A journey of Change
Director: Suhail Tatari
Producer: Atul Pandey
Banner: Adlabs and Atul Productions
Music Director: Gourov Dasgupta
Star Cast: Sikander Kher, Yuvika Chaudary, Alekh Sangal, Vikram Gokhale, Prashant Narayan, Shweta Menon, Ashutosh Rana, Gul Panag, Sachin Khedekar, Divya Dutta, Arjan Bajwa
Release Date: June 13, 2008
After being applauded for ‘Woodstock Villa’, Sikander Khan has proved his mettle once again, this time with ‘Summer 2007’. The film is about the younger generation of today, which is lost in its own sweet world and has no idea about the problems being faced by people around them, especially those in the rural areas. Starting a campus caper, the story delves first into the topic of college politics and then, takes a turn into the rural India, besieged with the problems of cold-blooded landlords and farmer suicides.
The issues highlighted in the film seem to strike a chord with you and make you sit back and think. Even the approach taken by the director is pretty decent, who shows sensible transition of the protagonists, from blithe collegians to conscious citizens. There are certain scenes in the movie that keep you glued to your seat and don’t allow you to even blink. The only problem with Summer 2007 is the numerous sub-plots that the director has tried to take in. College politics, farmer suicides, cruel moneylenders, micro-credit, police-politician nexus, and so on!
Still, he has managed to remain focuses on the main issue - of farmer’s troubles and micro credit. Suhail Tatari has managed to extract good performances from his actors. While, Ashutosh Rana is excellent in his role, Sikander Kher has proved himself once again. Arjan Bajwa is pretty noticeable and Alekh plays his role quite perfectly. Gul Panaga, Uvika, Vikram Gokhale and Prashant Narayanan are all good. However, Sachin Khedekar does not get a chance to exploit his full potential. All in all, it is a movie that you can go and watch in the cinema hall, without any regret.
Summer 2007 Pre-release Review
Summer 2007 is the next film on the block, which is due for release on June 13, 2008. Directed by Suhail Tatari, the tagline of the film is ‘A journey of Change.’ The music of the film has been given by Gourov Dasgupta, while it has been produced under the banners of Adlabs and Atul Productions. The young star cast of the film comprises of Sikander Kher, Yuvika Chaudary, Alekh Sangal, Vikram Gokhale, Prashant Narayan, Shweta Menon, Ashutosh Rana, Gul Panag, Sachin Khedekar, Divya Dutta and Arjan Bajwa.
In the film, Sikander along with Gul Panang, Yuvika, Arjan and Alekh play the characters of five medical students, who attend a rural media training camp in a remote village of Maharashtra. The five students truly represent the cosmopolitan young generation, having an entirely progressive image of the country in mind. However, as an outcome of a game brings them fact to face with reality. As the film progresses the lives of these five friends gets involved with the problems faced by the villagers.
The rural life around them starts having an influence upon them. The five youngsters experience many tribulations and get insights from their own experiences. Following many twists and eye-opening experiences, the students finally come to the stage, where they have to leave the village. Before they can escape from there, they get sucked into the whirlpool of counter currents. Besides confronting bitter realties they find love along the way.
At the end of it, they realize they have become better human beings and once again have to make a choice. Whether they run from the catastrophe or resume their journey on the road to enlightenment and development will only be revealed after the film releases. Besides, Sachin Khedekar has played a crucial role in the film. His character is inspired by the life story of Mohamad Yunus of Grameen Bank, who introduced the concept of micro credit into the world. Overall, the film is a good effort to make the youth aware of the progressing Indian economy.