A young guy from Maharashtra accepts a challenge and opens a restaurant in Bhatinda that very soon becomes everyone’s favorite. Then one day he sees a beautiful Punjabi kudi and falls in love. Despite her repeated refusals, he decides not to give up till he wins her heart. Avdhoot Gupte’s Jai Maharashtra Dhaba Bhatinda also has the twists and turns that keep the audiences waiting for answers.
After Zenda and Moraya, Gupte didn’t want to court another controversy so this time he comes up with a love-story with a message promoting cross-cultural harmony. And from the day the filmmaker had announced Jai Maharashtra Dhaba Bhatinda, the title kept us expecting a crispy and delicious offering. Sadly, the film doesn’t turn out to be Gupte’s best work.
Jai Maharashtra Dhaba Bhatinda’s major flaw is its tiresome screenplay and amateurish dialogues. The makers no doubt had a very good concept but they have failed to develop an interesting story out of it. The hero says he has won the hearts of Bhatinda people and has become one of them, although he has not been shown sharing any relations or friendship with the local people. He is in Punjab to prove his entrepreneurial skills however we don’t get a glimpse of one.
The writers wasted time in creating unnecessary scenes to generate more and more confusion about the lead pair. And whenever they met a block, it seems, they brought forward the hero’s competitor to threaten and beat him up.
Abhijit Khandkekar looks confident and refreshing. He could have done better had the script been more interesting. Prarthana Behere tries to do justice to Jasvinder as she gets to play a confused and poorly-written role. Rahul Jadhav’s camera work puts some life into the film.
The best thing about Jai Maharashtra Dhaba Bhatinda is Guru Thakur’s lyrics and Nilesh Moharir’s compositions that save the film to some extent. They both have done a brilliant job. Moharir’s attempt to create a fusion of Marathi and Punjabi music is worth mentioning here.
The film answers all the questions in the last 15 minutes. Here the chef (director) chooses to reserve his master tadka for the climax, but by that time the interest in the final dish is lost. Jai Maharashtra Dhaba Bhatinda has a good menu, but it lacks the heart-winning taste. While Zenda fans will be disappointed, the daily-soap lovers will surely like this one. Of course, the film can be watched for the sole reason that it never bores you.