07 Oct 2016
Family Katta Marathi Movie Review | Vandana Gupte, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Sai Tamhankar | Chandrakant Kulkarni
Star Cast : Vandana Gupte, Sai Tamhankar, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Kiran Karmarkar, Prateeksha Lonkar, Gauri Nalawade, Alok Rajwade, Sachin Deshpande, Sulekha Talwalkar, Sanjay Khapre
Director: Chandrakant Kulkarni
Producer : Vandana Gupte
Story & Screenplay : Prashant Dalvi
Music : Mangesh Dhakade
Lyrics : Dasoo
Cinematography : Mahesh Limaye
Editor : Jayant Jathar
Art Director : Siddharth Tatooskar
Action : Prashant Naik
Like: The fairly big cast consisting of young and veteran actors does justice to their roles. The acting is the biggest plus of the film. The plot is fairly engaging.
Dislike: The film doesn’t bring anything new to the plate. Some of the characters are quite clichéd.
Story: Madhukar and Malati Sabnis plan to mend the fissure between their now grown up children on the eve of their 50th birthday celebration. Of the four of their kids, three are married and stay separately with their own family. Neither of these three get along each other. The fourth kid has been banished by the family as she ran away with her lover in college days. Mr and Mrs Sabnis hope to resolve the differences between them by inviting all of them over to their house on their 50th wedding anniversary. As the whole sabnis clan drive down to their ancestral home, the plan of the grandparents seems to be working in the beginning, but things become worse quite soon.
- Screenplay/Dialogues: The film is based on a play written by the same writer Prashant Dalvi. Though the two mediums of cinema and theatre might seem to be very similar, there is a marked difference between the two. Adapting a screenplay for the stage to a film is a crucial job and Prashant is up to the task. Though the setting is very much theatrical, the film doesn’t come across as such. The characters are all given equal weight, though few of them are stereotypes. There are a few questionable developments in the second half that drag down the film a bit. But the climax again brings the film back into track.
- Direction: Chandrakant Kulkarni is a veteran theatre director and such family dramas are something in which he flourishes. After a detour into political dramas that didn’t taste much success he is back to making films about complex human relationships. It is to his credit that the film doesn’t come across as theatrical despite the setting being suited to stage. He extracts convincing performances from the whole of his cast.
- Cinematography: The cameraman Mahesh Limaye is skillful enough to shoot a film shot almost entirely indoors and not make it look like a daily soap. It is his contribution as well that doesn’t give the film a theatrical look.
- Music and Lyrics: Music doesn’t play a major role in the film.
- Star Performances: Vandana Gupte who is also the producer of the film has probably given the finest performance of her film career here. Dilip Prabhavalkar is very dependable as usual. Even the younger actors like the promising Alok Rajwade makes an impression. The impressive acting across the board is the biggest plus of the film.
Final Verdict: Chandrakant Kulkarni’s film adaptation of a play is a successful one. The jump from theatre to film is smooth. The film doesn’t come across as theatrical. The fine performances by the whole cast is what keeps you engaged as the screenplay becomes a bit susceptible in the second half.