Producers : Puja Jyoti and Urmila Jyoti
Screenplay & Direction : Gajendra Ahirey
Music : Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar
Cast : Makrand Anaspure, Adinath Kothare, Urmila Kanetkar Kothare, Kishore Kadam, Vibhavari Deshpande, Bhargavi Chirmuley
By Sunil Nandgaonkar
The concept of psycho-thriller is rarely seen in Marathi films these days. Anvatt is one of its kind in this genre and the film is entertaining. Audiences do get attracted towards supernatural things even though there is a fear that it will haunt them. Though Anvatt is a horror-thriller, it differs from that of the Ramsay genre in treatment, keeping the entertaining element alive.
The story revolves around Madhura and Vinay, a newly-married couple. Vinay is a doctor and Madhura is an archaeologist by profession. Vinay is transferred to a remote village in Konkan which is nature’s bliss. He starts practising at a local public hospital and Madhura is attracted to the nature’s beauty. She spends her time clicking pictures of various places in the beautiful village. Few days later, after having settled in the traditional purani haveli, Madhura starts feeling the presence of someone around her. She starts getting stalked and is haunted by the weird kind of feelings. Byjama, a middle-aged lady who is a cook at the haveli, tries to narrate spooky stories surrounding the house but Vinay does not believe in supernatural elements. Even Madhura tries to tell him about the physical experiences of a ghost around her but he refuses to believe.
Using 4 K technology, director Gajendra Ahirey has shot this film on beautiful locations thus giving a visual treat to audiences. Anvatt means unexpected things, that keeps happening in this intense suspense thriller, bringing the haunted feeling with a strong and appropriate background score along with brilliant sound design which are the important elements in this film.
This is Urmila Kanetkar Kothare and Adinath Kothare’s first film after their marriage to each other in real life. As Madhura and Dr. Vinay, they have done a good job. The surprise packet however is the character of Mr. Kamath, which is played by Makrand Anaspure. It is probably for the first time that Makrand is doing a very different kind of a role and he has given his best- ever performance in the film.
As for Ahirey, this is also the first time that he has experimented with the genre of psycho-thriller and has succeeded to a great extent. He has woven the story in a logical way. Due to the excellent background score and wonderful performances, the audiences are sure to enjoy this thriller. The two memorable old Marathi songs bring in a nostalgic feel and since it has been shot on exotic locations, it is a visual treat. Full marks to excellent camera work by Krishna Soren and sound design by Vijay Bhope. All in all, a must-watch for all Gajendra Ahirey fans.