As 2014 comes to an end, we look back at over 80 Marathi films that released during the year and, list some of the films, which failed miserably in terms of content.
(5) Baavare Prem He
Ajay Naik’s first film as a director, Lagn Pahave Karun, was among my favorite Marathi films of 2013. Sadly, Baavare Prem He fell short of those standards.
Throughout the film, it appeared that the director himself wanted to twist the simple and beautiful story and make it unnecessarily complex. Secondly, the film lacked the emotional connect, which is an important aspect of a romantic film.
The writers conveniently picked up random things to justify their vague and weak screenplay. In the second part, the film jumped off the track 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 talked too much philosophy, making it a bit boring affair.
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. They don’t talk over phone, because we are told the girl doesn’t like using emails and WhatsApp! Usually, a film picks up pace in ascending order from start to end. Here, it happened otherwise. Baavare Prem He began with a good pace but started losing speed as it progressed, and its slowest movement unfortunately came during the climax.
(4) Pyar Vali Love Story
Continuing with the Duniyadari hangover, Sanjay Jadhav played mostly the same cards in Pyaar Vali Love Story by repeating lead pair of stars, employing an impressive team for music, and working a little more on promotion and distribution. He also made sure he kept the date with a Shahrukh Khan film. But, sadly, the filmmaker this time faltered with the story. The writers probably had a strong but unnecessary affection for tragic tales and therefore they developed (spoiled will be the more accurate term) the story this way.
The screenplay post-interval was too sloppy. The climax was too dramatic and unnecessarily grim while the film deserved a better ending. The film appeared to have ignored its own tagline that reads ‘world will look beautiful if you fall in love’.
Pyaar Vali Love Story fell short of expectations. Sanjay Jadhav is a good director and a better planner. Let’s hope he will come up with a better film next time. SanjayDa, “Arey aao naa phir” is okay, but “Aap hi aisaa karoge toh aayega kaun?” We expect that the process of dreaming twenty-four seven will yield some better results.
(3) Bhakarkhadi 7 KM
Umesh Namjoshi’s Bhakarkhadi 7 KM had a good concept, which could have been utilized to show both brighter and darker sides of the medical profession. But, sadly, the subject was handled very amateurishly and a good plot was wasted, probably in the overconfidence of doing something very extraordinary. Namjoshi had a good intention at heart but that is not enough to make a good film. The film suffered from poor scriptwriting, weak direction and unimpressive acting performances. It had half-heartedly written characters and boring dialogues.
(2) Aandhli Koshimbir
I think this was the most boring film of 2014. Aandhali Koshimbir was supposed to be a comedy film. In fact, the film pretended to be a laugh riot. The reality was very horrifying. The director would have definitely thought of making a classic, but unfortunately he has ended up making a very boring and hopeless film.
The basic reason that this so-called comedy film lacked humor was its lifeless and boring dialogues. Even some of the TV shows have more interesting scripts than this one. The makers should have at least invented a way to tell audiences when to laugh. There was nothing impressive in Aandhali Koshimbir as it suffered from poor script and average camerawork, editing and background score.
It was surprising to see Mrunmayee Deshpande playing such a meaningless role. Ashok Saraf and Vandana Gupte were too loud in their respective roles. The gestures, voice tones and whatever Anand Ingle and Hemant Dhome did in the name of acting was very irritating. And when Anand Ingle performs like this, it will be kind of atrocity to expect something good from Aniket Vishwasrao.
(1) Lai Bhaari
Lai Bhaari surely deserves to be termed as the worst film of the year because it was high on budget, resources and marketing, but it delivered the least. The film not only serves stale content but also tries to fool the audience.
Nishikant Kamat’s first film Dombivli Fast was one of the best Marathi films, which motivated a new generation of filmmakers to experiment with newer subjects and infuse a new life into Marathi cinema. However, while watching the 158-minute-long Lai Bhaari, anyone could ask as what happened to Mr Nishikant Kamat?
Lai Bhaari was a desperate and totally artificial attempt to cash in on formula films. The film took the audience for granted for over two and half hours and didn’t even try to hide its mistakes and limitations. We were shown recaps of earlier happenings again and again, as if we, the audiences, were like Ghajini’s Aamir Khan, who forgets all after every few minutes!
When Riteish Deshmukh had announced his debut Marathi film, we thought he would certainly do something good, at least to erase the sins that he has committed by doing Sajid Khan films. But alas! From whatever stale and outdated he offered in Lai Bhaari, it appeared he too is creatively bankrupt!
(This assessment has been made on the basis of the films personally watched and reviewed by the Columnist. It has nothing to do with the film’s box office performance or it’s appreciation at national or international film festivals.)