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My Birthday Song  : More Like Birthday Bumps
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Friday, January 26, 2018
Thriller
Samir Soni
Sanjay Suri, Nora Fatehi, Samir Soni, Zenia Starr, Pitobash Tripathy

Rajeev Kaul is a lucky guy who has it all. He has an ad agency that’s a rip-roaring success. He’s nice looking, he’s got a lovely wife and kids, lots of friends and life is a party. In fact, it is a birthday party, Rajeev is turning 40.

 

But you never know when you run out of luck, warns his friendVikram. That’s just what happens. An indiscreet night with Sandy from Canada who’s come to his party with Vikram, turns his life topsy-turvy. With blood on his hands.

 

There’s intrigue upon intrigue as the same birthday re-runs in various forms. The happenings of December 8, his birthday, replay in a different way, making Rajeev and the viewer wonder what’s happening.  

 

First time writer-director Samir Soni makes a stylish film. The lovemaking, the aesthetic backdrops and a certain sophistication show in every sequence. So there is a good director in the making out there.

 

But the writing is bumpy. After a point, the curiosity wanes as Rajeev spends most of his time on the road in his fancy four-wheel drive. And there are unnecessary characters drifting in and out in a haze. The end is flat too, like you’ve been taken for a ride.

 

Sanjay Suri is polished but one-dimensional as Rajeev Kaul. Nora Fatehi has the oomph to carry off Sandy but not the acting chops.

 

It is a different sort of thriller but with so much English being spoken, the majority Indian audience will stay away. The few who’ll be in sync with the goings-on would, unfortunately, have seen English counterparts of the same plot.

 

For a thriller with limited appeal, My Birthday Song gets a 2.5* rating. 

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

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