While Kajol continues to create new frontiers in the commercial world, and is now in the eighteenth year of illustrative career manifest from the huge success that MY NAME IS KHAN, Tabu who was somewhat junior to her by three years as her debut film PREM was released in 1995, has created a niche for herself in the experimental cinema and has made it her domain. TOH BAAT PAKKI emphasizes Tabu's outreach as the actor who can carry the film on her shoulders by her effervescent acting.
The parallels between Kajol and Tabu are contrasting as both in a way belong to the industry, both had rather insignificant debuts, Kajol through BEKHUDI and Tabu through PREM, but both are really two ends of the cinematic oeuvre of Hindi cinema. TOH BAAT PAKKI underlines the role the match makers play in the Indian family and the esteem and importance that they have in the Indian social structure. Tabu with rather mischievous glint in her persona has etched a character that would indeed more food for thought to the middle stream directors to give more meaty roles to Tabu. As a matter of fact, Tabu has reached the age where she can effortlessly step into the shoes of Rekha by virtue of portraying the powerful character roles that Rekha used to play. After Rekha hung her boots, the void is there, but TOH BAAT PAKKI would indeed provide the platform to Tabu to dawn the mantle effortlessly.
TOH BAAT PAKKI is one film that tries to reach out to the audience in the real India and the underlining motif of the film is to re-look at the manner in which the role of girl is thought in the family. Indeed the new decade therefore begins on a promising note for the audience of the country that exists outside the multiplex domain.
Sharman Joshi with the new found confidence after his success in 3 IDIOTS plays a delightful cameo in TOH BAAT PAKKI. He indeed is on a high manifest from the fact that he has been chosen to be one of the brand representatives of Airtel, and if Airtel has chosen them to be featured along with Shah Rukh Khan as the brand ambassador for Airtel, Joshi is moving into the big league.
While TOH BAAT PAKKI tries to follow up in the footsteps of the traditions and benchmarks created by Hrishikesh Mukerjee and Basu Bhattacharya, the test would be whether the kind of sensibilities of average middle class that these directors tried to set into relief through their numerous cinematic oeuvres is underlined with this film as well?