REVIEW: Varun Sarin (Anmol Thakeria Dhillon) is a hot shot writer whose new book is a bestseller and Sia (Jhataleka Malhotra) is an upcoming lawyer. Besides being young, good looking and raring to go, the two also share the insecurities that stem from a broken and dysfunctional family. While Sia is still a little more conventional in her outlook, for Varun, all relationships come with an expiry date. So when they meet, sparks fly, but to make it work, they must think of a strategy to combat the regular relationship wear and tear. And thus, begins their plan to be lovers on Tuesdays and Fridays and friends through the rest of the week.
It’s a new concept for a story and a dating calendar that could inspire commitment-phobic millennials to fall in love, on a ‘trial basis.’ Writer-director Taranveer Singh uses a super-chic and urbane canvas to tell his unconventional story that starts off in Mumbai, but soon all the action shifts to London. Perhaps, in an attempt to make many of its relationship issues look more believable. There are too many characters and tracks, scrambling for space and attention in a limited runtime here. In them, is Sia’s teenage half-sister yearning to lose her virginity on her 18th birthday, her gay friend pretending to be her ex-boyfriend to fool the world and Varun’s single mother (played by Anuradha Patel), with a very weak backstory. Most of it comes like a flash in the pan, not only taking the focus away from Sia and Varun’s fledgling love-story, but also making it a problem of plenty. Among all of them, though, Niki Walia and Parvin Dabas stand out with their seasoned performances and an extremely progressive track.
The two newcomers give an honest performance to make their characters believable. Former Femina Miss India International (2014) Jhataleka Malhotra, makes a promising debut, looking every bit the gorgeous and independent young lawyer, who is also vulnerable, when it comes to the matters of heart. Her mature relationship with her single mother (played brilliantly by Niki Walia) is heartwarming and their scenes are one of the highlights of the film. Jhataleka is surely a talent to watch out for. Anmol Thakeria Dhillon (yesteryear actress Poonam Dhillon’s son) too, is confident and well-suited for his character.He looks dapper in his part, but could do with far more fine-tuning in emotional scenes.
For a love story though, the music of ‘Tuesdays and Fridays’ is a huge letdown. The few songs it has, are all forgettable and placed randomly. Owing to these unnecessary sound and character tracks, after a point, even a short runtime feels wearisome.
Overall, it’s a novel idea with a fresh and breezy storyline that has its moments. But with more depth and soul, this idea of bi-weekly romance could have become a love story for all seasons.