Marathi film Vanshvel is the story of a rich and famed personality named Dadasaheb Deshmukh, who has an obedient family, including two sons. Owner of a huge private hospital, Dadasaheb is autocratic in behavior and loves to rule and manipulate people around him, to the extent to decide as who will take birth in his family and who will not. The film focuses on female foeticide – the stark reality that prevails uncontrollably in our society at all levels.
Vanshvel could have been a boring film because it conveys a social message, which we Indians have never bothered to look at it seriously. But Rajeev Patil, as the director and co-writer, handles the subject with his own expertise and makes the film watchable and entertaining; for those who love to watch movies and those who love to watch daily tele-soaps as well.
Vanshvel moves ahead at a constant speed with the first half packed with intense drama and conflicts. The film has well-defined characters and Datta Patil’s dialogues help them emerge more realistic. Camerawork by Amalendu Chaudhary and music by Amit Raj are another highlights.
Actors have tendency to excel when directors like Rajeev Patil are at the helm of affairs. In Vanshvel, Sushant Shelar gets a very interesting role and he gives in an equally impressive performance. Kishor Kadam too stands out as he always does. Shantanu Gangane is noticeable as the younger brother. Ankush Chaudhari is stylish and smart as a cop. Manisha Kelkar, Namrata Gaikwad, and Vidya Karanjikar are also good in their respective roles.
The writers, however, loose grip during the last half an hour and therefore Vanshvel becomes a bit weak and predictable in the end. The film could also have been of shorter length if unwanted subplots like the one of a ghost had been avoided. But despite these flaws, Vanshvel is a good film.
Whatever genre Rajeev Patil played with as a writer-director; he kept society, its people and their limitations at the center-stage, and used cinema as an effective medium to help us grow as sensible people. This will be the primary reason the talented filmmaker will be missed by Marathi cinema for decades to come.