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Deliciously packed film Cast: Huma Qureshi, Sharib Hashmi,  Bharti Achrekar Rating: 3.5* Streaming on: ZEE5  Helmed by debutant Piyu...

Deliciously packed film

Cast: Huma Qureshi, Sharib Hashmi, Bharti Achrekar

Rating: 3.5*

Streaming on: ZEE5 

Helmed by debutant Piyush Gupta and produced by Nitesh Tiwari and Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Tarla is a simple film with never a dull moment. In fact, the impact is so much that you will be entertained throughout with its message loud and clear. To top it off the performances of Huma Qureshi as Tarla and Sharib Hashmi as the ever-supporting husband Nalin Dalal is a complete ‘10/10’. The ease with which these two actors perform is truly commendable. Huma underplays her part and gets her Gujarati accent spot on and on the other hand, Sharib is simply amazing. There are a few bumps in the direction, but they can be overlooked in the bigger picture.

The film is based on the Indian chef and cookbook author Tarla Dalal and shows her rise from a humble middle-class background to becoming famous. Residing in Pune, Tarla (Qureshi) a brilliant cook of vegetarian dishes stays with her parents and a younger brother. Her parents want her to marry, but Tarla wants to do more. However, Tarla agrees to marry a Bombay-based engineer Nalin Dalal (Hashmi) when he assures her that he will provide her full support the day she figures out what she wants to do in life. Twelve years pass with them becoming parents to three children. But Tarla is stifled being a parent and homemaker. One day she gets shocked on seeing her husband gorging on non-vegetarian food with relish. Then she decides to make a vegetarian version of the dish. Nalin and her kids love it and so does a neighbour aunty Jayshree (a lovable Bharti Achrekar) who asks her to teach cooking to her daughter Kavya who is about to get married. Because of cooking Kavya persuades her in-laws to let her work after marriage. Word spread and soon many parents approach Tarla to give tuition in cooking. Thus starts her cooking classes at home. But when residents of her society building object, Tarla decides to publish her cookbook.

The finale is very moving and some sequences, especially the interaction with the scrap dealer Gaffur Bhai (a super Amarjeet Singh), Haryanvi chef Mahipal (a very funny Akshat Dixit), and Nalin’s interview with the Paragon Textiles CEO (a lovely Purnendu Bhattacharya) in the climax are surely going to be loved. 

A film that has just the right ingredients of emotions, humour, and conflicts. Not to be missed.

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