Mumbai, July 10: ‘Morning Walk’, which released all over this Friday, brought the two greats Anupam Kher and Sharmila Tagore together on silver screen. But even that doesn’t seem to be working for the film. The story does have a plot but fails to offer anything new. Also, the film lacks flow and pace as far as the script’s execution is concerned.
Directed by Arup Dutta, ‘Morning Walk’ has a professor, Joymohan (Anupam Kher), who stays alone in Kolkata, and is a heart patient. He gets a severe heart attack on his birthday and that is when he realises he needs to spend as much time with his family in Mumbai as possible. He then goes to Mumbai to his son Indra (Rajat), daughter-in-law Rita (Divya) and grand daughter Gargi (Avika). While Indra and Gargi are extremely happy to see him, Rita (the bahu) makes becomes vocal about her disappointment on father-in-law’s arrival.
It reminds you of Rajesh Khanna starrer classic ‘Amrit’, when Joymohan starts going for morning walks to the nearby park in the mornings. One day in the morning he meets his old student Neelima (Sharmila Tagore) and her daughter Anjali (Nargis) who wants to do a doctorate in the US. And the secret that the two share leads to the rest of the plot.
Veteran actors Anupam and Sharmila are their best. ‘Balika Vadhu’ girl Avika Gor is also quite likable. Divya Dutta and Rajat Kapoor have delivered good performances.
On the whole, ‘Morning Walk’ is too slow and boring to be watched in theatres.
Rating: Two cheers (to value the performances)!