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Any kind of calamity, whether natural or man-made, is immediately picked up by the film fraternity to capture the event in celluloid. The 26 July 2005 Mumbai deluge was one of the biggest natural disasters in India in this decade and surprisingly, no film, comprising A-listers was based on it yet. Finally, Tum Mile takes the initiative. It’s a love story and the floods serve as a backdrop. Unfortunately, the ‘flood’ connection wasn’t utilized well and hence, the film fails to impress fully.

The story of the movie: Akshay (Emraan Hashmi) and Sanjana (Soha Ali Khan) become friends when they both were based in Cape Town. Although Akshay was struggling painter and Sanjana was a creative writer cum environmentalist and a daughter of a rich billionaire (Sachin Khedekar), they both hit off well and fall in love. They decide to move in. Unfortunately, both face problems, more so because of Akshay’s financial insecurity. Finally, both have to break up. Six years later, they meet each other once again in a London-Mumbai flight. Things have drastically changed for both Akshay and Sanjana now. However, once they land in Mumbai, they have to go through a roller coaster ride as heavy rains have crippled the entire city. The date was July 26, 2005. They have no choice but to be together in this dark time.

Let’s get one thing straight-although Tum Mile was promoted as a film based on floods, it is actually not. 70% of the film is Emraan-Soha’s flashback in Cape Town. The remaining 30% focuses on the deluge. However, the story wonderfully moves from the present to flashback and back and that’s why the film works a bit.

The first scene of the film is in fact the best one! Weather dept officials who were more interested in playing cards than looking at the warning they received about a downpour just a day before July 26 is a rocking scene! It gives an indication that how the careless attitude of these officials led to a disaster.

The first half of the film has no glitches. The flashback portion begins wonderfully and goes ahead nicely too. Also the scene inside the flight were well executed. The intermission point was scary. However, problems start in the second hour. The flashback scenes quite dragged. Director Kunal Deshmukh could and should have had a crisp narrative. The problems faced by the couple in the floods were engrossing but the climax disappointed. The way both Emraan and Soha accept each other in the climax (after the rains stopped) seemed little indigestible, because their interactions with each other was very limited during the time of crisis. But then it is said, “When you bond during a crisis, the bonding goes deep”. So maybe only the very limited bonding was more than enough for the characters!

The visual effects in the film at some places were tacky and could have been better. The film also exhibits some of the actual footage depicting the horrors of 26/7. But that doesn’t work. Also, factual errors can be noticed-the lead actors are shown wading through chest-deep water in Lower Parel area of Mumbai. However, nothing of that sort had happened there on that day.. In fact, it was in the suburban areas like Juhu, Kalina etc where water had arisen till the first floors. However, some of the horrors of that day were wonderfully captured. Most notable is how the central locking system caused the death of many inside the car after their car’s doors and windows failed to open.

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Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan carry the film on their shoulders wonderfully. Emraan delivers a sparkling performance and proves that he’s one of the best performers around. He looked charming, esp in the flashback portions. However, his bespectacled look in the present track is not as great as the similar one he had in Gangster. But still, he manages to do a great job. Watch out for him when he’s high-tempered and in the scene where he enthusiastically paints Soha. A fine actor indeed!

Soha Ali Khan too comes up with a brilliant performance-one of the best of her careers after RDB and Khoya Khoya Chand. She appears confident and it’s great to see that she slipped into her role so easily. Actually, she wasn’t the original choice-Esha Deol was offered the role initially. After she refused due to some reason, Soha was approached!

Mantra, who plays Emraan’s pal, also gives a confident performance. Sachin Khedekar was impressive. Others were good.

Pritam’s music was one of the USPs of the film. The 3 songs which completely rock are the title song, Tu Hi Haqeeqat and Dil Ibaadat. Watch out for Dil Ibaadat-it was just brilliantly executed!

Prakash Kutty’s cinematography was flawless. So was the design.

There was nothing wrong in the story; it was the screenplay that failed at places. Ideally, equal emphasis should have been there for both the tracks. The flood portions were underutilized. Although Kunal Deshmukh’s first venture Jannat was fantastic, Tum Mile isn’t, unfortunately.

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.       The first scene
2.       Akshay restructures Sanjana’s cake
3.       The title song and Dil Ibaadat
4.       Akshay’s confrontation with the curator
5.       Sachin Khedekar’s only scene
6.       Akshay and Sanjana’s argument the next day
7.       The intermission point
8.       Akshay and Sanjana in the bus and in cracked building

On the whole, Tum Mile unfortunately doesn’t work in totality. Performances and music were brilliant but the film was too dragged for no reason. But the film doesn’t bore even for a moment and the first half was great. Watch it if you are an Emraan/Bhatt fan!

My rating-** ½ out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Tum_Mile-179553-1.html

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By Taran Adarsh, November 13, 2009 – 11:17 IST

In TUM MILE, a couple faces two storms. The storm within, when they come face to face after their breakup. The storm outside, when a natural calamity strikes Mumbai on 26th July, 2005 [unprecedented rainfall devastated Mumbai on this date].

After JANNAT, director Kunal Deshmukh [KD] chooses a love story yet again. It’s about an estranged couple, but the wallpaper in TUM MILE is the Mumbai floods. Naturally then, the expectations from TUM MILE are colossal, given the fact that TUM MILE is the first film that attempts to chronicle the natural calamity on celluloid, with seriousness.

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Had KD limited himself to narrating the ups and downs in a live-in relationship, TUM MILE may’ve struck a chord. But if you’re attempting a disaster movie [its promotions send out strong signals], you’d be eager to know how KD recreates the horrors of 26th July on celluloid. Let’s not forget, the catastrophe is still etched in our memory and has tremendous recall-value.

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While KD succeeds in depicting the tiffs between the lovers, it’s the disaster aspect that doesn’t make much of an impact. That’s because you strongly feel that the infamous Mumbai floods should’ve been given more prominence, instead of using it as a tool to take the story forward.

26th July, 2005 rang an ominous bell for most, but amidst all the chaos and the tragedy, it re-united two star-crossed ex-lovers.

Two people [Emraan Hashmi, Soha Ali Khan] meet after a hiatus of six years. What starts off as a seemingly innocuous encounter on the same flight back to Mumbai, ends up as a rollercoaster ride through some of the darkest hours of Mumbai, as they see the city get swamped with disaster and loss… and are forced to stick together in this time of crisis.

26th July, 2005 remains etched in your memory and I’m sure, every Mumbaikar would’ve a story to tell vis-à-vis what transpired with them or their beloved/relatives/friends/acquaintances on that fateful day. TUM MILE also highlights the dilemma of a couple, who once shared a beautiful relationship, but have moved on in life after they split, till they meet again on 26th July.

Opposites attract and so do Emraan and Soha in TUM MILE. Although their story goes back and forth several times, the narrative doesn’t confuse the viewer one bit. So far, so good.

But the problem lies in integrating the natural calamity with the love story. Even if you’re a non-Mumbaikar, you’d vividly recall the images that were flashed on news channels continuously or perhaps, you may’ve watched the footage on internet. But in TUM MILE, the nature’s fury doesn’t come across strongly or effectively. In a few scenes, yes, you do draw parallels with real life, but the impact it ought to make is just not there. Something is amiss!

KD has handled the love story very well. The tiffs between Emraan and Soha are so identifiable. The ‘Dil Ibaadat’ song in particular completely moves you. But how one wishes the film would’ve focussed more on the characters’ attempts to escape or cope with the disaster or its aftermath.

Pritam’s music is melodious to the core. The cinematography does justice to the beauty of South Africa [romantic portions] and also during the flood sequences. But the usage of stock footage, at places, doesn’t work. The computer graphics could’ve been better and more effective.

Emraan takes giant strides as an actor. He continues to surprise in film after film. Grossly under-rated despite having delivered competent performances in the past, here’s hoping that people wake up to this talented actor after TUM MILE. Like Emraan, Soha too has evolved into a truly fine actor and TUM MILE proves it. The best part is, Soha is extremely natural and that’s what makes her sequences so believable.

Sachin Khedekar is there for just one sequence. Mantra, as Emraan’s friend, is confident.

On the whole, TUM MILE caters to the youth mainly. At the box-office, the Vishesh Films – Emraan Hashmi combo has cultivated a strong fan-base over the years and coupled with good music, which is also very popular, the film should find itself in the comfortable zone. However, the super-strong opposition in 2012 [also highlighting a disaster on celluloid and which has had a wide release in India] might eat into its business at places.

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A blind man as a hero…that’s something really novel and interesting! And this blind hero dances, does daring stunts and doesn’t look visually impaired at all. Unfortunately, in order to exhibit blind actor Nasser Khan’s greatness, the director and the screenwriters paid no attention to other factors and came up with a pathetic product, which due to some reason is titled Shadow. The loopholes in the narrative are big enough to drive a tanker through! Seriously, what were the writers thinking while scripting this film? Even kindergarten kids could have come up with a better film!

The story of the movie: Arjun Sherawat (Nasser Khan) is a serial sharp shooter who since few months is giving the Mumbai Police sleepless nights. He kills his victims and doesn’t leave any clues at all. Inspector Sanjana (Sonali Kulkarni) who is entrusted this case tries hard but fails to get any information or whereabouts regarding Arjun Sherawat. In real, Sherawat is a jovial car mechanic called Raju who has the ability to impress any girl by mouthing some crap dialogues in the most pathetic manner! Coming back to Sanjana, she gets clues that point that reporters Sheetal (Hrishitaa Bhatt) and Rahul (Milind Soman) (the latter who’s hell bent on criticizing Sanjana and Mumbai Police) may be Arjun Sherawat’s allies. But Sanjana is proved wrong when Sheetal informs her about Sherawat’s next victim. Sheetal couldn’t save Sherawat’s target but she’s able to kill him. Intermission time! Now we all know that picture abhi baaki hai and that Arjun Sherawat must be alive and that he’s not going to die just halfway. And as expected, he is indeed alive! He sends an audio clip, challenging Police that he’ll kidnap Builder Habib Faizal (Mushtaq Khan) on September 1-rok sake to rok le! If you want to know what happens next, you’ll have to commit an act of bravery, i.e. see this film!

The film could have been an engrossing fare, never mind the glitches, but even that doesn’t happen as songs are placed just anywhere in the film which badly hampers the pace of the film. There’s a scene where Sherawat aka Raju the mechanic fixes a screw in the car of a hottie (Sonia Mehra) who in turns gets floored and offers him 1000 bucks. Raju and his two colleagues feel that this is a reason to celeberate and so they visit a pub and break into the song ‘Yaariyan’! All this had no connection with the main plot and yet, director Rohit Nayyar happily wastes time on such stupid scenes!

The police are shown as utter fools while Arjun Sherawat is projected as an intelligent ‘sexy’ criminal who can escape from the cops right under their noses. And even characters were not well sketched. Even after the film ends, one doesn’t understand Hrisihita Bhatt’s connection with Nasser Khan. Milind Soman in the initial portions is shown as a reporter but later, we learn that he’s actually a senior cop of Delhi Crime Branch who was working on Sherawat’s case. Again, no explanation provided as to what Milind gained by pretending to be a reporter. Maybe, the director felt revealing Milind Soman’s true identity would give viewers the biggest shock of their lives!

Then there’s Sonali Kulkarni’s father (Vishwajeet Pradhan) who is the police commissioner and whom Sonali hates. This track served no purpose other than increasing the film’s duration. Post-interval, Sonali Kulkarni does a stupid item number (it was the most terrible sight I have seen in recent times) and then falls in love with Nasser Khan. Again, there was no need of this romantic angle in the plot. And how can I forget Home Minister Shiv Shankar (Sachin Khedekar) who used to pass his spare time raping young girls and killing them every week! Undoubtedly, Shadow was Nonsense No.1!

The climax of the film seemed little rushed-maybe the director felt that he has wasted enough time showing Nasser dancing and romancing and should finish the film ASAP. Surprisingly, the film has some good points-background score, music and Sameer Aftab’s performance. He was the only one who looked like a good actor in the film!

Nasser Khan, as we all know, is a bad actor with negligible dancing skills and pathetic dialogue delivery. But I’ll like to appreciate him for his efforts. It was next to impossible for a blind person doing such stunts, acting and even dubbing (the latter requires one to see). And he has also co-produced the film. If only he had improved the story and direction, then maybe Shadow would have been appreciated, notwithstanding his performance.

The film has lots of fine actors and it’s shocking to see them in such a film. Sonali Kulkarni impressed in the role of the cop initially but disappointed later with the item number and the pre-climax scenes. Milind Soman’s role was laughable and so his performance also got affected. Sachin Khedekar as the villainous serial rapist cum Home Minister gives a good performance. I hope he never ever signs such films! Samir Aftab, who played Khedekar’s PA, looked charming and he was the only one in the film who didn’t underperform or overact at all. Hrishitaa Bhatt, Vishwajeet Pradhan and Mushtaq Khan were fairly okay. Sonia Mehra was terrible.

Anand Raj Anand’s music was alright. ‘Khumariyan’ was the only good song of the lot. Raju Singh’s background score was the only thing that rocked in the film. Cinematographers Jalees Oberoi and Raju Badiger could have done a better job in the action scenes.

Rohit Nayyar failed as the director. He managed to showcase Nasser Khan but failed to come up with a well-made film. Mostly, action flicks manage to work in rural areas. But Shadow did a shoddy job even in rural places! In fact, after watching Shadow, I realize that Kamaal Rashid Khan’s Deshdrohi was so much better!

On the whole, Shadow was undoubtedly the worst film I have seen in my life. Stay miles away from this film. It’s worth recommending to your foes!

My rating-* out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Shadow-174799-1.html

By Taran Adarsh, August 21, 2009 – 12:59 IST

First things first! Before we dissect the film, discuss its merits and demerits, discuss whether it worked or not and offer reasons, let’s salute the grit, determination, willpower and courage of Nasser Khan, who enacts the role of the protagonist in SHADOW.

Imagine a blind person carrying off those hazardous, death-defying stunts… Just that effort deserves an applause.

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Now let’s come to the point. SHADOW is more of a showreel to project the acting abilities of Nasser Khan, so, expectedly, the writing takes a backseat. The screenplay is very ’70s and ’80s, reminiscent of the masala films we enjoyed so much then. It’s just that times have changed and so have the tastes of a big chunk of moviegoers.

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Yet, there’s no denying that there still exists a sizable chunk of movie-going audience that relishes masala films and SHADOW is targeted at them.

The police have not been able to crack a serial murder case. Arjun Sherawat [Nasser Khan] is a man who is unseen and is the criminal. No one knows his identity. This case has been granted to Sanjana [Sonali Kulkarni], a police officer. She has been trying too hard, but all her efforts have been in vain.

Sheetal [Hrishitaa Bhatt] is a press reporter who loves her profession to the core. She works with a news channel and has information about the case as she follows it very closely. Rahul [Milind Soman], a press reporter from another news channel, has also been following the case step by step. He constantly keeps nagging Sanjana about the case by questioning her from time to time.

Murders are still being committed at short intervals. Meanwhile, Sheetal passes a crucial information to police about the next target of Arjun Sherawat. But Arjun Sherawat meets with an accident and is presumed dead. Everyone is in a joyous mood until they hear Arjun Sherawat’s latest audio clip, which states that he will kidnap a famous builder Habeeb Faizal [Mushtaq Khan] in front of the police on a given date.

Everyone is stunned on hearing this. Meanwhile, Arjun Sherawat succeeds in kidnapping Habeeb Faizal. What happens next?

In an effort to showcase the heroic abilities of Nasser Khan, the writers throw logic out of the window while writing the scenes. The film holds your attention in the initial reels, but goes haywire in the second half. The romantic track between Nasser and Sonali is the weakest link in the narrative. So is the climax, which just doesn’t work.

At the same time, the stunts and also a few individualistic sequences are deftly executed. Plus, the musical score [Anand Raaj Anand] is the type that caters to the masses and fits well for this genre. Rohit Nayyar’s shot compositions are perfect. Plus, technically speaking, it’s a polished job. However, the writing lets him down at places. Cinematography is good. The stunts deserve special mention.

Nasser Khan is not an actor and though this is evident in several sequences, you don’t really complain because you haven’t come to watch the histrionics in any case. It’s the curiosity factor that has drawn you towards this film, right? Milind Soman gives a good account of himself. Sonali Kulkarni looks grossly over-weight, but does well nonetheless. However, what was the need to make her do an item song? Hrishitaa Bhatt and Samir Aftab get minimal scope. Sachin Khedekar enacts the mandatory villain’s part with ease. Vishwajeet Pradhan and Mushtaq Khan are commendable.

On the whole, SHADOW caters more to the hardcore masses mainly. A film for single screens!

VCDs and DVDs of MI SHIVAJI RAJE BHOSALE BOLTOY now available at all music stores across Maharashtra at affordable prices!

VCD=Rs. 99

DVD=Rs. 199

Images of the launch from BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM:

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FINALLY EROS SCORES!

msrbb312 months ago, I had written about Eros (one of the leading distributors of Bollywood) and how every film they were associated with last year failed to become a Hit. This year also started on bad note. Their first film of the year, Billu Barber, has flopped inspite of SRK in the cast. The high cost of the film is to blame here. And Aa Dekhen Zara (ADZ), their 2nd film, has also made low collections. The movie is strictly okay but it could have made great profits if it had released in multiplexes too. ADZ released only in single screens and stand alone multiplexes and as expected, its collections weren’t encouraging. A flop, unfortunately!

But finally, Eros managed to deliver a hit, in fact, a super hit! Which is that film, you may ask? No, it’s not a Hindi flick, but a Marathi one-‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’! Starring Sachin Khedekar and Mahesh Manjrekar, the film connected to the ideology of Chhtarapati Shivaji has taken the entire Maharashtra by storm. It released on April 3 simultaneously with Akshay Kumar starrer 8×10 Tasveer and yet emerged victorious. The film has released in all the multiplexes and many single screens and in most of these theatres, the film is running to packed houses. Even in the weekdays, the film is getting 90%+ occupancy! In the 1st week, the film collected Rs. 2.75 crores. Considering that the film has released only in Maharashtra and has moderate budget, earning such an amount is an achievement!

erosThe success of ‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ indicates a lot. It gives a clear indication that there’s an audience for regional films. It also gives a hint to producers that instead of investing money on Hindi films with stupid scripts, it’s better to invest in Marathi or any other regional film. Last year, Subhash Ghai backed a Marathi film ‘Valu-the Wild bull’ (*ing Dilip Prabhawalkar, Atul Kulkarni and others) which turned out to be one of the biggest hits of Marathi cinema! I am not sure about the collections but maybe, Valu may have collected more than Ghai’s Yuvvraaj! Also, producing a regional film even with the popular actors of that region will not turn out to be expensive.

So, don’t be surprised if after a few years you find Yash Raj Films or UTV Motion Pictures churning out Marathi/Bhojpuri/Punjabi films!
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All Marathi films are given a ‘tax-free’ status. Therefore, these films have reduced rates. But I was shocked to see last week that Metro Big Cinema (formerly Metro Adlabs), a prominent multiplex in South Mumbai, is charging the same price for the ticket of ‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ as for other films. The price of the ticket for this film’s evening show is Rs. 220 and other films running in the multiplex also have the same rate. This means, that the theatre is charging the Entertainment Tax from a tax-free film! Even PVR multiplexes in Mumbai are doing the same black business!

I can’t understand what the multiplexes are going to get by doing this. When other multiplex chains like Cinemax, Fame, Fun Cinemas etc have reduced their rates for tax-free films, why can’t Metro and PVR Cinemas follow the same? Don’t know about Metro, but PVR is charging the tax-inclusive rate for all tax-free films since a long time. I even wrote a complaint mail to both the multiplexes but none of them cared to reply! Shameless!

Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ has been running successfully in each and every theatre. In fact, from tomorrow, when the 3rd week of the film commences, most of the screens are going to add 1 or 2 shows more but in Metro Big Cinema, today is the last day of the film! Obviously, audiences won’t be coming to watch this film for Rs. 220 when they could see it for lesser rates in other plush multiplexes! And then, its multiplexes like Metro which complains that audiences aren’t coming and that the quality of films has gone down!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/hbfeulopn/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk44

msrbb3Wherever there is urbanization, migration is bound to follow. And after some time, the migrants begin to consider the region as their own. Nothing wrong with that but problems arise when the local people living in the urbanized region since years begins to feel threatened with the growing migration. Things turn sour when these people feel victimized about their identity, culture etc. which finally results in feeling shameful. This is the time when things have almost gone out of the hands. ‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ tells a similar story of a Marathi person. However, kudos to the writer for not making this film a pro-Marathi.

The story of the movie: Dinkar Bhosale (Sachin Khedekar) is a common Marathi man living in Mumbai. He works as a clerk in a bank and lives in an ancestral bungalow. He is a simple man with simple needs but his life is miserable. His salary is meager and is humiliated everywhere. His daughter, Shashikala (Priya Bapat) is highly talented and she can easily be one of the best actresses of Bollywood. However, in the audition, she is rejected because of her surname ‘Bhosale’ which the production manager considers ‘downmarket’. His son Rahul (Abhijeet Kelkar) wants to pursue engineering from a reputed college but the college asks for a huge ‘donation’ inspite that the college is run by Nandkumar (Ganesh Yadav), who’s a childhood friend of Dinkar. Then there’s a builder, Ghosalya, who is keen to demolish Dinkar’s ancestral property and build a skyscraper in its place. In return, he’s willing to give Dinkar a posh flat in far away Badlapur area and a Santro. Dinkar rejects this offer and his wife Sumitra (Suchitra Bandekar) ridicules him for being impractical. Ghosalya on the other hand wants Dinkar’s property at any cost. He starts harassing the Bhosale family in various ways. Frustrated by all this, Dinkar curses him for being born as a Marathi. He says that his ancestors must have committed a heinous sin because of which he’s born a Marathi. This outburst of Dinkar arouses the spirit of Shivaji Maharaj (Mahesh Manjrekar) who comes face to face to meet Dinkar. He scolds him for his shallow thinking and asks him “Did I fight and establish Swaraj to hear something like this from my people?” He teaches him a lesson and Dinkar realizes that he was indeed wrong. From the next day, Dinkar changes his mindset and decides to fight landsharks, goons, corrupt officials, cops and all those who obstruct his path. Will he be able to emerge victorious?

Although the film has lots of dialoguebaazi, it doesn’t become preachy at any place. What really works is its excellent screenplay and direction. At places, the film just shakes you. Take for instance, the scene where Dinkar is criticizing the biggest Maratha leaders of the past-it stirs up your conscience. And the scene that follows, the entry of Shivaji Maharaj in the narrative creates a far more impact. The war theme in the background and the audience’s whistles and claps made for a fantastic experience! And from here, the film becomes brilliant!

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The film becomes little slow in the 2nd half but again picks up in the last 20 minutes. The other flaw was in the story itself. Why wasn’t any attempt made to politicize Dinkar’s cause by any party? And the way he suddenly became very famous was hard to digest. However, the film makes up for its flaws completely in various departments and emerges victorious!

Along with its unique storyline, the film also earns brownie points since it doesn’t preach hatred towards other communities. Dinkar is shown to have rented a part of his bungalow to North Indian and Muslim family and is supportive to both of them. In return, they provide complete help to Dinkar in his struggle. Then there’s a scene where Dinkar says that we never raise our hand on the enemy’s wife/sister/mother or children. These were also the teachings of Shivaji, which is in today’s times forgotten especially after the cause of the Marathi people is politicized.

Coming to the performances, Sachin Khedekar deserves the highest praise for his mind blowing performance. In the film ‘Bose-The Forgotten Hero’ he wonderfully essayed the role of Bose which I feel was much better than Amitabh’s performance in Black! After ‘Bose’, this must be one of the best performances of his career. There was not a single flaw in his acting anywhere. Watch out for the scene when he comes home drunk and where he criticizes for being a Marathi-simply incredible!

Mahesh Manjrekar shines as Shivaji! His entry takes the breath away and his dialogue-delivery was powerful and strong. But what really worked was his appearance-he looked like Shivaji completely! Although audiences may be disappointed since he doesn’t have much role in the film, he leaves a mark and creates a long lasting impact!

Makarand Anaspure as Raayba was hilarious and provided lots of laughs in the film. Suchitra Bandekar was perfect. Siddharth Jadhav as the goon Usman Pakar was terrific and was quite funny in the final scene. Priya Bapat and Abhijeet Kelkar as Dinkar’s children play their part perfectly. Ganesh Yadav was natural. Others were good.

Out of the 4 songs of the film, the song ‘O Raje’ rocked! Sung wonderfully by Sukhwinder Singh, the song was the theme of the film and was played in all important scenes. Then there’s ‘Maharajanchi Kirti Befaam’ which describes Shivaji defeating the mighty Afzal Khan. It was a unique song with fantastic lyrics.

Sanjay Pawar and Mahesh Manjrekar’s dialogues were sharp. In fact, the film succeeds due to its mighty dialogues. The film also has some great one-liners, esp the ones mouthed by Makarand Anaspure which were quite funny! Shailesh Awasthi’s cinematography was flawless. Visual effects were breathtaking and the film is technically brilliant!

Mahesh Manjrekar has written the story of the film which was very novel. Screenplay by Manjrekar and Abhijeet Deshpande was great and did total justice to the story. Santosh Manjrekar emerges as a ‘hero’ for such a wonderful direction!

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.   Ghoshalya and Dinkar meeting for the 1st time
2.   Shashikala’s audition
3.   BMC officials inspecting pipelines in Dinkar’s bungalow
4.   Dinkar criticizing great Maratha leaders (powerful scene!)
5.   Shivaji scolding Dinkar
6.   Dinkar scolding Gidwani for rejecting his daughter (best scene of the film!)
7.   All scenes of Usman
8.   The song ‘Maharajanchi Kirti Befaam’
9.   The final 20 minutes

On the whole, ‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ is surely one of the most powerful films to have come out of Marathi cinema. It teaches the great teachings of Shivaji, which we have forgotten thanks to the ‘sons of the soil’ campaign by political parties. All those staying in Maharashtra-go for it! Satisfaction is guaranteed!

My rating-**** out of 5!

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VCDS AND DVDS OF ‘MI SHIVAJI RAJE BHOSALE BOLTOY!’ LAUNCHED: https://fenilandbollywood.wordpress.com/2009/08/01/mi-shivaji-raje-bhosale-boltoy-vcdsdvds-launched/


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