Psychological thriller is a less explored genre in Marathi cinema. The film Manjha which released today has a very simple plot and sticks to its genre, unravelling the psyhotic nature of the very dangerous character and its impact on the other fearful characters. "Hunt or Be Hunted", this is a jungle and the jungle rule applys to all of us as well. So either fear or conquere that fear.
The first scene of the car braking immediately to avoid hitting, gives the chaotic nature of the film to follow. Samidha (Ashvini Bhave) and her son Jaideep (Rohit Phalke) shift to Lonavala to escape from her abusive husband. Samidha wants to begin a new life where her only focus is Jaideep. Jaideep had gone through a lot of depresssion at a very young age and had gone through the therapy. Samidha's friends Veena (Shivani Tanksale) and Saurabh (Mohan Kapur) help to get her a job, to get admission for Jaideep and settle down in Lonavala.
Soon Jaideep become friends with his classmate Vicky (Sumedh Mudgalkar). At start he seems an intelligent smart kid and both became friendly too soon. Things were going fine until Samidha finds that Jaideep is forced to be a part of a heinous crime that his psycho friend Vicky is planning (which is already explained in the trailer). Will Samidha and Jaideep conquere their fear? Watch this edge-of-the-seat thriller.
Director Jatin Wagle who has also written the story and screenplay of the film has done a tremendous job. He creates the small world perfectly for a psycho thriller slowly but steadily. The technical aspects are fine when compared to the overall scale of the film. Charu Shree Roy’s editing is sharp and keeps the length of the film appropriate.
The film is well backed by the performances of all 3 lead actors. Ashvini Bhave has shown the emotional turnmoil and the change of attitude very realistically. Sumedh Mudgalkar plays the character with grey shades perfectly and his eyes express his psychotic and destructive nature aptly. Rohit Phalke is convincing as an introvert. Rest of the cast has done good job, even Apoorva Arora as Maya who has crucial but small part leaves an impression.
Watch Manjha for the intense performances and great direction that are sure to give you a thrilling experience.
Rating: 4 /5 Stars
Movie: Manjha | मांजा
Director: Jatin Wagle
Producers: Trilok Malhotra, K R Harish
Studio: India Stories Productions, Presented by Nittin Keni and Manish Vasisht under MFDC
Cast: Ashvini Bhave, Sumedh Mudgalkar, Rohit Phalke, Apoorva Arora, Shivani Tanksale, Mohan Kapur, Denzil Smith
Story & Screenplay: Jatin Wagle
Dialogues: Upendra Sidhaye
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: 21st July 2017
Duration: 125 Mins