Review: Watching Sangharsh is a tiresome fight

Posted on Feb 10 2014 - 6:16am by Shailesh Narwade

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The makers of Marathi film Sangharsh have undeniably spent money on making, marketing and exhibiting the film. Sangharsh has been visible in print and electronic media since the beginning and they claimed the film released in 250 plus screens in Maharashtra. The production budget too had probably been of considerable size as they roped in singers, musicians, choreographers and action directors from Bollywood. But, while doing all these things, the makers of Sangharsh seems to have ignored an important aspect – the content!

When they have spent so much on so many things, they could have easily hired a good writer and worked on a sensible story. Sadly, it didn’t happen, and we are served with a film, which itself is a big challenge to watch out for.

We audiences have watched such stories so many times that most of us would have now become experts in even writing them. A small society of poor but principled people, the teary-eyed girlfriends and sisters, who are always targets of monster-like villains; ailing moms and aunties, and all the villains arranging a big meeting of drug-smugglers with a typical item number; Sangharsh has all of such things.

The film has a hopeless story, a very slow screenplay with a number of over-stretched scenes, and boring dialogues. The film also suffers from bad direction, despite having a principal and an executive director!

There are a few countable things that score positive marks in Sangharsh. Watching the sizzling Sara Shravan dancing on the item number is on top of the list, which also includes a few good action sequences and some fine intercuts made by the editor in an effort to inject some pace.

Talking about the acting performances, Rajesh Shringarpure and Sushant Shelar have tried to shoulder the maximum responsibility but have succeeded partly due to sluggish characterizations. While only Prajakta Mali is bearable among leading girls. Arun Nalawade and Vilas Ujawane okay whereas Sulabha Arya, Amita Khopkar and Mohan Joshi are good in the small roles.

Before the interval, Rajesh Shringarpure’s character tells his friends that instead of feeling dejected, one should put up a brave face and face the adverse situations. I thought as if he was saying this to motivate me when I was struggling to sit for the long 140 minutes to watch Sangharsh.