Director Sameer Patil is known for making comedy films with a social message. His previous films Poshter Boys and Poshter Girl had a rural backdrop. This time though he chose an urban setup around the Mumbai police department and their challenges in Shentimental. He seems grown a lot as a director, as he gives audience a pure entertainment in a hilarious manner with a dose of reality. Shentimental is a perfect entertainer which is recommended for every Indian viewer. The film is a light hearted yet social dark comedy. There is no single hero in Shentimental and portrays the real life challenges of our policemen.
The story of Shentimental starts in a police station in Andheri, Mumbai, where 3 Policemen, Asst. Police Sub-Inspector Pralhad Ghodke (Ashok Saraf), Police Inspector Dilip Thakur (Upendra Limaye) and Asst. Police Inspector Subhash Jadhav (Vikas Patil) are working hard still do not get any appreciation from their boss Jambhale (Ramesh Wani). Initially it shows all their personal and professional challenges including long working hours without weekly offs, no time for love or family in a very realistic but hilarious manner. There is a sub-plot of love story between Subhash and Asst. Police Inspector Sunanda Salokhe (Pallavi Patil). These 3 policemen have to solve a theft case in which they make an arrest of a Bihari boy Manoj Pande (Suyog Gorhe), who is very fluent in Marathi, Hindi and Telugu. To recover the assets of the loot all three has to travel to a village in Bihar along with the thief. What happens in Bihar and the life lessons they learn forms the core of the story.
The film is full of hillarious dialogues, which are both funny and sarcastic, will make you laugh out loud but also has some emotional and realistic meaning attached to it. (Few of these dialogues are present in the trailer). All the characters and their personal and professional life is well established. Here there are 3 major conflicts, Police Vs Police, Police Vs Criminals and Maharashtra Vs Bihar and all are well defined and presented. The pace of both halves are well maintained without loosing the core of the film.
All the actors display their best acting skills and the film becomes believable that you are watching the real policemen. Ashok Mama is returning in a police avatar to Marathi films after 42 years and he is the core of all the cast members. His dialogue delivery and comic timing is amazing. Upendra Limaye is in his usual best. Vikas Patil and Pallavi Patil aptly show the love birds and responsible police officers. The surprise package is newcomer Suyog Gorhe and his grandfather played by Raghuveer Yadav. Both exceeds the expectations in their respective roles.
Director Sameer Patil has shown so much maturity in presenting a serious subject around the policemen in a hilarious manner. The conflicts and scope for changes are well highlighted. Shentimental is his best work till date and should get a proper appreciation in terms of audience watching this film in housefull theatres. Camerawork by Mahesh Limaye is amazing as well as the music and songs in the film, specially the Zankkar song, which shows the couples' journey in a police station.
Verdict: Shentimental is a must watch film for the acting Ashok Mama & all the actors and the policemen who serve us without appreciation.
Rating: 4 /5 Stars
Movie: Shentimental | शेंटीमेंटल
Director: Sameer Patil
Producers: Abhay Jahagirdar, Sameer Patil, Santosh Bodke and Manjusha Bodke
Associate Producers: Avanika Productions and Yashraj Mukhate
Studio: RRP Corp and Bunny Dalmia Presents, Engineers Combined Motion Pictures LLP Productions
Cast: Ashok Saraf, Upendra Limaye, Vikas Patil, Pallavi Patil, Suyog Gorhe, Raghuveer Yadav, Ramesh Wani, Madhav Abhyankar, Uma Sardeshmukh, Pushkar Shrotri, Rajan Bhise and Vidyadhar Joshi
Story: Sameer Patil
Screenplay & Dialogues: Sameer Patil
Music: Milind Joshi
Genre: Black Comedy Drama
Release Date: 28 July 2017
Duration: 146 mins