Gulzar is the daughter of legendary actress Rakhee. and father/ director Gulzar
whose films have received rave reviews in the past.
Filhaal deals with
four principle characters. There is Rewa and Sia who have been very close friends
since childhood but their ideals differ in many respects.
Rewa has always
wanted to settle down and have a family. Hence when sensitive and loving friend
Dhruv proposes, she happily accepts. Sia on the other hand is an extremely warm
and spontaneous creature who wants to live life to the full. She makes this her
main priority thus ending up refusing many a proposals from friend Saahil, a man
who is extremely sensitive but at the same time not afraid to declare his love
Soon life for these
four friends takes a drastic turn when Rewa learns that she is expecting. Unfortunately
their happiness is short lived when Rewa suddenly has a miscarriage and finds
that she can never have children.
Not wanting to
see her bossom friend slowly drift into depression, Sia decides to take the most
important decision of her life - to offer her womb to the unlucky couple.
Gulzar has dealt with the subject of in-vitro fertilisation with great sensitivity
and intimacy. The treatment she gave in Filhaal is completely different from last
years film, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke which dealt with borrowing a woman, while
Filhaal deals with borrowing a womb!
Visuals of this
film look extremely fresh with the choice of colours director Meghna has used.
The visualisation and the music, especially the two songs; "Yeh Lamha"
and "Le Chalo Doliya Mein" are simply a treat to our eyes!
Performance wise, Tabu has done her job with great sincerity as usual but its
Sushmita Sen who impresses us with her heart warming performance - which could
be her best to date. Both Sanjay and Palash act as good support to both the actresses.
All in all director
Meghna Gulzar has managed to convey her dream with extreme ease
Reviewed by Manish
Gajjar, Bollywood expert for the BBC Shropshire website.
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