Even though a big segment of Bollywood has
started thinking out of the box and venturing
into lanes that were considered unrealistic till
sometime ago, another faction continues to have
faith in the tried and tested formula.
SUN ZARRA relies heavily on the formula that
worked so well in the 1970s and 1980s. But times
have changed. Experiment is in, cliché-ridden
stuff is out. When the reels of SUN ZARRA
unfold, you can actually do a lot of guesswork
and believe it or not, your speculation would be
on target most of the times.
Stories such as the one depicted in SUN ZARRA
were popular at a point of time, but in this era
of multiplexes, when the thought process of a
moviegoer has undergone a drastic change, the
concept looks passé and old-fashioned.
Besides, the narrative could've been short and
sweet, not stretched as is the case here. Also,
since the film revolves around two aspiring
singers, the music should've been a highpoint.
It's not bad, but it's not great either.
SUN ZARRA tells the story of Rohit [Samir Aftab],
who aspires to be a singer. To realize his
dreams, he comes to Mumbai, where he meets
Bihari Babu Gauri Shankar [Mithun Chakraborty].
Gauri Shankar and his Punjabi wife [Renuka
Shahane Vij] give him shelter and help him
realize his dreams.
Trisha [Anjana Sukhani], the girl next door,
happens to hear Rohit singing. She falls in love
with his voice but doesn't know who the singer
is. She enquires from her friends, but everyone
is clueless. Whenever Trisha personally comes
across Rohit, she finds him up to some prank or
mischief. This puts her off completely and she
starts disliking him. But Rohit is in love with
Things take a turn when Trisha turns blind due
to an accident. Rohit feels responsible for it
and decides to undo the harm. Rohit not only
helps Trisha find a home after her landlord [Arjun]
acts smart, but also takes her for an audition.
The music composer [Dilip Sen] selects her
Meanwhile, the doctors inform Rohit that Trisha
can regain her eyesight. To raise money for
Trisha's operation, Rohit decides to sell one of
his kidneys. Trisha's operation is successful,
she can see the world now. But when Rohit is
about to return, he is falsely implicated as a
terrorist. By now Trisha is a big star, while
Rohit, who returns after a one-year sentence, is
keen to clear the misunderstandings.
SUN ZARRA can be best described as an ordinary
plot backed by run of the mill execution.
There's not much meat in the enterprise,
primarily because there's no novelty in the
script whatsoever. A few moments are decent, but
they aren't enough to camouflage the mediocrity.
Also, the film could've done with a concise
length. The end seems to have been stretched
unnecessarily. The comedy track [of Samir
Aftab's friends] looks completely forced.
Besides, the film could've done without a couple
of songs as well.
Rohit Krishnakant Nayyar's direction is okay,
but the choice of the subject is what takes the
graph of the film down. Music [Sandesh Shandilya]
is pleasing, but since the film revolves around
singers, it ought to be the best part of the
enterprise. Yet, 'Unse Nazrein Mili Aur Mili Bhi
Nahin' [at the wedding] and the title track
stand out. Cinematography is passable.
Samir Aftab is likeable and acts effortlessly. A
fine actor, the only thing he ought to take care
is his styling. Why does he wear a tanned look
at times? Anjana Sukhani is a complete natural.
She also pitches in a commendable performance.
Mithun Chakraborty is functional.
Kishori Shahane Vij is just right. Arjun is
okay. The actors playing Samir Aftab's friends
lack energy. A number of music composers make an
appearance in the film: Shravan, Ismail Darbar,
Dilip Sen, Sandesh Shandilya and Ali-Ghani.
On the whole, SUN ZARRA is too ordinary a fare
to leave a mark.