Movie Review: Mauli (Marathi)
Producers- Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia Deshmukh
Director- Aditya Sarpotdar
Star Cast- Riteish Deshmukh, Saiyami Kher, Jitendra Joshi, Siddharth Jadhav
You have seen movies like Mauli over hundred times earlier whether in Hindi, Marathi or for that matter Tamil and Telugu. We’ve had our own fill of fearless yet tied to the corrupted system cops like Mauli Sarjerao Deshmukh (Riteish Deshmukh) beating multiple goons with a brick tightly tied in a cloth.There is this beautiful gaon ki gori , a spice-seller in Renuka (Saiyami Kher), who easily gets annoyed whenever she sees some one doing wrong in the village. We’ve also got a local goon in Nana Londhe (Jitendra Joshi), who has every illegal activity in the village including illicit liquor and water mafia controlled trucks.
I should confess that Riteish Deshmukh is really fabulous and succeeds in presenting two shades of his with aplomb– one of a notorious, strong man and the other of a helpless, weak one. As per the requirement of the role, Riteish is very good in the former and very childlike and a cad in the latter, though I should say that he has a big hangover of his earlier film Lai Bhari and has tried to make this almost its not-so-good sequel. Saiyyami Kher as Renuka who secretly pines for Sarjerao delivers a beautiful performance and also looks alluring but unfortunately for her, she just has a fleeting role and has a very limited scope. While Siddharth Jadhav is a pleasure to watch, Jitendra Joshi plays the antagonist quiet well, though at times he tends to be loud
Whuile Ajay-Atul deliver fabulous music, no song lingers in your mind after the film is over, It looks like the brief given to Aditya Sarpotdar by producer Riteish Deshmukh was to deliver a massy entertainer where logic takes a backseat automatically. Though the movie falls flat at the script level, Aditya Sarpotdar, as the director manages to hold his fort. The film has over-the-top moments, which may please the front benchers but alas, it is a big letdown for those who expect a classy follow up to Riteish’s earlier hit Lai Bhari.
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