boy, but that’s okay. He is a highlight of the film and has graduated from a mere serial kisser to a mature serial actor. Soha plays her part just right, fitting in as the girl next door (the one that got away). She and Emraan are given realistic love/hate stories to portray and she does extremely well. She’s grown leaps and bounds since her excellent acting in “Khoya Khoya Chand”. Unfortunately other mainstream producers are slow to sign her as she isn’t the typical glamour girl found in most Bollywood films.