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Friday, May 01, 2009

Reviewing 'Shivajiraje Bhosale boltoi'

'Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale boltoi' was a movie I wanted to watch for a long time now. Last night I did.

The hype created around the film is that of a very motivating movie that makes a strong social statement. The movie does not.

The movie is a fantastic tale of a Marathi family who are trying to save their house from an evil builder.

The entire Marathi-non-Marathi discussion is only the backdrop of the movie and that is, in my opinion, the best part of the movie. The movie does not separate people on the basis of their community, it only unites them.

The movie does not move you or leave you with a message - it is not meant to. It is an out-and-out entertainer!

There are people who are rubbing the movie off saying it is juvenile. Some scenes are. But, I would say, it is funnily entertaining.

If a Shahrukh Khan can bounce to a height and shoot the goons, why can't any other actor? If Sunny Deol uproots a water pump and hits the villians with it leaving the audience in an enthralled state of mind, why can't Sachin Khedekar?

'Rang de Basanti' related the stories of the past with a story in the present time. This movie does the same. It is for this reason that I can digest the fact that there is a Shivaji Maharaj living on Pratapgad - in today's times. :-) (Fantasy.. but why not!)

Shivaji Maharaj was a man who stood up for his people, united them and fought with them as much as he did for them. He was not just a leader- he was a motivator. He was someone who brought hope to people who had lost it.

'Lagaan' was marketed and targeted at the cricket fever in the country. This movie is targeted at the Shivaji Maharaj loyalty of the people.

(Btw, the music is lovely. The Powaada, the Koli song and the Shivaji Maharaj Song are super!!)

The movie tries to bring back hope to the people, the hope to live and the courage.

The movie is not an outstanding piece of work. But, it is fun!!

P. S. : Mahesh Manjrekar does not get the Marathi pronunciations correctly. 'Abaadhit' becomes 'Abaadit' for him among several cases.

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