wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?)
- meeta, a part of the audience
You have settled down in life, your kids are doing well for themselves. You are all set to enjoy life carefree. And boom life hits you. You are asked to come-of-age all over again. Club 60 might come across as a film of one such man, but it also goes on to tell you that he, his troubles and tragedy not that unique after all. Just like when you look around, you see that like you, everyone has problems. They just choose to deal with them differently.
There is something very delightful about films that take on topics related to the elderly - not the glamorous Baghbaan way, but more like the Listen Amaya way. Especially, when you have charming actors like Farouque Shaikh and Sarika play the lead roles. Not only do they make the characters believable, but they make you care for them. And even if that should be the norm, we know it is very difficult to come by in Hindi films.
Yet again, Sarika does that one scene which completely bowls you over and brings a lump to the throat and more. I now look forward to every film that Farouque Shaikh chooses to do, because the films by themselves are interesting. And as unfair as it may sound, he could sleepwalk through his role as Taariq in Club 60.
Raghuveer Yadav plays his Munna bhai with great finesses. While playing a sleazeball must be one of the easiest in an actor's range of talent, playing a sleazeball who convinces you that he is good-naturedly so right from the first scene has to be a rare one. And it doesn't come across as inconsistent at all.
And yet these performances are not the best thing about Club 60. A pleasant surprise are Sharat Saxena and Tinu Anand. The characters they play could easily have become caricatures. Yet, that is avoided with finesse and you see them go through their highs and lows with unexpected grace and dignity. So much so that a fine performance by Satish Shah is side-lined.
Where Club 60 suffers then - other than the low-budget-induced-production-values - is the writing. It gets a little repetitive, and the film stretches out a good 15-20 minutes too long. The situations created for each of the characters becomes a tad stereotypical. Even so, you cannot help but want to know more about them because you've grown to care for them. They do remind you of your parents and their group of friends. Alas, the climax is a little too dramatized and drastic for the tone the film maintains through the first two hours.
For many, the film might be a good enough on TV watch, but I just couldn't help giving it an extra nudge for the heart it takes to make a film like this. One which takes an understanding, even if a slightly patronizing, look at the generation that's over the hill.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ... it is a film that helps you connect with your inner self and will allow you to look at people with a little more compassion. You never know what the other is going through, even though he or she may be calm on the surface. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Shubha Shetty-saha, MiD DAY : ...But other than that, we need to encourage movies which dares to speak for our elders who most often are left alone to grapple with loneliness and helplessness... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well if you love sweet, feel good, slice of the life type film with good performances then this movie is a must watch for all of you. Apparently, the narration style is bit slow with loud treatment and few unwanted tracks which dilutes the film. But on overall basis it's a refreshing change from the usual crap we have been witnessing in recent times, thus would advise all good movie lovers to enroll themselves quickly to this wonderful club, which is full of sweet and salty moments. ... full review
So-So, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...CLUB 60 talks of senior citizens facing a late-life crisis due to personal loss convincingly. An emotional journey of friendship, warmth, generosity and the indomitable human spirit, it's an honest attempt for sure. ... full review
So-So, by Faheem Ruhani, india today : ... The climax in which Dr. Tariq is forced to report in the operation room is not easy to digest.Yet, the genuineness with which Club 60 has been made outweighs its few flaws.... full review
So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...As for Farooque Sheikh. I find these days he's having a run like Salman Khan. Whenever either is on screen, the audience is transfixed and they can't seem to put a foot wrong no matter what they're doing. You'll love him....
So-So, by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India : ...Club 60 is essentially a heartrending tale of a couple, coping with an irreparable loss. In spite of the flaws, you can watch it solely for the immensely talented Farooque Shaikh and the sublime Sarika. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Unfortunately writer-director Sanjay Tripathy can't lift this script from its quicksand of predictability, and can't avoid the mawkish melodrama that stories like these inevitably slip into... full review
SharifKamina: "Club 60" might be the first genuinely good hindi movie to arrive in quite a long time.
ronyd: Club 60 may not offer something new but it's a sweet film with a good ensemble cast.
RaviJai12897410: Hi, Club 60 - Great Movie. .. Everybody must see it.... Great Direction. .... Excellent Acting by everyone. .....
ramnkumar: Chhota Budget, Badi film...Yes take membership of Club 60. It is one film which you should not miss.... https://www.facebook.com/globalbrandmaker/posts/10151816575341232
rajin57: "Club 60" - cool family time pass with wonderful performances. Growing old can be fun if you do it with the right people......
popatm: Guys go and watch the latest release CLUB 60 - Life is a Member here! Super Super film. It's a must watch.
pallavi21lall: Club 60 is a heartwarming film! A film with great actors and even better message! Must watch! #club60
neenapthakkar: The Club 60 its very Good Movy .Every has to watch once. Concept is Différent .acting pc sarika,Farukh ,& Yadav is superb O:-):-!:-*
maitricorp: Do watch Club 60 with your family #Club60
iFaridoon: If you love good cinema; if you support the idea of quality uncompromising entertaining cinema,then do urself a favour..watch Club 60!!
dwivedidhiru: Purane chawalon ka swad aur nasha ...club 60. Must watch.
club60official: "Club 60" - cool family time pass with wonderful performances - 3.5 stars - Jeeturaaj, Radio Mirchi http://twitter.com/club60official/status/408614059466973185/photo/1
ankita_jha1: club 60 is a very good movie.watch it wid ur family!!
amitnimade: This one is a bolt from the blue, a gem which comes towards the end of the year. CLUB 60 is a beautiful story that ... #Bollywood #News
Ameetl: Club 60 - what an awesome movie. Very touching..with a good dose of comedy. Great message to not only 60+ but to everyone. Life goes on.
alekhsangal: Amidst the supposed massiveness of R...Rajkumar & Catching Fire, have a heart and soul for an adorable film called CLUB 60... U'll love it!
25Seemaa: Club 60!....must watch.....Grt performncs by Farooque Shaikh n Sarika!
aarkaygee: R...Rajkumar : Average, Club 60 : Below Average.
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