Jaundya Na Balasaheb

Marathi Film     Comedy, Political sattire,     07 Oct 2016

Jaundya Na Balasaheb Marathi Movie Review | Girish Kulkarni, Saie Tamhankar | Ajay-Atul


Star Cast : Girish Kulkarni, Sai Tamhankar, Mohan Joshi, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Reema, Manava Naik, Bhau Kadam, Srikant Yadav, Spruha Joshi, Kishore Chaugule, Savita Prabhune
Director: Girish Kulkarni
Producer :
 Ajay-Atul, Poonam Shende, Vinay Ganu, Prashant Pethe and Umesh Kulkarni.
Story & Screenplay : Girish Kulkarni
Music : Ajay-Atul
Lyrics : Ajay-Atul, Rooh
Cinematography : H.M.Ramchandra
Editor : Abhijit Deshpande
Art Director :  Amit Ghate

Like: The acting by the ensemble cast is spectacular. The dialogues are consistently hilarious. Ajay-Atul are in sublime touch.  

Dislike: The screenplay becomes implausible in the second half. The characters are mostly clichéd. The film lacks a focus in storytelling as a whole.

Rating: 2.5/5

The Review:

Story: Balasaheb is a pampered young man whose wedding was called off at the last moment due to political reasons. It has been a couple of years since that heart-breaking event but he still hasn’t gotten over it. Just drifting along with the company of his friends and the money of his corrupt and influential politician father, Balasaheb is once demanded by his father that he grows up and share some responsibility of the family. He gets upset, leaves home and ends up watching a play in Pune. That inspires him to stage a play in his own village which leads to his transformation.

Technical Aspects

    • Screenplay/Dialogues: Girish Kulkarni is one of the finest writers in the entire country and not just Maharashtra. He has given us one beautiful screenplay after another like Vihir, Masala and Deool. As a matter of fact, he has never written anything that is not impressive. And this being his directorial debut the expectations were even higher. But, rather sadly, the screenplay is shoddy. It is full of stock characters. The second half has so many logical gaps that you can’t believe that the script is written by Girish.

      However, the film has consistently humourous dialogues which are a relief. There are quite a few genuinely funny scenes.

    • Direction: This would serve to be a good example of how a good director is crucial to a film turning out to be convincing as a whole. Girish has partnered with other directors for his screenplay and this is the first time that he has tried his hand at direction. The focus and harmony that a skillful director gets into a film makes it what it is. Here the film is a bit muddled due to the loose direction.
    • Cinematography: HM Ramchandra’s camerawork is nothing to take special notice of.
    • Editing: The first half could have been a bit more sharply edited. It could have made it more crisp.
    •  Music and Lyrics: Ajay-Atul are in sublime touch here. The album has a varied variety of songs to satisfy everyone’s taste. It is a good display of the versatility of Ajay-Atul. Though Bring It On Baby is ruling the charts, the soulful Vaat Disude has to be the pick of the lot.
    •  Star Performances:  The biggest plus of the film has to be the consistently strong performances by the ensemble cast. In Ugly, Girish Kulkarni had shown what he is capable of to the entire country. He lives up to his reputation here as well. All the other actors also do justice to their parts though they might not be written verywell. Reema Lagoo and Mohan Joshi are criminally underused, though.