April 22, 2011 5:56:33 pm
Shridhar is a clerk at the gram panchayat office in his village in Konkan. He has to go to Mumbai regularly on official trips. He lives a hand-to-mouth existence and his children go to the local school. Shridhars wife and mother toil around the house. Once when he is supposed to go to Mumbai,his boss asks him to take his family along. His 10-year old son Omkar is quite excited and informs all his friends as he is the first child from the village to visit Mumbai which they have seen only in their dreams. Once in Mumbai,however,Omkar is not allowed to do what he wants. He wants to watch a film in the multiplex but Shridhar cannot afford the expensive tickets. He wants to buy a toy from the shopping-mall but his father drags him away from the store. Both he and his sister like some clothes but they are too expensive. When they pass a five-star hotel,Omkar insists on going inside and staying there. But this time too his father tells him that he cannot afford it. A livid Omkar asks his father angrily why he does not have sufficient money and is slapped by his mother.
Back in the village,Shridhar asks Omkar what he would do to please his family. The boy replies that he is too young to do anything. Finally his father asks him,Will you stand first in your class? What if I do, replies the boy,and his father promises him a stay in that same five-star hotel that he had seen in Mumbai. After that,Omkar transforms completely. He forsakes his friends and is always immersed in his studies and books to such an extent that his father begins to worry. Soon the father starts collecting money to fulfill his promise. Both father and son try to win the bet.
Sachin Khedekar,as Shridhar,is very convincing as the helpless father out to please his son. His clothes,his body language and his dialect make him a true villager. The scene where he pleads with God that since he doesnt have enough money to fulfill his sons wish,Omkar should get second rank instead and stand first later is quite touching as well as funny. Omkar,played by debutant Ishaan Tambe,is marvellous as a boy out to prove his father wrong and is adamant to get his wish fulfilled. He is quite convincing in his role. Ashwini Giri,as Shridhars wife,looks the part of a villager wife who understands his problems and stands by his side. The daughter,debutant Asmita Joglekar,is also good and so is Shubhangi Joshi as her grandmother,who is sentimental about a boat left by her late husband years ago. Kishore Kadam,in a brief role of an LIC agent,is also very impressive.The camerawork by Sudhir Palsane is excellent as he has captured the greenery and the scenic village beautifully. Nandu Ghanekar,who makes his debut in Marathi,has given some good music for lyrics penned by Ratnakar Matkari and Vijay Tapas. Kiran Yadnyopavit makes his entry into Marathi films with Taryanche Bait and he has done a wonderful job as the director. With this film,Ekta Kapoor of Motion Pictures forays into Marathi cinema and we hope she continues to make many more such films.
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Three stars: One each for Sachin Khedekars and Ishaan Tambes brilliant performances and for the overall film.
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