Between sweet and sour — Muramba

The sweet and sour of life between Break-up and Patch-up…about relationships and everyday joys. review of the Marathi movie Muramba. a Romcom.

“Its Chinmayee’s movie,”

“Its about a husband empowering his wife”

It was Hobson’s choice and off we went to Samrat for the movie. Somehow I expected an near empty theatre, and to my surprise it was a near full house, the audience ranged from young couples to senior couples to the “united Indian family goes to movies

A well narrated crisp movie, in the first half it deals with the mundane ridiculousness of everyday life. while the second half brings the more pertinent issue out.

Traditional story telling is either about a person, or a event, this narrative is more focused on the event, “the breakup of Aalok and Indu” the narrative uses flashback to share the events that lead to the break up.

Chinmayee Sumeet as Janaki Aalok’s mother has given a restrained elegant performance. The concerned mother who is alternatively dominating and allowing her son space. Sachin Khedekar as Aalok’s father, who very subtly brings his son to his senses. Mithila Palkar as Indu the girl in love who wants to supportive, but needs to know what she is supporting and Amey Wagh as Aalok who is trapped in his own comfort zone.

Chinmayee and Sachin bring out the bond between the much married couple very well, the easy companionship the underlying protectiveness and respect comes through. Somewhere through the movie there is a feel that there is something else happening which Aalok with his blinkers about his break up is missing, it turns out to his parents wedding anniversary.

Indu on her scooter, Aalok on his bike, the Deshmukhs(Sachin and Chinmayee) in their car,  Janaki’s hurt when her son calls her, “a 10th pass from Dharwad” with disdain, her own self-satisfied look when drives the family car through the safe roads of the housing colony, the detailing has been meticulous.

When Mr.Deshmukh calls his wife by her maiden family name “Ashtekar” it brought home some familiar family moments.

With English subtitles it made understanding the movie easy.

Muramba Well I say – ah movie for the family to see.

Sandook — a curiosity box

sandookOn Friday my husband surprised me, he asked me out for a movie of course it was a Marathi movie and it was more to take a relative out. But of course we did go. And the Movie was “Sandook”

It was first day first show….

Movie set in the British era, it opened like the Malgudi days with R.K. Narayan’s sardonic sense of humour about a statue of a British citizen in the centre of a none descript town of Sambalgad. Subtitles of course helped a person like me, who is not comfortable in Marathi, but all the same it does distract.

Like I said the movie is set in the British India, with Waman Rao Ashtaputre  ( Sumeet Raghavan) who dreams about living up to the Ashtaputre lineage  who are immortalized as photographs on the wall, interesting that  the lineage had photographs of people before tradition of photographs arrived.  He gets his much awaited chance accidentally, through a friend Banya who is a revolutionary who hands him a sandook… which is the mystery and the key throughout the movie.

Sumeet Raghavan is quite good, in this satirical thriller, that fails to get you bite your nails. Though personally I found the Rahul Mahendale as Bhatkande well essayed, the meek government employ who is a secret revolutionary was brought out well by Mehendale both through body language and voice.  Sharad Ponkshe as Shyam Rao and Brandon Hill as Scott was quite impressive. The rest of the cast do not undermine the final product but they are do not contribute enough to make the movie as powerful as it could be. Oh yes the twist was really a surprise. Firdaus Mewawala as Billimoria was boringly stereotype, who forgot his Parsi accent in between.

The finale where WamanRao Ashtaputre gets to vindicate himself somehow was not very convincing with the way his character was brought out. One particular scene that struck me was WamanRao’s son Bharat, who is all the while reluctant to memorise  his ancestors and their achievement does so  spontaneously as if to all forth their strength at a moment when he needs to be brave.

To me the way the narrative has woven historic facts into it was interesting. This could actually be a great way to learn history in its totality. The use of folk dances was again remarkably authentic thanks to whoever the dance choreographer was may his or her tribe grow.

A good one time watch, for a person who reads the subtitle a true blood Maharashtrian viewer would probably say something different.

rating ***1/2