Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Tum Mile: Be prepared to drown in boredom
The rain scenes in the film and its reference to a similar tragedy could have hit home if it had been made compellingly. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen.
The film, a love story set in the backdrop of the 2005 Mumbai floods, could have been India’s first “disaster” film but settles for a long-drawn-out unoriginal plot with sporadic shots of rain and people shouting “mujhe bachao”.
Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan play Akshay and Sanjana, former lovers who meet on a flight to India on July 26, 2005, the day when Mumbai went under water.
Akshay is a brooding artist who also waits tables at a café in Cape Town. Sanjana, on the other hand, is a journalist with a rich father.
Their story is told in flashback, even as both Sanjana and Akshay struggle for survival in the rain.
Unfortunately, it is the flashback which takes up more screen time than the tragedy itself, which would have provided a far more interesting backdrop.
There are hardly any exciting moments and the special effects are tacky. Both Hashmi and Khan aren’t able to muster up the intensity required for their roles and don’t have much chemistry going.
In the end, this film ends up a soppy love story rather than a racy disaster film. Take a life jacket along to save yourself.