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11Jul/140

Lai Bhaari (Marathi Movie) Review

 

Director: Nishikant Kamat

Review: From the trailers, Nishikant Kamat’s Lai Bhaari looked like a typical hero-oriented masala film. While it surely is one, the film in totality is much, much more than what is revealed by the promotional material. This doesn’t ensure a quality product though due to an age-old storyline, done-to-death narration and few other issues. However....

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26Apr/140

Postcard (Marathi Movie) Review

By: Keyur Seta

Review: A postman is considered a messiah when he brings delightful news. But he also has to bear the brunt of being labeled as inauspicious if the letter consist a tragic update. Ahire’s exploration of such interesting and unusual experiences of a postman in Postcard is...

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4Apr/140

Yellow (Marathi Movie) Review

Director: Mahesh Limaye

Producers: Riteish Deshmukh and Uttung Hitendra Thakur

Review: A film revolving around a patient suffering from Down’s Syndrome obviously sounds depressing or, at least, too serious. But it takes director Manish Limaye’s just first effort Yellow to prove that even a film dealing with such a subject can be...

 

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31Mar/140

Taptapadi (Marathi Movie) Review

 

Director: Sachin Baliram Nagargoje

Rating: * * 1/2

Story Outline: Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s short story, the film is set during the pre-independence era in Maharashtra. Meera has been staying with her aunt (Ashwini Ekbote) and uncle (Sharad Ponkshe) ever since her mother passed away when she was six years old. Over there, Meera develops a close bond with her cousin Madhav.

As they grow up (as Veena Jamkar and Kashyap Parulekar), their friendship slowly blossoms into love. When Madhav is studying to become a doctor, they get married. The couple is enjoying their marital bond until Meera has a miscarriage. There’s further agony in store for her when she becomes disabled. This results in another woman Sunanda (Shruti Marathe) entering Madhav’s life. Will Madhav betray Meera by marrying Sunanda?

Review: Adapting Rabindranath Tagore’s story on celluloid in a different cultural setting and that too in your first film is no mean task. Debutant Sachin Baliram Nagargoje does show signs of maturity in his adaptation of the legendary writer’s tale in his Marathi film Taptapadi. However, few problem...

 

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7Mar/140

Dhag (Marathi Movie) Review

Director: Shivaji Lotan Patil

Rating: * * * *

By: Keyur Seta

Story Outline: Dhag tells the story of a poor family forced to take up their ancestral and caste-based profession of performing last rites. Hence, their livelihood depends on someone’s death. Despite his hatred towards the profession, Shripati (Upendra Limaye) has been forced to practice it all his life to fill his and his family’s stomachs.

But he doesn’t want his son Krishna (Hansraj Jagtap) to continue the disturbing legacy. Even Krishna is firm in saying a big no to the family occupation. Shripati’s wife (Usha Jadhav) is torn between her support for Krishna’s ambitions and their need to earn a livelihood. Shripati’s mother strictly believes they shouldn’t deviate from their ancestral profession.

Review: Death is considered extremely unpleasant in every society, quite naturally. So how would you feel if a family eagerly awaits someone’s death? Director Shivaji Lotan Patil has portrayed this bold feature in Dhag. But instead of ...

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15Feb/141

Fandry (Marathi Movie Review)

Director: Nagraj Manjule

Producers: Holy Basil Pictures, Navalakha Arts and Zee Talkies

Writer: Nagraj Manjule

Cast: Somnath Avghade, Suraj Pawar, Kishore Kadam, Rajshree Kharat

Genre: Drama/ Romance

Rating: * * * ½

By: Keyur Seta

Story Outline: In Akolner, a small village in the interiors of Maharashtra, lives an adolescent Jambawant Kachru Mane aka Jabya (Somnath Avghade), who constantly faces wrath of his father (Kishore Kadam) for his mischievous ways.

Jabya secretly loves Shalu (Rajshree Kharat) but she is hardly aware about his existence. But the bigger hurdle for Jabya is that Shalu is from a well-to-do higher caste while he is from the lowest one. Hence, his family is forced to carry out tasks that are considered dirty, like killing wild pigs aka Fandry. How will Jabya overpower this social barrier?

Review: From the promotional material, Nagraj Manjule’s directorial debut Fandry appeared similar to Shala and Timepass due to the adolescent love angle. Although that is very much its subject, it is far different from these two films since it mainly deals with the issue of caste discrimination. But instead of being a direct attack on casteism, it follows an indirect hard-hitting route full of artistic brilliance. Such a description, however, also means that...

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31Jan/140

Review: A Rainy Day (Marathi Movie)

Director: Rajendra Talak

Producers: Rajendra Talak Creations, Iris Productions and M. B. Creations

Writers: Rajendra Talak and Abhiram Bhadkamkar

Cast: Subodh Bhave, Mrinal Kulkarni, Ajinkya Deo, Neha Pendse

Music: Ashok Patki

Genre: Thrilling Drama

Rating: * * *

By: Keyur Seta

Story Outline: Aniket is a successful executive in a big company. A project on which he has been working since long gets a go ahead. Not just that, he also gets promoted. Co-incidentally, he receives the news of his wife Mugdha’s (Mrinal Kulkarni) pregnancy too on the same day. But Aniket’s overjoyed mood suffers a jolt when he slowly realizes that Mugdha is getting to know a number of dark secrets related to his professional and personal life. Who is revealing those secrets to Mugdha? What will be its consequences?

Review: Director Rajendra Talak’s A Rainy Day has a lot of things working for itself – an intriguing story, crafty narration, intense presentation, good performances and a friendly length of just 89 minutes. But in a suspense thriller, it is absolutely vital for the final twist to be convincing. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen here else the film could have been so much more satisfying. Nevertheless, the aforementioned points make sure it is surely a one-time watch.

a-rainy-day-marathi-movieThe opening credits of the film are smartly presented. Soon, you realize that was just the tip of the iceberg as a simple story is narrated in the most creative manner possible. For this a large part of the credit should be given to Sanjay Jadhav’s camerawork, which is simply outstanding. In fact, his work matches international level! Well-shot rain scenes almost throughout the film is also a sheer pleasure.

Oscar winning Resul Pookotty and Amrit Pritam Dutta too deserve equal praise for creating an intense feeling through their sound designing. Ashok Patki’s soulful compositions add to the effect.

Talking about the writing, the development of Mugdha getting to know Aniket’s secrets is brought and handled smartly, especially the manner in which flashback is used. Due to this, one is constantly glued to the proceedings. The pace does dip a bit in the second half though. But the biggest problem is the last five minutes. The all-important climax is incomplete and confusing as the biggest and the only mystery of the story isn’t solved. I didn’t feel like leaving the hall after the film was over, unable to believe that it was ended this way.

Subodh Bhave displays his acting prowess while playing a character with different shades with ease. Mrinal Kulkarni puts on a very convincing act of a disturbed woman. She deserves to be seen more. The film has some decent supporting acts from Neha Pendse and Ajinkya Deo and some good cameos by Manoj Joshi, Harsh Chhaya, Kiran Karmakar, Sulabha Arya, Sanjay Mone and few others.

Overall: Despite a big issue, A Rainy Day is a thriller worth watching once. It needs some rapid word-of-mouth to make a mark at the box office.

3Jan/143

Timepass (Marathi Movie) Review

Director: Ravi Jadhav

Producer: Ravi Jadhav

Writers: Ravi Jadhav and Priyadarshan Jadhav

Cast: Prathamesh Parab, Ketaki Mategaonkar, Vaibhav Mangale, Bhalchandra Kadam

Music: Chinar-Mahesh

By: Keyur Seta

Story Outline: Dagadu (Prathamesh Parab) is thrown out of the house by his angry father after he fails in the 10th standard yet again. To support himself, he becomes a newspaper boy. Meanwhile, his friends urge him to get a girlfriend as they believe such ‘time pass’ is a must in life. Just then, Dagadu’s eyes fall on the innocent Prajakta (Ketaki Mategaonkar) and he falls head over heels for her. But Prajakta’s father hates Dagadu to the core after an ugly encounter with him. Will Dagadu succeed in the very first love story of his life?

Review: The two main characters in Ravi Jadhav’s Timepass are just repeated from two successful films – the guy from his own Balak Palak and the girl from Sujay Dahake’s Shala.  One won’t mind this if the film turns out to be enjoyable. And surely, there is hilarity aplenty in Timepass.

But the basic aim of every movie is ... FOR THE FULL REVIEW & RATING, CLICK HERE

 

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27Dec/131

Rangkarmi (Marathi Movie) Review

Director: Sanjiv Kolte

Producers: Shashi Sumeet Motion Pictures

Writers: Sanjiv Kolte and Sumeet H. Mittal

Cast: Dr. Amol Kolhe, Mohan Joshi, Sheetal Dabholkar, Sharmishtha Raut

Music: Pravin Kunvar

Genre: Drama

Rating: * *

(Review taken from the website Halti Chitre.)

By: Keyur Seta

Story Outline: Keshav (Dr. Amol Kolhe) acts in village tamashas much to the opposition of his father. This forces him to leave his house and migrate to Mumbai because acting in theatre means everything to him. Over there, he bumps into Dwarkanath (Mohan Joshi), the most famous make-up artist in Marathi theatre. Impressed by Keshav’s dedication and honesty, Dwarkanath not only offers him an odd job in his theatre group but also shelter at his residence.

Soon, Dwarkanath realizes Keshav’s excellent acting talent and helps him land the lead role of Karna in the play Shoor Karna. As time passes by, Keshav becomes a hugely successful theatre actor. But along with fame and success, pride and ego too take hold of him.

Review: An unknown common man becoming a celebrity and then having a great fall is not a novel concept. But predictability is not the biggest problem with director Sanjiv Kolte’s Rangkarmi. It is the disappointing finale that overshadows...  TO READ THE REVIEW FURTHER, CLICK HERE.

 

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8Dec/132

Pitruroon (Marathi Movie) Review

(Review taken from the website HALTI CHITRE)

Director: Nitish Bhardwaj

Producers: IME Motion Pictures

Writers: Original Story by Sudha Murthy and Screenplay by Bhardwaj and Pravin Tarde

Cast: Sachin Khedekar, Tanuja, Suhas Joshi, Ketaki Vilas, Poorvi Bhave, Om Bhutkar, Mrunal Deshpande

Music: Kaushal Inamdar

Genre: Drama

Rating: * * * *

By: Keyur Seta

Story Outline: The film is based on author Sudha Murthy’s short Kannada story. Venkatesh Kulkarni (Sachin Khedekar), an architect, vows to fulfill his late father’s unfulfilled wish while performing his last rites. He confronts his mother (Suhas Joshi) about his father’s unfulfilled wish but she brushes away the topic.

When Venkatash visits a village in the Konkan region for a project, he is amused to realize that one of the locals is his exact lookalike. He is further amused when he comes to know that even his lookalike is named Venkatesh Kulkarni. His amusement turns into disturbance when few more shocking similarities emerge between the two. Do the two Venkatesh Kulkarnis have anything in common or is it a mere co-incidence?

Review: Due to some reason or the other, the genre of dramatic thrillers isn’t explored often in Indian films. But in his directorial debut Pitruroon, Nitish Bhardwaj has not only explored the genre but also made sure that...

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