There are some movies that fail to surprise me because I expect them to be just as bad as I thought. They are some movies that do surprise me because I didn’t expect them to be good as they turn out to be. Basu Bhattacharya’s “Ek Ruka hua Faisla” and Amol Palekar’s “Thoda sa rumani ho jaye” were just two of them.
When I sat to see “Stop”, I was just seeing it for the song “Meri kahani”. And I was surprised. The movie is not a classic movie, has its share of glitches, a patch of different stories and a whole lot of problems. But Something in the movie clicks and you find yourself enjoying.
A story of four friends. Three girls and a boy sharing a house in Dubai. If you are wondering why the name STOP, it represents the first character of all the four friends.
(O)m is the only male in the group of 4 friends. A executive in a office he is very protective about the girls but tries not to interfere in their life. His ex-girlfriend Shama (Dia Mirza) returns backs in his life after marrying someone else. Shama caught in a unhappy marriage looks at Om for support, while Om becomes more emotionally attached to Shama. Newcomer Rocky Bhatia plays Om. A well controlled performance.
(P)ooja played by Gauri karnik (Sur, Prarambh) is a RJ in a desi radio station. She dreams to have her own show some day. Her story deals with her boss and the issue of sexual harassment in office. Would she do anything to get her dreams? Gauri Karnik had given a good performance in Sur. She doesn’t disappoints here too
(T)ina played by Tejaswini Kolaphure (wasn’t her “Paanch” supposed to be released earlier) is a actress. She is troubled by her father with a drinking problem. She is angry with him for all she and her mother had to go through because of him. Om Puri as the father was very good in a very short role. Tejaswini Kolaphure was Ok if not that good.
(S)onia playey by Isitta Arun is a boutique owner who falls for Om’s playboy colleague, Rohit. Om tries to explain Rohit’s intention to her, which leads to the confrontation between the two. Isitta Arun was in the “Äaika Dajiba” music video.
In spite of the absence of big stars, the story is well told. Four stories of four different people and yet interwoven together. A fun warm movie, it manages to deal with the lives of four friends and their life together. A real feel-good movie. I managed to watch three-fourth of the movie before the DVD began to give me trouble. I still haven’t seen the whole movie. But hopefully, the director must have given a decent end to the movie. The movie does has its set of slapstick comedy, melodrama and goof ups. Music is by a new music director and is so-so. Except for the songs, “Meri Kahani” sung by Sonu Nigam and “Dil Tarasta Hai”by Jagjit Singh, the other songs are forgettable. These two songs are even shot very well.
Watching the movie you tend to remember your long lost friends, your friends, your first love, your dreams, your growing up, your first crush and many things related to life and tend to identify with most of it. On a scale of 10, I would rate it as 7.
I liked the movie, even if I didn’t get to see it completely. See it if you like the feeling of seeing a good movie. Its like a sweet whose taste you would like to linger in your mouth long before you have eaten it. I would like you to leave you with a song from the movie sung by Jagjit Singh.
Ek khalish dil ki yeh kya se kya kar gayi
Khusiyon ki aankh mein baarishe bhar gayi
Log apno se bhi bekhabbar ho gaye.
Khusbuye chune ki shok mein kho gaye
Khusbuye chune ki shok mein kho gaye
Paake jugnu jara roshni ke liye
Dil tarasta hai ab zindagi ke liye