Direction: Rahul Jadhav
Production: Artha Motion Pictures and Nirmit Nirmitee
Writer: Chinmay Mandlekar
Cast: Chinmay Mandlekar, Murli Sharma, Namarata Gaikwad, Ganesh Yadav, Kedar Shinde
Music: Amit Raj Sawant
Genre: Political Drama
Rating: * * *
Story Outline: Shankar Gawde (Chinmay Mandlekar) is not just a karyakarta (party worker) for Forest Minister Prakash Jadhav (Murli Sharma). He considers the politician as his demigod. He helps fulfill Jadhav’s political motives by staging fake protests, gatherings, etc.
All hell breaks loose for Jadhav when television journalist Shrikant Pathak (Ganesh Yadav) exposes him for corruption in the land sector. Hence, the party chief demands Jadhav’s resignation. In order to show his power and hit back at the party chief, Jadhav orders Gawde to organize a violent protest outside the party chief’s office. An emotionally charged Gawde obeys the orders only to realize that he has been taken for a ride. Angry and heartbroken, Gawde sets out to take revenge from Jadhav for the betrayal!
Review: There have been a number of political dramas in recent years. But despite that, debutant filmmaker Rahul Jadhav’s Vijay Aso stands out for portraying the real picture on the working of a karyakarta (party worker). Although there is an absence of flawlessness, the above mentioned point, a fast narration and above all, Chinmay Mandlekar’s bravura act make sure that Vijay Aso is surely worth watching.
What works most for the movie is a fast paced narration with hardly a dull moment. After an average beginning, the writers have nicely presented a number of interesting events one after the other. But the biggest plus point has to be the inside story behind political events like rallies, gatherings, protests, etc.
This surely brings back memories of Avdhoot Gupte’s Zenda. But Vijay Aso treads on a different path by focusing more on their working style with respect to the manner in which they organize staged political events. Later on, the most defining moment and Mandlekar’s transformation take the movie to a new level.
The film, however, would have been superlative but for some negative points. The evil motto of one of the main characters is not clearly explained. The writers should have exploited Mandlekar’s transformation by including more clap-worthy moments. An important incident in the pre-climax portion and the events in the climax needed to be presented in a more impactful manner.
Jadhav shows his class in his cinematography, which is a big plus point of movie. The background score succeeds in creating the desired effect. The tune after Mandlekar’s transformation is very impactful! Music (Amit Raj Sawant) doesn’t have much scope in such films but the title rock track manages to impress and suits the subject. ‘Holicha Danka’ too is memorable but the item song ‘Ishqachi Boat’ is just average.
Chinmay Mandlekar is brilliant as the central character Santosh Gawde. He shows his acting prowess by playing two different characters with perfection. This is the first time that Murli Sharma is playing one of the main characters in a Marathi movie. He gives a terrific act as a cunning, manipulative politician. His Marathi pronunciation should be applauded except on a couple of occasions which is surely forgivable considering his background.
Ganesh Yadav is mostly famous for playing the role of a cop in Marath films. For the first time, he plays a television journalist and he is just outstanding! Namrata Gaikwad fits the bill as Gawde’s love interest, although she is more of a supporting character. Kedar Shinde, Janardan Parab, Amita Khopkar and the rest of supporting cast play their parts well.
Overall, if you enjoy realistic political dramas, Vijay Aso won’t disappoint you. The film desperately needs a strong word-of-mouth due to the average hype and the fact that it is clashing with a number of other Marathi movies.
I have always had doubts about the concept of reincarnation. But after the terribly tragic news of the passing away of the 23 year old gang rape victim (also called Damini), I am hoping such a phenomenon does exist. Such brave-heart fighters surely deserve another chance! May her soul Rest In Peace and may God give strength to her family and the entire nation to overcome this grave tragedy.
The only way justice can be given for such unimaginably torturous crime is by giving extremely painful deaths to the offenders. Death merely by hanging is as bad as acquittal!
The number of rapes, especially in Delhi, has increased tremendously in the last few years. But what measures have the government taken to amend laws for rapes and to ensure safety of women? Absolutely none!
There is also no doubt that the Delhi Police has the dedication required to improve the situation. This was clearly seen by the way they mercilessly beat up protestors which also included women and, shockingly, senior citizens! If they had shown such fierce determination in protecting the women, such an incident wouldn’t have taken place!
If the same attitude is continued by our authorities, I am sorry to say such incidents will keep taking place, unless some weird creatures, who call themselves men, start behaving humanly!
The level of disgrace in India is increasing day by day. What is most appalling is that these new levels are crossed by the ones who are supposed to protect us: Government and Delhi Police! After the monstrous lathi charge against protestors, including females and even senior citizens, the latest disgrace was seen yesterday when the authorities showed no qualms in even using someone’s death for their own benefit!
When constable Subhash Tomar passed away during the anti-rape protests that turned violent, the Delhi Police and the government announced that the violent mob was responsible for his death. However, they were in for some great disappointment when eyewitnesses Yogendra and a Medical Superintendent of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital fearlessly gave firsthand accounts that Tomar died due to a cardiac attack.
Yogendra said he saw him collapsing all of a sudden and there were no injury marks. The same was confirmed by the Superintendent. Hence, the ploy of the authorities to blame protestors for Tomar’s death almost failed. So what did they do? They presented a postmortem report saying he died due to a cardiac attack due to injuries! Very smart but not smart enough to fool the people of our country! For a government that is known for its malpractices in last few years, forging a postmortem is like a walk in the park!
But Yogendra and the medical officer stuck to their stand. I heartily salute them for standing up for the truth! Also, it is clearly seen in the picture that there are no injury marks. And why would a mere student and a medical officer lie? On the other hand, the government and Delhi Police had everything to gain by putting the blame on the protestors as it would, at least temporarily, cover up their failure in protection women.
And by the way, the violent protestors whom they are referring to are members of National Students Union of India (NSUI), which is the youth wing of Congress! An eye-witness told a news channel how NSUI members started violence and abuse on the cops and even encouraged others to do so!
This surely gives rise to an important question – How can we expect our police and authorities to protect our women when they themselves are conspiring against their own people for putting the blame of their ghastly acts on them (people)? One also needs to take into consideration how mercilessly the protectors of law (Delhi Police) beat up females and senior citizens! This question is more relevant after the son of the President of India Abhijit Mukherjee himself made the most disgracefully derogatory statement against the women who took part in the protests against the gang rape of the 23 year old girl in Delhi.
Mukherjee, who is also a Congress MP, shamelessly said, “I would term the protests as Pink Revolution. It is becoming fashionable to land up on streets with candles. Such people are completely disconnected with reality. Women protestors go to discotheques and then hold candle light protests. I bet most of them are not students because of their age. They are beautiful, highly dented and painted women chasing two minutes of fame while giving interviews on TV. They bring their children to show them the scenes.” How can the son of the first citizen of India and an MP can have the audacity to say such a thing? I have no qualms in saying that jail is the ideal place for such people!
The mindset is even worse when it comes to the police. Recently, a number of police officers from Delhi and other parts of North India openly said that it is only women who are responsible for all rapes! See the shocking video here - http://in.screen.yahoo.com/guardian-predator-real-face-indias-193436093.html After such shockingly shameful revelations, it is needless to say that the answer to my above question is a resounding NO, more so as a number of brutal rapes are continuing to happen in various parts of the country, including Delhi.
So what can the women of India do in order to be safe? Recently, a Twitter user with the handle @MyHyness Tweeted, “I don't think any law will work unless men stop behaving like animals.” This according to me seems to be the only way rapes can be stopped or lessened because there is just no hope from the police and Government after a series of nightmarish activities and comments by them!
Producer Tahir Maner of Biroba Films was once leading a stable career as a mechanical engineer. But a successful professional life and inner satisfaction don’t always go hand in hand. In such a situation, a person is inclined to follow his heart. That is exactly what Tahir did and entered the film production arena with the Marathi film Hou De Jarasa Ushir. The movie has already made heads turn after being selected in the top 282 films for the race towards the most prestigious Oscar Award.
Apart from getting candid about the movie, the producer shares his thoughts on the survival of new production houses in an exclusive chat with Halti Chitre.
What is your movie Hou De Jarasa Ushir about?
You might remember the lemon and spoon race which we used to play during our childhood. In that race, one needs to come first but at the same time make sure the lemon doesn’t fall. What we are saying through the movie is that if the lemon falls from your spoon, there is no point in coming first. This is the theme of Hou De Jarasa Ushir. The lemon indicates your family life, as in how much time you are giving to your close ones, and your health. So we have tried to describe this in our title which says that it is okay if there is a delay but you shouldn’t lose the lemon.
How did you decide the cast? Did you deliberately didn’t pick big stars?
We had auditions for the cast. Of course, for the role of Fakir we had few people in mind. When we narrated the role to Sadashiv (Amrapurkar) sir, he was very much interested. To have such a senior artist in our film is an honor for newcomers like us. For the rest of the cast, it wasn’t pre-decided to have newcomers. Things just happened eventually.
Your film is selected in the top 282 films in the Oscars.
It is still like a dream for us. This is our first feature film. I joined the industry just in early 2010. So when your first project is selected in the top 282 films in Oscars, you can imagine what I must be feeling considering there are people who spend a lot of time of their live to achieve this.
You are a mechanical engineer. How did you land up in filmmaking?
This question is very common for me (laughs). When I was in Mumbai earlier, I used to work in the field of mechanical engineering. I was happy with the job but not with the lifestyle. I had to work for ten hours and spend almost four hours travelling. Obviously, it wasn’t satisfying for me. I thought there are various other things I could do. I was always interested in writing but I wasn’t able to do that because of my job. Hence, I thought I should take out some time for myself.
At the same time, Wasim (Maner, director) had started his production house in 2005. I was also working with him side by side. So I left my job and moved to my hometown in Phaltan, where one could get lots of time to write. In this way, I became involved with the production house. Later on, we started building our team for Hou De Jarasa Ushir. I started writing screenplay with Wasim and we started shooting in late 2010.
Tell us about your association with Devisha Films, who is distributing the movie.
I personally feel such associations should happen in Marathi film industry frequently. Devisha Films is a big name while we are newcomers. If we have someone like them as our associates, their experience and expertise will help our movie gain better collections. I personally feel it is about co-operation and not competition. Such associations will help Marathi film industry survive. This would ensure that we would go on making more films.
You are aware that only three to five films attain success every year. Due to this, a lot of first timers are not seen again because of the losses incurred! Recently, I read that 95% of Marathi industry is surviving because of first time producers, which means they are nowhere to be seen after their first film. In Bollywood, there are hardly ten big production houses but they have a large share in the profits of the industry. Such a thing should happen in Marathi industry as well but right now we don’t have more than three big production houses.
Do you agree that internet is becoming an important tool in promoting Marathi films?
It is becoming. Internet has entered our society very deeply! These days, everybody is on Facebook. If a person is interested in Marathi films, he will check about the upcoming movies. Even we are getting a very good response from our Facebook page.
You are releasing your film alongside the much awaited Pune 52. Don’t you think this can be a disadvantage for both films?
Yes, it can be. Right now, talks are going on between both the films to see if there can be a way out. We had decided to release our film on January 18, 2013 at the start of November while the makers of Pune 52 had scheduled their films release on December 12, 2012. Even we don’t want to divert Marathi audience as that will affect both the films. Let’s see what happens. Hope for the best.
What are your forthcoming projects?
We are planning two-three films including an action comedy and a thriller. We are also planning a Hindi movie but first of all we are looking for a good cast and a tie-up with a good production house. Just like the title of our film Hou De Jarasa Ushir, we are not in a hurry. It is not that we would make only Marathi or Hindi movies. It will depend according to the demands of a particular story.
So far, I have refrained myself from writing about the more than horrendous gang rape of a 23 year old girl in a moving bus in Delhi. This reason for this is not only the fact that I am profoundly disturbed by the crime but also because of my earlier assumption that the guilty would be punished soon since such a horrendous crime is never ever heard in the country before. However, after government and Delhi Police’s monstrous attitude towards the protestors of this incident, it is no longer possible for me to stay quiet anymore!
First of all, the horrifically inhuman nature of the crime should have ensured massive changes in laws pertaining to rapes. If not this, there should have been at least some steps taken for the same. The current law states that a death penalty can be given only when the victim passes away. So should we wait till the poor girl succumbs? Even if the victim passes away, death penalty is given by just hanging the convict. For this type of a crime, death by hanging is a very mild punishment! It is not only denying justice but it also doesn’t put fright in the minds of potential rapists.
The biggest proof of this is how a 20 year old Nepali girl was raped thrice in Mumbai barely five days after the Delhi incident. Need I say more?
So when the whole of Delhi comes out to express protest (which is our constitutional right) for making laws stricter for such crimes, they have to face police brutality in the form of lathi charges, tear gas and water cannons. I agree there were a percentage of miscreants from various wings of political parties who started violence and vandalism but that doesn’t give license to the authorities to become brutal with all, especially students who have nothing to do with these groups. If you can’t catch a small percentage of troublemakers how justifiable it is to assume the rest of the protestors to be antisocial?
Later on, the percentage of troublemakers increased but once you start brutally assaulting innocents, you can’t expect them to behave peacefully, especially when you employ Rapid Action Force! In fact, what stunned the nation with disbelief was how the policemen had no qualms in even bashing up senior citizens (See picture)! Seriously, can we really expect them to protect us?
Someone needs to tell them that they are not dealing with dacoits! These people haven’t gathered to loot the city. These are the common people of their own country who are just demanding terribly strict laws for rapes to secure the future of the women of India! Is the demand so irrational that they need to be dealt like criminals?
Facts also show how Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal's supporters have been subjected to similar treatments a number of times during their peaceful protests. On the other hand, political parties who openly engage in vandalism for their own good are never punished!
I wish the government and Delhi Police had shown such fierce dedication in protecting girls and women of the city. It’s just that the massive outrage have woken them up. But if they had woken up themselves, life of a lot of females in the city would have been much better and such a situation wouldn’t have arisen.
Direction: Arbaaz Khan
Production: Arbaaz Khan Productions
Writer: Dileep Shukla
Actors: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Sonu Sood, Vinod Khanna, Deepak Dobriyal
Genre: Action/ Comedy
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Star Value: When you have Salman Khan, the biggest superstar currently, in the lead, there are no prizes to guess that the star value for Dabangg 2 is supremely high! And with the presence of Sonakshi Sinha and Prakash Raj, it just gets bigger!
Hype: The excitement for Dabangg 2 has been high ever since it was announced since the first installment in the series was highly appreciated by audience of all age groups and in every region. As expected, the excitement just got increasingly high ever since the trailers and songs were released.
Music: The music hasn’t created as much buzz as the first movie before the release. Nevertheless, the song ‘Fevicol Se’ is known while other songs like ‘Dagabaaz Re’ will slowly go up the charts once the film releases.
It is easier than a child’s play to predict the box office outcome of a Salman Khan film these days. Like the superstar’s previous films, even Dabangg 2 will take the box office by storm, both in single screens and multiplexes and in big cities and small towns.
The question shouldn’t be whether it will reach Rs 100 crore. The question should be whether it will manage to break Ek Tha Tiger and 3 Idiots’ record. It also has chance to become the highest money grosser in a single day. The record is currently held by Ek Tha Tiger which earned Rs 33 crore in one day. The release of Dabangg 2 will also ensure an almost end of the journey for Talaash and Khiladi 786 at the ticket window.
By Sushant Kalaskar
New challenges can be in store even for veterans who have been there and seen it all. The same would have been the case with acting pro Sadashiv Amrapurkar when he was required to sing for his Marathi movie Hou De Jarasa Ushir, for the first time in his career spanning more than 30 years. The song in question is a fun number called ‘Dhampak Dhampak’.
“Initially, I was apprehensive to sing but Nakul Jogdeo (music director) worked very hard and made things easy for me,” said Amrapurkar during the music launch of Hou De Jarasa Ushir. Surprisingly, the veteran artist is not the only actor who has rendered a number. Actors Vishwas Sakat and Raj Ranaware have also displayed their vocal chords in the song ‘Lagnala Jayacha’.
The event, which took place in Pune, was started off by felicitating all actors, people from the crew, singers as well as technicians. Since it was the music launch, every song from the movie was played on the screen with each actor, from every particular song, narrating the experience during the shoot of the song. Film’s lead actor Abhyang Kuvlekar hosted the event.
Produced under the banner of Biroba Films and distributed by Devisha Films, the movie is directed by Wasim Maner. Apart from Amrapurkar and Kuvalekar, the film also stars Aishwarya Narkar, Sharvari Jamenis, Raj Ranaware, Chinmay Mandlekar, Aditi Sarangdhar and others. It is slated to release next year.
Direction: Ashish R Mohan
Production: Hari Om Entertainment Co, HR Musik and Eros International
Writers: Bunty Rathore and Himesh Reshammiya
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Himesh Reshammiya, Asin, Mithun Chakraborty, Raj Babbar, Mukesh Rishi, Rahul Singh, Rajesh Khattar
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Genre: Action/ Comedy
Release Date: December 7, 2012
Star Value: With the presence of superstar Akshay Kumar and talented Asin, the star value for Khiladi 786 is high!
Hype: The promos of the movie have received a decent response, although not very good. This is because of its supposed similarity with a number of mindless action flicks of recent times. Due to the promotions and publicity, the hype has been good if not terrific.
Music: The songs of Khiladi 786 are slowly becoming popular. Apart from the title track, ‘Long Drive’, ‘O Bavaria’, ‘Balma’ and ‘Hookah Bar’ are gaining popularity.
Khiladi 786 will get a decent to good opening at the box office if it gets positive initial reports. However, the response won’t be terrific, which is expected from such films, since Aamir Khan’s Talaash (released last week) is still doing well. The good thing for the Akshay Kumar starrer is that no major film is releasing next week which gives it a good two weeks’ period to earn moolah before Salman Khan’s hugely awaited Dabangg 2 releases on December 21. Khiladi 786 has potential to do well in single screens as well as multiplexes, although its chances lie higher in the former due to the genre.