Presenter: Eros Intertainments
Producer: Everest Entertainmets, Ashwimi Films
Director: Santosh Majrekar
Story: Mahesh Manjrekar
Cast: Mahesh Majrekar, Sachin Khedekar, Suchitra Bandekar, Siddarth Jadhav, Makarand Anaspure, Priya Bapat, Abhijeet Kelkar
Movie Review by: Kashmira Pawaskar
We have seen many movies and serials on one of the greatest Kings of all times – The Great Shivaji, but this movie has presented this great King in a way never before. “Himmat asel tar adva” means “Stop me if you can’’ was a thrilling dialogue which made the whole movie revolve around. This movie is on the lines of a simple man of India and filters it to our Maharashtra – Marathi Manoos and his struggle and his inferiority complex.
Story is about a Marathi family, whose head, Dinkar Bhosale played by Sachin Khedkar is drained of his tedious life & “ghati” treatment by others. The movie then takes a turn around & that particular person fights the problems he faces with rational & very possible approaches with the help of Shivaji Maharaj. The film is having a very long canvas which revolves from the 16th century to the 21st century and that includes the current day scenario. It has a good culmination of Shivaji Maharaj’s history with present circumstances.
The movie is about self respect and respect of your community, culture, ethics, religion, caste,secular characteristic of the nation, bonding with your soil, love for your motherland and much more. It well enacted within a tight gripping script depicting anxiety within each Mumbaikar. The film has great message and it’s to the point and has been executed with great maturity. The issues of throughway people getting jobs, hotel business dominated by Punjabis and south Indians, government jobs by north Indians Real estate by Marwaris, Stock markets by Gujratis etc are handled perfectly well.
There are so many punching lines and effortless scenes that it shall raise blood in your viens. Also to mention dialogues got a round of applause from the audience many a times. Sachin Khedkar gave a breathtaking scene when he gets very frustrated by the scenario around him. It’s his chimera that he is speaking to the great Marathas of all time, Babashaheb Ambedkar, Mahatma Phule, Veer Savrkar, Tilak etc.
All characters have played their role with full justice & the movie also has a strong story line. The best performance in this larger than life character is of Mahesh Manjrekar playing the role of Shivaji Maharaj. The dialogue delivery by Sachin
Khedekar playing the protagonist and Mahesh Manjrekar is so great that it keeps fully involved till the very end.
The story becomes somewhat predictable after the entry of Shivaji Maharaj and it might give an notion of Lage Raho Munna bhai, where in our Munna meets the Mahatma and that Mahatma guides him through. It’s on the same line but with a different view. The script is sharper and it carries a great balance and entertainment till the very end.
The ‘Powada’,Maharastra’s one of the traditional song which is happening to be cost around one crore.This song is played just before the climax to inspired the protagonist when he is tend to accept defeat infront before fighting.One cant forget the ‘Ji Ji’ song sunged by Sukwinder Singh creating an great impact throughout the movie.The cinematography is superb and the fort scenes with taken with full compassion. The best part in the movie is no doubt the screenplay.
Can say a very excellent & strong message conveying Marathi movie after a long time. Must Watch….!