Prem Mhanje Prem Mhanje Prem Asta

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With a title borrowed from a legendary Marathi poem the expectations from Mrinal Kulkarni’s directorial debut were surely high. But sadly this film does not meet the expectations to the fullest.

Prem Mhanje Prem Mhanje Prem Asta essentially revolves around two characters; Anu played by Mrinal Kulkarni and Dr. Rohit beautifully played by Sachin Khedekar.  Anu is separated from her husband who was cheating on her while Sachin and his wife Pradnya are divorced but still good friends. The story is predictable and you clearly know how this is all going to end. The film does manage to touch upon many relevant issues besides being a love but in trying to touch upon all this the film does drag a bit.

Prem Mhanje Prem Mhanje Prem Asta is not a bad film but it’s definitely not in the same league as some of the recent Marathi films in terms of originality of the issue or the screenplay. Honestly the first half of the film is boring and tiresome and a forceful attempt to create a comic touch with supposedly funny characters is so passé that it should have been totally avoided.

Prem Mhanje Prem Mhanje Prem Asta should be appreciated for the impeccable performances of Sachin Khedekar and Pallavi Joshi who plays Pradnya – former wife of Dr. Rohit. Sachin is brilliant and it was such a delight to watch Pallavi Joshi on screen after years. This is one actress who is a perfectionist and so natural with her acting. I also liked the character of Anu’s mother in law played by veteran actor Suhas Joshi who stands by her daughter in law when her son cheats on his wife. But then again haven’t we seen this before in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna? All the central characters in the film break the fourth wall at some point of time and share their thoughts but this is not handled well and these shots seem patchy though most of these are beautifully enacted by the actors.

My final verdict – Prem Mhanje Prem Mhanje Prem Asta is an average film that can be best watched when it’s aired on television.

I want to share some lines from the evergreen Marathi poem.

Prem mhanaje prem mhanaje prem asta,
Tumcha aani aamcha agdi same asta.

Marathitun “isshha” mhanun
prem karta yeta,
Urdumadhye “ishq” mhanun
prem karta yeta.

Vyakaranaat chuklaat tari
prem karta yeta.
Convent madhye shiklaat tari
prem karta yeta.

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