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Tunnu’s Tina

Arare Indian art-film spoof, "Tunnu's Tina" offers a fresh look at a family of ambitious Bombay tenement dwellers, minus most of the maudlin genre trappings. If debuting helmer Paresh Kamdar had managed to hold on to pic's farcical tone (including a funny "Bollywood" sendup), it would have been quite a treat. In the end, he doesn't trust comedy to deal with serious social problems and falls back on straight family tragedy. Specialized exhibs may find it worth a look. Though they live in a slum, Tunnu and his family dream of a better life. While his father tries to make money on the stock market, pawning his wife's jewelry as capital, college boy Tunnu lives in a world of movie fantasy, filled with guns and dames, sex and glamour. In reality, he's just another swaggering, boastful teenage boy. By accident he gets Tina, the prettiest, richest girl in the class, to be his girlfriend, until his jealousy makes her dump him. Film closes with all Tunnu's dreams coming to an end.

With:
With: Sunil Barve, Rajeshwari, Renuka Shahane, Rohini Hattangadi.

Kamdar, who also penned and edited the film, has a keen eye for the ridiculous in Indian life. Tunnu’s daydreams about living his life like an action-packed movie are universally funny, and are well contrasted with the banal reality of trying to chat up a girl on the bus ride to school. But by the time improbable dream girl Tina arrives on the scene, film switches to familiar comedy-drama, with class problems thrown in, and loses much of its charm.

Sporting a running time of over two hours, pic could use some paring down for further offshore fest outings.

Tunnu's Tina

Indian

Production: A national Film Development Corp./ Doordarshan production. (International sales: NFDC, Bombay.) Directed, written, edited by Paresh Kamdar.

Crew: Camera (color), K.K. Mahajan; music, Vishal Bhardwaj; art direction, Nitin Desai; sound, Gopal Sinha. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 22, 1997. Running time: 131 MIN.

With: With: Sunil Barve, Rajeshwari, Renuka Shahane, Rohini Hattangadi.

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