09 Dec 2016
Nagpur Adhiveshan Movie Review | Makarand Anaspure, Bharat Ganeshpure, Ajinkya Deo
- Producer : Anil Keshavrao, Jalamkar Yayati Naik
- Director : Nilesh Raosaheb Jalamkar
- Studio : Vidarbha Pictures
- Star Cast :
- Makrand Anaspure
- Ajinkya Deo
- Mohan Joshi
- Bharat Ganeshpure
- Vinit Bonde
- Chetan Dalvi
- Amol Tale
- Deepali Jagtap
- Sneha Chavan
- Story : Nilesh Raosaheb Jalamkar
- Screenplay & Dilogues : Manouj Kadaamh
- Music : Amit Tale
- Lyrics : Aanand Khelkar, Nilesh Jalamkar, Amol Tale
- Sound : Dinesh Uchshil, Shantanu, Aakerkar
- Cinematography (DOP) : Chandrkant Meher
- Art Director : Arjun Rathod
- Editor : Dinesh Mengade
- Choreography : Rahim Sheikh, Sudhir Kambale
- Costume Designer : Sandip Joshi
- Makeup : Nishikant Ujawane
Story: Anshul is newly transferred to the orange city – Nagpur. He works in the agricultural department and is finding it difficult to adjust to his new surroundings. He asks to get transferred back to Mumbai and is ready to grease a few palms for that. The politician played by Ajinkya Deo and Salunkhe (Makarand Anaspure) also have their own troubles which they help to solve by meeting the ministers present in the city during the winter session of the assembly. But would the wishes of all of these characters get fulfilled?
Like: The basic premise of the film is laudable. There have been few films based out of Nagpur and even fewer which are set around the winter session of the State Assembly that happens there every year. So the setting is refreshing. Bharat Ganeshpure and Makarand Anaspure bring out a few laughs.
Dislike: The screenplay is a mess. It is quite ambitious in its scope as it tries to sew together various tracks with the Winter session, but in that process it loses focus. The direction is also quite poor.
Screenplay: The script cannot be held faulty for lack of ambition. The idea here is to have a more than a couple of tracks and link all of them to the winter session of the Maharashtra State Assembly that happens in Nagpur in December every year. The problem is not even with the link each of the tracks have with the session. All of the links are quite convicning and not at all contrived. But the tracks themselves are all undercooked. And the screenplay is not clear about who is the protagonist. The film starts with Anshul narrating the story and we are made to believe that it is indeed his own story. But then the film suddenly shifts to a different track. All this makes the narrative quite muddled.
Also, none of the characters apart from Makarand Anasupre’s Salunkhe are fully developed. So we care neither about the plot nor about the characters for the most part.
Direction: Though the screenplay is messy, a better hand at direction would have made the film lot more watchable. But the direction is a big let down. The film never tries to rise above the script. The staging of scenes is so poor for the most part that even very capable actors like Mohan Joshi and Makarand Anaspure fail to have any inpact. The director lacks imagination and that hurts the film.
Star Performances: Makarand Anaspure and Bharat Ganeshpure’s hilarious act salvages the film. The two are given maximum screen time and their performance is probably the the main reason people won’t walk out of the film. But, Mohan Joshi hams in his role of the officer with a feminine touch. Sankarshan Karhade is impressive as the Mumbai boy slowly trying to come to terms with the people, weather and food of Nagpur. Ajinkya Deo is also mostly believable in his role of the wily politician.
Camerawork: The cinematography is ordinary and adds nothing to the film.
Editing: There is certainly a problem with the pacing of the film in the first half. For a long time the film goes nowhere.
Overall: Nagpur Adhiveshan – Ek Sahal is another Marathi film that has a good subject and the right intentions, but the execution is haywire. The screenplay is muddled and the direction lacks imagination. The performances of Makarand Anaspure and Bharat Ganeshpure make the proceedings just about watchable.