The Birthday Song

Sanjay Suri, Nora Fatehi, Pitobash Tripathy, Zenia Starr
Samir Soni

THE BIRTHDAY SONG really gets you in the beginning. The drawn taut face of Rajeev Kaul (Sanjay Suri) looks haunted and guilty, he is aching and you want to know why because that’s Suri’s charm. He draws you towards him despite not trying hard. Apparently, Rajeev is stuck in a bad nightmare, a recurring gory dream of death and bloodshed…. And you just want to know what and why…

The story begins with Rajeev’s 40th birthday. A stunning woman named Sandy (Nora Fatehi) starts drawing him out towards her, somehow slipping his marriage and his children into an oblivion…. The siren’s call is all that Rajeev can hear. With temptation so fierce, he gives in… however, right when they come close, something catches Sandy’s eye…The morning after when Rajeev wakes up there is no trace of what has happened. There are a lot of plots and sub-plots that might have kept the screenplay writers mighty busy but somehow, it is not enough to engage the audience.

Not all stories about dreams can be an INCEPTION, what Samir Soni ends up with is confused story telling! There are many loopholes in the film but the most glaring ones are the fact that nothing and no one seems to be noticing what they are doing.

A decent cast and intelligent actor who debuts with the film and yet, there is nothing to take home from the film other than a mild headache.  Samir Soni is good, but what is he doing in the film? He perhaps wouldn’t know either. Same goes with excellent actors like Pitobash…The film under utilizes not only their actors but also the script. A simple story about a married man, and the lure to go commit adultery would have been a far more interesting feature film. With an actor of Sanjay Suri’s charm, he would have certainly done justice to the role and the character. But Soni ends up with trying to do too much.

Ironically, there are times when people say that if you feel what the protagonist is feeling, the film will certainly be a success. With THE BIRTHDAY SONG – the audience gets lured with a promising start but ends with a nightmare…. Kind of like the script of the film, but these emotions should have been restricted to the screen only. 

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