filled 'Kutumb' turns a family entertainer
Our Administrators say that the country is showing growth. Now, whose
growth they are describing, that only our Prime Minister can explain.
70% of India's population live in villages. They are either involved in
farming or are doing labour work. Very few are self employed. Anyone who
has struggled with poverty, knows how extremely expensive it is to get
medical treatment, while suffering from serious ailment. Mahesh
Manjrekar's latest film 'Kutumb' revolves around one such family from a
village Bhor in Satara district.
Namdeo and Ganga Solkar (Jitendra Joshi and Veena Jamkar) are happily
married husband and wife with two school going children Laxmi (Gauri Engawale) and Subhan (Mihir Soni). Namdeo works as a Gardner in a
bungalow in a nearby town and also does odd jobs to meet the demands of
his children; be it a Pen drive of PC for his daughter or a Bicycle for
his son. He wants to see them happy. But, when the back problem of his
wife worsens and she is advised to undergo immediate operation, then
comes the real test for him to raise money. Family neighborhood friend
and School bus operator Magic Mamu (Siddharth Jadhav) and his wife Saira
(Manasi Naik) come to their rescue; but, that's not enough. Namdeo has
to borrow additional money from the Moneylender on interest.
While Ganga is hospitalized, the children live with Magic Mamu and they raise
money by performing dance at a local show in a nearby town and win a prize. But,
Namdeo does not approve the idea. He beats up his children and insults Magic
Mamu for encouraging his children into such an act, which relates to his past
life. When Namdeo himself has to undergo a major operation, the children have no
other option, but to take part in a dance reality show, with the help of Mamu
Magic and his wife, to win a big cash award. With ups and downs in the life of
Solkars, finally it is happy end.
. by Ulhas Shirke © MMW
Director Sudesh Manjrekar does a good job to expand what 'De Dhakka' had left
behind. With Mahesh Manjrekar himself being in charge of story and screenplay,
the film has successfully converted an emotion filled script into a family
entertainer. Iranian film director Majid Majidi seems to have left a strong
influence on the director, while describing the village life and struggle of the
poor family to meet hospitalization expenses. Looking at the demand for dance
reality shows in our state and the talent displayed by kids , the link has been
cleverly knitted with the children's concern about the health condition of their
parents and raising the money for the same.
All the characters have been cleverly placed in the screenplay. Jitendra Joshi
bears a realistic look of a hardworking Namdeo. He has worked very hard through
his body language. As Ganga, Veena Jamkar is a perfect choice and is very
impressive in that role. Both the children have been chosen for their dancing
skills required by their characters; but, they have performed very well in many
emotion filled sequences too. As Magic Mamu, Siddharth Jadhav impresses, while
Manasi Naik gets her dues after a long time, to perform an emotion filled role.
Among the other character artistes, Viabhav Mangale as cunning moneylender and
Bhalchandra kadam as a comedian have done well. There is not much to do for
Music direction team of Ajit Parab, Sameer Mhatre and Abhijeet Kawthalkar, as
most of the songs are record dances on original popular songs like, 'Kombadi, '
Baygo baygo' and others.
Photography by Ajith Reddy is good, capturing the real beauty of a picturesque
village. Some of the dialogues are timely. There are many predictable happenings
in the film, with screenplay giving a hint of the same on many occasions. But,
the presentation of the same makes a big difference to make it entertaining.