Producers: Riteish Deshmukh and Uttung Thakur
Director: Mahesh Limaye
Cast: Mrinal Kulkarni, Upendra Limaye, Manoj Joshi and Gauri Gadgil
By Sunil Nandgaonkar
The Marathi film Yellow deals with the problems of a special child, Gauri Gadgil, who narrates her real story on screen. Cinematographer-turned-director Mahesh Limaye has woven the struggle of Gauri and her mother Mugdha to narrate a sensitive tale. Through Gauri’s story, Limaye succeeds in telling the audience that life is full of struggles and that not only special children, but everyone must deal with difficulties with a positive attitude. The message one takes is “You can do it”.
The film revolves around Gauri, who is suffering from Down Syndrome. Worried about her future, her mother Mugdha (Mrinal Kulkarni) tries to find ways to combat the problem. On the other hand, Gauri’s father Shekhar Gadgil (Manoj Joshi) is ashamed of his daughter’s ailment. The problems coupled with the conflict of the parents of a child with special needs is shown effectively in the film.
It’s after Gauri falls into a pond and Shekhar doesn’t save his drowning daughter, Mugdha decides to separate from her husband and goes to her brother Shridhar in Pune. Shridhar, a bachelor and a believer in God, helps Mugdha and Gauri in their struggle.
Perfect dialogues in every frame makes the struggle of the mother and daughter duo very touching. Mrinal Kulkarni has done a brilliant job. She has portrayed tension, disappointment, angst, all emotions with equal ease. Gauri Gadgil has given a splendid performance while playing herself and telling her own story on screen, her first experience ever.
An established cinematographer, Mahesh Limaye has captured excellent shots especially Gauri’s swimming practice with her trainer Prataprao Sardeshmukh (Upendra Limaye) impressively. The actor too has done an excellent job as a swimming trainer. Hrishikesh Joshi as Shridhar mama is in the best ever supporting role. It is only through dialogues that the director minutely tells Shridhar’s life story. The music, camerawork and other technical things are a delight and so is the tightly written screenplay. Excellent acting, brilliant direction and beautiful dialogues make the film worth a watch. And other technical details make impressive impact and take the film on an altogether different level.