A young and famous writer, at the release of his latest novel, sends shockwaves among his readers by announcing his retirement at the peak of his career. One of his die-hard fans, a girl, is heartbroken at this announcement and anyhow tries to find its reason in the book. The novel is actually an account of the writer’s real-life love-story that had happened in Goa. At the end, the same reader realizes that the writer has tried to fool everyone by hiding the truth.
Ajay Naik’s Marathi film Baavare Prem He shows the love-story in flashback as how a young guy, on a trip to Goa with his friends, is confronted by a local girl for his irresponsible behavior at a public place. He then realizes his mistake and soon finds himself falling for his critic, the Gaon girl, and thus it all starts.
Ajay Naik’s first film as a director, Lagn Pahave Karun, was among my favorite five Marathi films of 2013. It was realistic, youthful and entertaining. The film had good script, believable characters, and equally good performances by Siddharth Chandekar and Tejashree Pradhan, apart from its lead pair of Umesh Kamat and Mukta Barve.
Sadly, Baavare Prem He falls short of those standards; and rather than terming it as good or bad, I will best describe it as a half-baked product.
Throughout the film, it appears that the director himself wants to twist the simple and beautiful story and unnecessarily make it complex for the audience. Secondly, the film lacks the emotional connect, which is an important aspect of a romantic film. We see a couple, we are told they are in love, people around them always speak about love; but love is nowhere in the air, it’s only in words! We are served with so many love-painted slices but the fruit is sans juice and sweetness.
The writers have conveniently picked up random things to justify their vague and weak screenplay. Baavare Prem He, though, is interesting till the interval. Its good flow and realistic dialogues holds your attention in the first half. But it jumps off the track in the second part, and at a couple of points, the writers seemed to have reached a dead end and looked confused as how to move forward. Then the characters talk too much philosophy, making it a bit boring affair. Scenes like the conversation between the author and the reader was unconvincing and a little funny. The mom’s confession was also totally out of context.
It is very hard to digest that a couple, madly in love with each other, can stay apart for months without any reason. They don’t even try to meet personally at least once. What we normally see is, for a person, who is in his or her twenties and who is deeply in love, nothing in the world in more important than the lover. Now, can the distance between Pune and Goa be the only reason for keeping such a couple apart for months? They don’t even talk over phone, because we are told the girl doesn’t like using emails and WhatsApp! Okay!
Usually, a film picks up pace in the ascending order from start to end. Here, it happens otherwise. Baavare Prem He begins with a good pace but starts loosing speed as it progresses, and its slowest movement unfortunately comes during the climax.
Baavare Prem He, however, is good musically. Ajay Naik scores high points on the musical front as he carefully chooses Bollywood’s known voices to sing for this film. Actors Siddharth Chandekar and Urmila Kanetkar Kothare are brilliant as the lead pair. Vidyadhar Joshi is great in a different and convincing role. Supriya Vinod and Shantanu Gangane lend valuable support in supporting roles. The film is a one-time watch.