March 23, 2013 11:19:26 AM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
Staged a few years ago as a play, Makarand Deshpande's SONA SPA may have worked as a theatrical adaptation. But giving it a real-life feel on a larger-than-life canvass calls for a different set of skills.
While the subject per say is hatke, the treatment is where Deshpande falters with. Also, he could have altered the cast that acted in the play to make a few changes for the screen version. The gain here would have been the flexibility of the character to adapt to a 'movie feel'. What happens here is that every actor feels he or she is on stage and this does not allow the movie to really take off the way the director would have expected it to.
At SONA SPA, you can buy your sleep, just like you can a refrigerator, a house, or anything else off the counter. If you are sleep deprived, or so busy that you do not have time to sleep, Sona Spa offers you the luxury of sleep at a nominal cost. The outcome; you feel as refreshed and your body rested as though it is you who has just woken up from a deep slumber. But there is a catch here, the person sleeping for you has access to your dreams!
So it happens here with two girls Ritu (Aahana Kumra) and Rucha (Shruti Vyas). Both enroll themselves at this sleeping centre when they find their sister and dad respectively, have sleeping disorders. Both girls are poles apart. While Ritu, a reserved, homely girl is from Pune, Rucha is a Mumbai-bred rich kid, ready to shoot off her mouth.
Both sleep for different clients and are subject to their wild and sometimes horrific dreams.
The enacting of scenes is monotonous and staccato in its essence. There's no emotion coming from within from any of the characters. The lady who is in charge of SONA SPA Indira Madam (Pooja Pradhan) is too plastic in her performance, exceptionally clear-cut and absolutely honest. Even the smile does not reach her eyes. There is not a grain of emotion on her face.
The use of Naseerudin Shah is comical. He is always on the big screen at this sleeping centre urging clients to sleep well. We are told, he is based somewhere in Seattle!
The two stars are for the concept and the courage to steer clear from the mundane plots that are on offer, week after week. It could have been an easy 3-star rating; but for that Deshpande should have jumped out of the box with his creative inputs for this play to have really worked on screen.