Movie Review: Braveheart – Jiddh Jagnyachi (2017)
Starcast: Arun Nalawade, Sangram Samel, Dhanashree Kadgaonkar, Ila Bhate, Atul Parchure, Atharv Talvelkar, Sulbha Deshpande, Vijay Chavan, Kishore Pradhan
Written by: Tejas Marathe & Kalyani Mitragotri
We have seen inspiring films in the past involving youngsters and how one serious ailment ruined their life. Braveheart is a story of indomitable willpower and a determinant boy who tries to overcome his problems with the help of his will power and unending motivation from his father. It is a story which speaks about the unique bonding and relationship between a father and son. It is a story of sacrifice which a father does for his son.
The film starts with Pillukaka (Atul Parchure) narrating the movie who happens to be a close friend of Sachidanand Karkhanis (Arun Nalawade). Sachidanand has a son Nikhil (Sangram Samel) who is fond of trekking and Mountaineering in the Alps. He goes on various treks and wishes to visit all forts in Maharashtra. He is a foodie and is attached to his grandmother (Sulbha Deshpande). When Nikhil turns 19 years old, a serious spinal ailment gets detected, which affects his nervous system. He goes for a surgery, however, the ailment begins to spread rapidly and becomes progressively worse. Fighting against all odds and with the help of his father, Nikhil starts working in Techmahindra, where he shows his potential and wins hearts of people around him including his manager (Ila Bhate) and gets a chance to work in London for 4 years. He is in love with Sulekha (Dhanashree Kadgaonkar) and they get married. Sulekha is caring & confident that Nikhil will get cured with advance medication. However, will Nikhil be in a position to endure the pain and sustain on his willpower? Are there any external factors which are playing a spoilsport in Nikhil’s married life? Will Sulekha understand the gravity of Nikhil’s problem? Will Nikhil’s father be able to further motivate him?
Versatile actor Arun Nalawade plays the role of Nikhil’s encouraging father and he is the real hero in the film along with TV actor Sangram Samel who makes his debut through this film. Both of them give us the Braveheart experience which the film promises. Atul Parchure is good in his role as a family friend. Bengali director Dasbabu has captured perfect frames which are high on emotional quotient and the setting is perfect. The locations and spaces between the scenes are good.
“Ubha Janma Java” is sung by Sadhana Sargam which supports the momentum of the story. Lyrics and dialogues are penned by Shrikant Bojewar and music is composed by Arnab Chatterjee. It is veteran Marathi poet Kishore Kadam; recites a beautiful poem in his voice which is one of the high points in this movie. The analogy when Nikhil compares himself with a politician moving everywhere with his chair is an example of top class writing. Nikhil’s thought process and ability to grasp the moral from Dyneshwari goes well in the story. Surekha’s diplomatic behavior in the second half brings a different twist in the drama and it’s worth appreciating.
To sum up, the film gives an important message – “Keep smiling even when dying inside”. No matter how much pain one is enduring, he shouldn’t give away his smile is a point which the movie tries to reinstate. This true story is a tribute from a father to his son and gives a different perspective to what life is all about.