Over the last seven years, one has seen several love stories in Marathi. However, almost all of them were based on the same theme as Sairat after the Nagaraj Manjule’s movie became a huge runaway success in 2016. But with directors KS Ashoka and Vishal Asha Patil’s Sari, one can say that this is a rare love story in this language that’s fresh and miles away from the Sairat hangover.
Sari is the official Marathi remake of the Kannada movie Dia. KS Ashoka, the director of the original film, has also helmed the remake along with Vishal Asha Patil. The trailer of Dia and its synopsis indicate that Sari is a faithful remake, which can’t be ignored.
The movie tells the story of the introvert college student Dia (Ritika Shrotri). She sets her eyes on a fellow student Rohit (Ajinkya Raut) but is unable to even approach him, leave alone confess her love. When Dia finally gets an excuse to talk to Rohit, she realizes that the latter has left the college and the city.
Despite being heartbroken, she moves on. A year later, Rohit suddenly enters her life again. Much to Dia’s delight, she realizes that all this while, Rohit too was secretly in love with her. The two start their own journey of love, which, unfortunately is short lived. Later on, fate brings the happy-go-lucky Adi (Pruthvi Ambaar, who played the same role in the original) in her life and he gradually becomes as good as her family.
The major positive aspect about Sari is that despite the subject of a girl and boy falling for each other and then fate separating them is done-to-death, there is a high degree of freshness in the narrative and presentation. The directors’ manner of portraying even the simplest of situation is filled with out-of-the-box creativity. This also ensures that the love triangle part also doesn’t appear outdated, although it is on paper.
Sari also scores high when it comes to bringing back the lost innocence in love stories in films of today’s times. The romantic moments are full of old-world charm and at the same time they appear modern. Along with the direction and dialogues, the soft-hearted music too plays an important role in this aspect.
With Sari, Ritika Shrotri has come out of her image as a teenage actress by giving a mature act as Dia. Ajinkya Raut and Pruthvi Ambaar are perfect fit for their characters of Rohit and Adi. Raut succeeds in showing some degree of shyness that was needed by the character. Pruthvee, on the other hand, is the opposite of him and he displays his versatility. Mrinal Kulkarni is once again reliable and likeable.
I always avoid giving away spoilers in any review. But with Sari, I have no other choice since its biggest negative point lies in the pre-climax and climax. Still, without giving away anything about the story, it can be said that these portions are not just tragic but also mentally brutal after 80% of the film being light-hearted and non-heavy even in sad situations.
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There is no harm in showing tragedy but it needs to fit the story and the narrative. In the case of Sari, it appears needless and just for the heck of it. Another reason why this part doesn’t suit the film is because the dialogue, “Life is full of surprises and miracles” is uttered repeatedly along with some positive preaching. The trailer also asks us to “believe” in the good. The only good one can see in these moments is that the film becomes like a mystery drama.
Overall: Despite the issues in the pre-climax and the climax, Sari scores enough to see it once.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Directors: KS Ashoka and Vishal Asha Patil
Producers: Dr Suresh Nagpal and Akash Nagpal
Cast: Ritika Shrotri, Ajinkya Raut, Pruthvi Ambaar, Mrinal Kulkarni