Movie Review: Dombivli Return
Producer- Sandeep Kulkarni
Star Cast- Sandeep Kulkarni, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Siya Patil, Trikrishna Shinde and Hrishikesh Joshi
Emotional & Realistic!
The film which has taken a long time in the making revolves around a common man, Anant Velankar (Sandeep Kulkarni), and his happy nuclear family, consisting of his devoted housewife Ujjwala (Rajeshwari Sachdev) and daughter Antara (Trikrishna Shinde) and brother Shridhar (Amol Parashar). A middle-class government employee working in South Mumbai, he spends most of his time travelling from his home in Dombivli to CST, to and fro through Mumbai’s lifeline – the local trains. The routine goes on as a mechanism when all of a sudden, a sudden incident changes things helter skelter in his life, when he is poised to question to himself whether material riches are better than his personal relationships as a family man.
Both Sandeep Kulkarni and Rajeshwari Sachdev excel in their respective roles and rise above the script to the maximum level with their realistic performances. While the acting and the twists in the plot keep you engaged in the first half , unfortunately the second half slackens and loses its pace and gets a bit confusing as it starts meandering at many levels, especially with the incorporation of an item number in a ship as well as the steamy seductive scene between the sultry Mrs Dixit (Siya Patil) and Anant Velankar. The story in the second half loses the crescendo created in the first half in spite of interesting climax.
Though the first installment in the series, Dombivli Fast, lived up to its title and used Dombivli as a definite character in flesh and blood in the story, the second installment, Dombivli Return, only sets out to use it merely as a connection and looks too forced to retain the name of the second installment. To some extent, this film seems to be a hangover of the earlier film in the sense both revolve around a middle class guy in Dombivli who does not succumb to corruption in the beginning.
Music by Shailendra Barve is very soothing as well as catchy, while Udaysingh Mohite’s photography is splendid. Debutant director Mahendra Teredesai deserves a pat on his back for tackling an emotional and realistic film on relationship which has several complex layers.
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