Movie Review: Manus Ek Mati (2017)
Starcast: Siddharth Jadhav, Ganesh Yadav, Swapnil Rajshekhar, Ruchita Jadhav, Smita Gondkar, Harsha Gupte, Varad Chavan, Dr. Vilas Ujawane
Director: Suresh Shankar Zade
Written by: Tejas Marathe & Kalyani Mitragotri
Maherchi Sadi was one of the many family dramas made, based on mother child relationship, however there are very few movies related to the attachment and affinity which a father holds for his son. The thread though exists in the real world have never been shown vividly onscreen. “Manus Ek Mati” shows the amount of care and efforts a father take in his child’s upbringing.
After his real parents die in an accident, Vijay’s (Siddharth Jadhav) parenting is taken care by his uncle Baban (Ganesh Yadav) and Laxmi (Harsha Gupte). Vijay is aware of this and has immense respect for his father and follows his value systems. He considers his father as his role model. Vijay is a simple, hardworking and studious boy. Baban keeps his land on lease to fund Vijay’s education. Vijay meets Vidya (Ruchita Jadhav) who is a modern girl and comes from a rich family background. Some illogical incidences and songs follow which take the story nowhere. Vijay and Vidya are now love birds. Vijay’s professor suggests that he should go abroad for higher studies. Since all sources of getting the required money exhaust, Baban decides to sell his kidney. Baban convinces Vijay that he took the money from his old friend. Vijay comes back to India and informs his parents that he has decided to marry Vidya. Baban and Laxmi give their consensus for the marriage, however is Vijay aware of what is going to come next? Will Vidya, who was born with a golden spoon in her mouth, be able to adjust in the village? How is Vijay going to handle this tricky situation?
Siddharth Jadhav is extremely energetic in his role as a village boy from a simple middle class family. Ruchita Jadhav performs her role well. The person who actually deserves an applause is Ganesh Yadav, for his role as a father. Smita Gondkar is good in her cameo role as a Lavani performer. On the face of it, director Suresh Zade touches a subject that is close to one’s heart & the overall improvisation is good. Ganesh Yadav gives an incredible scene when his wife Harsha Gupte is ill, thereby producing a top class moment in the film.
The romantic song “Sakhya Re Sajana” sang by Swapnil Bandodkar and Neha Rajpal is good. ‘Bebo Bebo‘ is a useless song & shows a poor thinking process. Smita Gondkar’s performance on Lavani “Tumchyasathi Pavhan” is good. It is sang by the versatile playback singer Bela Shende & her voice modulations are simply superb. Eye contact and its moments are extremely important, while performing on a Lavani and Smita has done justice to this song.
The film tries to build the intense feelings between a parent child relationships, however the grip is pretty loose. The love story and action scenes in college drop the momentum. Also, we see a stretched melodrama of Sas-Bahu misunderstanding.