REVIEW: Club 60 – The Film With A Heart



Club 60 reminds you of films like Saaransh, starring Anupam Kher and Rohini Hattangadi, as well as Virrudh starring Amitabh Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore – films about a couple who deal with loss of their only son. Club 60 is a story about coming to terms with the death of their young son, accepting it and making the most out of life.

Dr. Tariq Sheikh (Farooque Sheikh) and Saira (Sarika) play husband and wife who cannot come to terms with the fact that their son, played by debutant Ankit Bhatala has been killed in a freak shoot out in the US. Tariq becomes a bitter recluse and Saira decides to return to her job so that she can divert her attention and tries to move on in life. On one hand Tariq sinks into depression and on the other hand Saira tries hard to move on in life. A point comes where Saira visits a psychiatrist and asks if there’s something wrong with her because she doesn’t sink into depression like her husband does.

The story takes a dramatic turn when Manubhai Shah (Raghuveer Yadav) a flamboyant, young at heart, talkative Gujarati, storms into their lives and drags Tariq to a recreation club for seniors called Club 60, that he frequents with his friends. Here we get to meet an oversexed retired Army Man D.S. Dhillon (Sharat Saxena) who loves to brag about the wars he has fought, a rich stingy Sindhi stockbroker Jay Mansukhani (Satish Shah) who thinks ten times before spending even a rupee, a former income tax commissioner obsessed with SMS jokes Sinha (Vineet Kumar), who loves to give spiritual gyaan and last but not the least a soulful shayyar Ali Zafar (Tinnu Anand), all having a sad back story. Seeing them, Tariq sums up the courage to move on in his life.

Sarika and Farooque Sheikh deserve a standing ovation for their performances. They come across as a couple who are relatable and likable at the same time. Sharat Saxena, Raghuveer Yadav, Satish Shah, Vineet Kumar and Tinnu Anand are prefect in their roles.

The only sad part about the film is its writing, as it is too predictable and melodramatic. Sanjay Tripathy is effective as a director as he has handled the film well but then he falls flat in the writing department, especially the climax that is a never ending saga and that’s the ONLY sad part about the film.

What upsets me is the fact that films like Club 60 never got the right amount of publicity and never a good enough release and that’s why they go unnoticed.

I would like to applaud to the producer Kavee Kumar for putting in his monies in such a project.

Rating: I would settle with “three” stars to Club 60 (one each for Sarika, Farooque Sheikh and Kavee Kumar)