Gajendra Ahire’s latest Marathi film Postcard tells the story of a humble postman, who is transferred to different towns and cities, where he sometimes encounters strange people and strange incidents. The happenings, which he experiences while performing his duty, gradually start leaving long-lasting impressions on his mind and subsequently on his life too.
Postcard is basically a collection of three stories, or we can say a collection of three paintings. And the painter in Ahire has tried to create a collage of the three paintings by keeping two dots in common – one the postman and his family, and second the mask. The paintings though look abstract from some angles; they are highly artistic and philosophical. But, sadly, all of them have only grief!
Postcard takes you to another world, where faces and places might look familiar but events are surely not. The film has some really interesting characters – like the old and helpless man seeking money-order from the God, an Army-man trying to convey a message to his daughter decades after his accidental death, and a beautiful young courtesan spending day and night waiting for her lover. And, in his trademark style, Ahire makes all these characters believable by going down deeply into their emotions and not leaving you unless you too feel those emotions with equal intensity.
Ahire always gets half of the job done just by casting good actors. Postcard is no exception as the film has battery of talented actors like Dilip Prabhawalkar, Girish Kulkarni, Sai Tamhankar, Vaibhav Mangle, Kishor Kadam, Vibhawari Deshpande, Radhika Apte and Subodh Bhave among others. It will be injustice to others if any one or two of them are singled out for best performances as all of them have acted flawlessly.
A few of the scenes – Bhikaji, tired of cutting woods, puts the axe down and runs to hold the mask to his chest; Jaya looks with teary eyes as her husband reads Bhikaji’s letter accusing him of stealing part of money-order; when Army-man James Kamble cries at the school’s gate holding two ice-golas in his hands; Lisa Kamble’s outburst after knowing of her dad’s death; Gulzar staring at the postman realizing that all men have one demand; and also when she stands like a stone under a tree when the postman calls her name and then leaves immediately – stay with you for longer time.
Yogesh Rajguru’s camera, Gandhar Sangoram’s compositions and Chaitanya Aadkar’s background score add to the film’s artistic experience. The restricted number of songs sounded pleasant in the melodious and familiar voices of Hariharan and Kavita Krishnamurthy.
Wearing multiple caps of that of the writer, lyricist and director; Gajendra Ahire has once again tried his best to create a sensitive and thought-provoking work in the form of Postcard, which is certainly worth watching.