Director: Chandrakant Kulkarni
Production: Puja Chhabria for White Swan Productions
Writers: Ajit Dalvi and Prashant Dalvi
Cast: Sachin Khedekar, Mahesh Manjrekar, Rishikesh Joshi, Ashwini Bhave, Pushkar Shrotri, Anand Ingle
Music: Ashok Patki and Mangesh Dhakde
Genre: Politics, Drama
Story: The movie is based on the old Marathi play Mukhyamantri. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vishwasrao Mohite (Sachin Khedekar) is a righteous politician who believes in working honestly for the people. He unintentionally insults an aged and blind singer and feels guilty upon realising his mistake. He also gets to know that the singer had applied for a flat in Mumbai under a government scheme 8 years ago but is still to receive its allotment.
In order to penance for his wrongdoing and give justice to the singer, Mohite pulls up his socks to allot the flat to him and that too before sunrise. His adamant behaviour brings him face-to-face with the dishonest IAS officer Rehmatpurkar (Mahesh Manjrekar).
From the makers great movies like Mi Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy, Hapus, Tukaram and Shikshana chya aaicha gho, one is bound to have high hopes from this movie as well. The topic being my favourite, on Indian Politics, I was more than compelled to watch it. In times when almost all movies portray the politician as dishonest, its a delight to see someone talking about a honest politician. Thus, the politician is a honest, righteous man and the IAS officer (who are normally the heroes who go to great length to get the villian, mostly a brash politician, behind bars) is here shown as someone who abuses power. Quite ironically, the reality is that both are as corrupt.
The topic being my favourite, on Indian Politics, I was more than compelled to watch it. In times when almost all movies portray the politician as dishonest, its a delight to see someone talking about a honest politician
The roles suit each character perfectly. Sachin Khedekar plays the role of the hero perfectly (one cannot doubt his acting abilities after watching all his previous work), yesteryear’s actress Ashwini Bhave fits the role of his wife and well and Mahesh Manjrekar plays the dishonest and villainous roles with ease. It’s like the cop from Wanted (Salman Khan movie where Mahesh played the role of the dishonest cop) got promoted to be an IAS officer and his story is being continued. For casting, the makers get a big thumbs up.
The director gets a realistic take to the movie quite wonderfully, though some things might be a little over the top. Like, I failed to see, why a honest politician did not allot the flat to the poor singer before. Isn’t he entitled to do it before or is the only way for an artiste to get his due in today’s world is to make a politician (a honest one) feel guilty? Also, isn’t it an abuse of power to get the whole department working whole night just to get rid of his own guilt? Yes. one can’t really be so subjective about Indian movies, but sometimes the obvious just seems to be right there for people to notice.
Though the main characters are quite interesting, the side characters are there just for the sake of it. Some scenes could have been cut and instead a better humour quotient could be included, but once again, one can’t be too critical about Indian movies and expect something intelligent from them. The scene inspired from Anna Hazare seems forcefully placed as well, for its more of a spoof rather than a honest take on his life. However, the cinematography is good and so is the background score, which makes one forget all this shenanigans.
The movie is a must watch for Sachin Khedekar’s amazing acting, the decent story and the wonderful direction
The movie is a must watch for Sachin Khedekar’s amazing acting, the decent story and the wonderful direction. I’m quite surprised how, even after the big names in the cast and the makers having made such amazing movies before, this movie did not get that kind of a response. Well, like Shivajiraje Bhosale, I believe a good word of mouth publicity will have a better box office collection. So I would do my part and start the process by saying, go watch the movie in theaters and enjoy it for yourself.
For the trailer, check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pFf5dkJA8IU