Producer: Sachin Nagargoje, Hemant Bhavsar
Screenplay & Direction: Sachin Nagargoje
Dialogues: Madhugandha Kulkarni
Music: Sumit Bellari, Rohit Nagbhide
Cast: Veena Jamkar, Kashyap Parulekar, Shruti Marathe, Neena Kulkarni, Sharad Ponkshe, Ashwini Ekbote, Ambarish Deshpande, Rahul Vaidya, Neha Bam, Child Artists Madhura Nawade, Vedant Kulkarni, Prem Kulkarni.
By Sunil Nandgaonkar
Sachin Nagaroje’s Taptapadi explores the relationship of a typical Maharashtrian couple during the pre – Independence era in India. The India, that was portrayed by Rabindranath Tagore in a short story titled Drushtidaan, written by him. Fortunately, Nagaroje has been successful in bringing this story on the silver screen, in a neat and well presented manner. For a director making his debut, it is a great feat to be able to present an high-on-emotion drama so perfectly on the celluloid.
Meera (Veena Jamkar) is a young village girl from rural Maharashtra, who has been living with her aunt since her mother’s death. She forms a close bond with her cousin, Madhav (Kashyap Parulekar), who later goes on to pursue higher education in Pune. Ultimately, the two fall in love, express their emotions to each other and get married, and shift to Pune to live a better life. But their happiness is short lived, as Meera suffers a miscarriage. Worst still, their world shatters as Meera becomes permanently disabled (following a major illness). Madhav takes the onus of treating her personally, but in vain. That’s when their life changes forever, as Sunanda (Shruti Marathe) enters Madhav’s life.
Nagaroje has handled the story with maturity and has presented some hard hitting scenes in a subtle yet soulful manner. He, along with his team, has been able to present the Maharashtrian family values, culture and traditions of the 1930s and 1940s era with great authenticity. On the technical front, the camera work, music and lyrics provide a visual treat to the audience.
In the acting department, each artist has been able to portray their characters brilliantly. Veena Jamkar and Kashyap Parulekar have given an exceptional performance, adding their heart and soul to their respective characters. It is hard to believe that this is Parulekar’s debut film, as he performs with great ease. The emotional upheaval faced by the characters manages to strike a chord with the audience. The other actors, including Shruti Marathe, Neena Kulkarni among others have played their roles as per the requirement of the story. With almost everything going for it, this cinematic treat should be enjoyed by one and all.