While ADHM and Shivaay are busy fighting their multi-crore battles at the box office, here comes a Marathi movie produced by a well known Hindi actress- Priyanka Chopra- with a well known Hindi movie director [and actor] Ashutosh Gowariker as the lead actor! True to its name- Ventilator- the movie infuses much need support and fresh oxygen to the listless rom-coms and action movies that have prevailed as blockbusters in recent times.
This movie is definitely different. For starters, it has 173 actors and as many characters without any romance or action. Almost the whole movie is shot in a hospital and yet it keeps you riveted to your seats.
Rajesh Mapuskar has done a casting coup by having Ashutosh Gowariker as Raja Kamerkar [RK] in the lead as an actor after almost 18 years. He is a well known director and plays himself in real life with immaculate grace. His uncle – Gajju Kaka- is critical in the hospital and cousin Prasanna Kamerkar [Jitendra Joshi] has always had a grudge against his father, while being involved in politics.
However, unlike the sober title, the movie is sprinkled with hilarious incidents which jovially portray ‘death’ as a routine lifecycle. The movie has many parallel tracks running in the story. It delightfully brings to the screen the middle class value system and the politics around them in the backdrop of a hospital and the impending Ganesha festival that is so important for the Maharashtrians. The relationships of Prasanna and Raja with their respective fathers is the main thread that binds the story. Whether it is the old uncle from Konkan with a hearing aid, the fat cousin who loves to hog, a relative who is obsessed with mango farms or a cousin’s wife whose primary objective is having a toilet built in her house- the movie is replete with interesting and whacky characters that one can relate to. Sukanya Kulkarni as Prasanna’s sister plays her role well as do many of the known and unknown faces from marathi cinema.
Priyanka Chopra has a special appearance as herself and also croons a song [with not so great pronunciations] mellifluously. Ashutosh and Jitendra Joshi are brilliant in their characters- controlled yet powerful. It definitely makes you cry- first with its laugh a minute riot and then with its strong emotional bonds. Music directors Rohan Gokhale and Rohan Pradhan have infused energy with the Ganesha songs. One of the most under-marketed movies this year, it is a must watch for all those who love genuinely made family entertainer.