Cast and Credits:
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
Producer: Prakash Jha
Banner: Prakash Jha Productiion Music Director – Sidharth Suhas
Lyricist: Kumaar, Prashant Pandey
Star Cast: Gul Panag, Purab Kholi Siddarth Makkar, Tillotama Shome, Jeneva Talwar, Anita Kanwar, Rahul Singh, Sameer Malhotra
Special Appearance: Ira Dubey
Renowned for producing political and serious dramas, producer-director Prakash Jha takes a different route this time with a young urban love story titled ‘Turning 30’. Being a women-oriented movie, the film marks the debut Director of Alankrita Shrivastava who has assisted Prakash Jha in various projects The film showcases the trial and tribulations that a woman faces in this male dominated society.
The fears and struggles faced by a single woman who is reaching 30th year is Naina Singh (Gul Panag), is making it big in her advertising career. She is fun loving, spunky, cheerful, independent, and, of course, single. She owns a quaint yet charming apartment, loves to party hard, and has a boyfriend whom she considers to be her life partner. All goes well until she is just days away from welcoming her 30th birthday. With this, begins her journey of discovering her true self. Jai (Purab Kohli), an intelligent and creative youngster, who is a heartthrob and desire of every single girl. But that’s not all. Rishabh (Sid Makkar) is an investment banker. Rishabh ditches Naina and re- enters Jai in the life of Naina. Will Naina take Jai back in her life or will she go back to Rishabh forms the crux of the story.
Alankrita Shrivastava as a debut director showcases ample of potentials. The story has been portrayed in a contemporary manner. Women having faced such problems will surely identify with it. A good start with a fresh attempt indeed.
The critically acclaimed ‘Dor’, actor Gul Panag looks glamorous, chick and yet natural. She has definitely put life into the character by making it alive. Purb Kholi indeed looked very cute and a sincere lover boy. Young girls will surely vouch to have a boy friend like him in real.
The cinematography and fast paced editing does deserve a pat on the back. The film has a strong message about how women reaching thirties feel. But a bit too much of thirties philosophy makes the film slightly drab.
All in all Turning 30 is a one time watch.