21 Oct 2016
Jalsa Marathi Movie Review | Bharat Ganeshpure, Sagar Karande, Abhijeet Chavan, Manasi Naik
Star Cast : Bharat Ganeshpure, Sagar Karande, Abhijeet Chavan, Arun Kadam, Nikhil Wairagar, Ashutosh S Raaj, Girija Joshi
Director: Ashutosh S. Raaj
Producer : Ashutosh Raaj
Story & Screenplay: Abhiram Bhadkamkar
Music: Samir Saptiskar
Lyrics: Ashutosh S Raaj
Cinematography: Vijay Mishra
Editor: Sherwin Bernard
Art Director : Vaibhav Shirolkar
Like: Bharat Ganeshpure and Sagar Karande give credible performances.
Dislike: You don’t get the point of the film being made in the first place. Bad doesn’t even begin to describe it. You are made to wonder how the film released in the first place.
Story: Amar and Prem – two loafers go to a village in Maharashtra where Amar’s uncle Bhaiya Saheb lives. Bhaiya Saheb loves to play female roles and is popular for it in his village. He even runs a theatre company consisting of actors who are plain pathetic. For some inexplicable reason Amar and Prem, decide to stage a classic play like Ekach Pyala in the village with the help of Bhaiya Saheb and his troupe. The rest of the film is about how the two friends go about staging the play.
- Screenplay/Dialogues: The film despite being agonizingly long at 150 minutes, the screenplay would be wafter thin. One wonders who thought of putting money behind such a ludicrous screenplay. Cliches are something which are passable, but the script here just doesn’t make sense apart from being riddled with cliches. There doesn’t seem to be even a small effort in making things believable. The humour is flat and the film is unintentionally funny at times.
- Direction: The staging of the scenes is so amateurish that again you are left wondering what gave the director confidence to embark on this venture. Nearly all scenes are theatrical and the film looks like a recorded play most of the times.
- Cinematography: The camerawork is as ordinary as rest of the film.
- Editing: At 150 minutes the film tests your nerves to the limits! The editor has done a very sloppy job and the film feels at least 30-40 minutes too long. Some conversation scenes are sloppily edited.
- Music and Lyrics: ‘Bai Wadyavar Ya’ is a hit and one of the plusses of the film.
- Star Performances: Bharat Ganeshpure and his co-star from the hit reality TV show Chala Hawa Yeu Dya tries their very best. As a matter of fact it is only their scenes that are watchable. The other actors are very very poor. Arun Kadam is over the top as drunkard, and unfortunately for us he gets the maximum screentime.
Final Verdict: Jalsa just might be the most pointless Marathi film that has released this year. It’s attempt at being funny get on your nerves. It is poorly scripted, amateurishly directed and bad performed. The length of 150 minutes is the final nail in the coffin for the film.