Sona Spa - Review
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It'd be safe to say that of the five people who showed up for the screening that I was at, at least 4 of them were there for Naseeruddin Shah. And what a cheat that turned out to be. Not that I was surprised. And actually, the tone he was talking in for the few seconds he is on screen, I am only thankful that there wasn't more of him.
The film otherwise, is pretty much what you see in the trailers. There are people who can't sleep for whatever reason. There are other people who sleep well and through some "bonding" one from the latter group can sleep on behalf of one from the former group relieving the stress. As we are told (again in the trailer itself) if someone sleeps your sleep, they are also going to dream your dreams. There's no new knowledge beyond that, for the characters barely do anything after having new knowledge about each other.
Obviously, the dreams makes for the bulk of Sona Spa and we would have such a boring if film if these dreams weren't deep and dark secrets of the sleepless people. Now, how people who don't sleep dream so that people who are sleeping for them can dream the same dream, is a minor technicality and thus not addressed at all.
Even so, what an interesting premise this was for some psychoanalysis! The original person's dream is a representation of his deepest desires/insecurities. The dream though is so real for the sleep-worker that they believe them to be true. But, none of this is explored at all.
Instead you get some superficial philosophical talk using lines that are supposed to sound profound. Except for Nivedita Bhattacharya (Meenakshi), Aahana Kumrah (Ritu) and the guy who plays Sachin (Indira's brother) all other actors are mostly stiff and the three mentioned are better only in comparison. Pooja Pradhan (Indira) actually looks like she's being held together by the make-up plastered on her face.
In fact, the cinematography is so grainy that you can see the smallest pore on everyone's face. I don't know what artistic purpose this serves, but even in real life you cannot see the face in such gruesome detail.
If only you saw even a fraction of that detail in coming up with stories of insomniacs that were complete. Or at least they'd have some meaning for the viewer, even if the meaning wasn't deciphered or understood completely.
Watching Sona Spa is like having 15-20 minute boring dream played on repeat for two hours. I really wonder how Sona Spa would've turned out if it were a short.
- meeta, a part of the audience
- Violence: A few gunshots
- Language: A few abusive words
- Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of scenes with cross-dressing, etc.
- Concept: What if you sleep well?
- General Look and Feel: Grainy, dull.
Sona Spa - Movie Details
- Official Sites: Facebook Twitter YouTube IMDB
- Banner: Miraj Entertainment Ltd
- Producer: Madan Paliwal
- Director: Makarand Deshpande
- Lead Cast: Aahana Kumarah, Shruti Vyas
- Supporting Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Pooja Pradhan, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Vineet Sharma, Romi Jaispal, Devyanim, Neha Iyyer, Anjum Sharma
- Story: Makarand Deshpande
- Dialogues: Makarand Deshpande
- Cinematography: Rajiv Jain
- Editor: Biren Mohanty
- Background Score: Shailendra Barve
- Choreography: Vithal Patil
- Music Director: Samir Tandon, Shailendra Barve
- Lyrics: Shailendra Barve, Sameer
- Costume Designer: Bhakti Joshi
- Facebook Page: Link
- Running time: 120 minutes
- Reviewer: meeta
- Language: Hindi
- Country: India
- Genres: Fantasy, Philosophy, Social
Sona Spa - Trailer
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