The most awaited Marathi film of the year, 'Baghtos Kay Mujra Kar' is finally out in theatres. The film is most anticipated because of the subject of Maharashtra's lost glory, its Maratha forts. Shivaji Maharaj established Hindavi Swarajya by capturing these forts from dectators and building new ones for the people (Marathi रयत). But today, do we care about these heritage forts which saw many battles for ownership and saw many heros die for the Swarajya. The film aptly have the same subject woven around realistic characters from Satara.
Even though the film touches the sensitive subjects, it never preaches. The film has an entertaining plot and intresting characters. The overall look and feel of the film is light hearted and does show the core subject of preservation of Maratha forts. The Film is well made considering the complexitiy and is the tribute to the real heros who work for the preservation of the forts.
"One Dream, One Horserider Warrior, One Sword" The story starts with Nanasaheb having a dream. what is the meaning of this frequent dream? Nanasaheb (Jitendra Joshi) is the honest, simple Sarpanch (Village Head) of Kharbujewadi, a village located at the foothills of a fort in Satara. Nanasaheb is married to Mangal (Nea Joshi) with a son. He is the ardent follower of Shivaji Maharaj and wants to preserve the forts as well help the adjoining villages through innovative plans. His plan is ready but the political will to sanction it is not. He has 2 best friends in Panda seth (Aniket Vishwasrao), also a deputy head and newly married to a modern girl Vaishali (Rasika Sunil) and Shiva (Akshay Tanksale), who is in love with Hira (Parna Pethe), sister of their political enemy Samsher Patil (Hemant Dhome). All 3 form the same interest for goodwill of Maharaj's forts.
Pandaseth suggests that Nanasaheb should become MLA to fullfill the dream plan for forts. The party chiefs ask to do something great from Nanasaheb. 3 of them decide to go to London to bring back the Jagdamba Sword of Shivaji Maharaj. Will they succeed to bring back the sowrd? what are the plans of Samsher Patil to destroy Nanasaheb's plans to become MLA. how the Shivaji memorial takes forfront than the forts, forms rest of the story.
The whole film is stashed with powerhouse performances by all actors. Jitendra Joshi's Nanasaheb is his one of the best performance after Tukaram. Aniket Vishwasrao shows his completely different side as Panda seth. He has put a lot of efforts in this character for sure. Akshay Tanksale shines as romantic and follower of Nanasaheb.
The women power is not behind too. Neha Joshi, Rasika Sunil and Parna Pethe all shine in their small but important roles. Rest of the cast has delivered their best performances. Hemant Dhome shines as a villain Samsher Patil. I will write a separate article for the acting performances for sure.
Hemant Dhome is a fine writer, who develops the stories which are relevent for current times. His story is beautiful woven into a seemingly flawless screenplay with power-packed dialouges. Baghtos Kay Mujra Kar is his directorial debut and he shines in this department too. I am sure he will bring many more such rooted Marathi stories for our audience. Music by Amitraj suits the film, special mention for the Promise song, Powada and Majhya Raja Ra etch into veiwers minds. Lyricist Kshitij Patwardhan shows his mastery over poetry in all songs.
Camera work by Milind Jog is A class with beautiful aerial shot of forts and the shahyadri vallies. Editing is sharp and background music suits the scenes. Overall this is a beautifully made film with all technical aspects ticked all boxes very well.
Both the halves are well paced, but the second half becomes more intense with resistance to Nanasaheb's dreams. The hurdles and opportunities are somewhat realistic. Some things are unrealistic, but this fiction is part of the story-telling and very much bearable. The end seems a little rushed, but I am sure that the film must have been trimmed to suit the shorter length. I will be happpy if there is a director's cut with a length of 200+ mins.
Watch this movie for the shear efforts shown by the director to bring such a sensitive subject out in the open. If you do not understand once, then watch it 2-3 times, you will only enjoy it more.
Rating: 4 /5 Stars
Review By: Ajay Kulye
Movie: Baghtos Kay Mujra Kar | बघतोस काय मुजरा कर
Director: Hemant Dhome
Producers: Gopal Taiwade Patil & Vaishnavi Jadhav
Studio: Everest Entertainment & Ganraj Production
Cast: Jitendra Joshi, Aniket Vishwasrao, Akshay Tanksale, Neha Joshi,Rasika Sunil, Parna Pethe, Anant Jog, Hemant Dhome, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vikram Gokhale
Story, Screenplay & Dialogues: Hemant Dhome
Lyrics: Kshitij Patwardhan
Genre: Social Drama
Release Date: 3 February 2017
Duration: 143 mins