Aapla Manus is a suspense thriller woven around the complexities of relationships, ideologies, generation gaps and modern lifestyle. Director Satish Rajwade has tried to portray the difficulties of senior persons and their degrading value in the family system through a detective's lens who has a soft corner for the elderly people.
The film starts with a thud in a rainy night and a society's security guard finds a old man in a pool of blood. Enters senior inspector Maruti Nagargoje (Nana Patekar), who starts investigating the matter with different perspectives. He starts questioning Victim's son lawyer Rahul Gokhale (Sumeet Raghvan) and daughter-in-law Maths professor Bhakti (Irawati Harshe). Their point of views of coma ridden Aaba makes him suspect both Rahul & Bhakti. What looks like an accident of Aaba starts tilting towards suicide and murder because of the family problems. The who-done-it tilts towards why-done-it in a narrative full of twist & turns. What comes out at the end shocks audience as it hits the heart.
The director has maintained a good pace for the suspense thriller. The whole drama has an emotional connect. The story showcases the complexities of relationships in the modern family and ignorance of elderly people due to the generation gap. The whole narrative keeps the audience guessing about suspect and also throws family drama found in every household. When the final scene plays out, it is upto the audience to decide What is Right? Aapla Manus makes audience speechless while coming out of the theatre.
Nana Patekar is a power-house of acting and he shows that in his performance as Maruti Nagargoje. There are many one-liners which might give viewers relief in a tense narrative. Sumeet Raghvan has shown many different emotions through his performance especially during confrontations with Inspector. He gives an excellent performance as Rahul Gokhale, who is caught between the tiffs of his father and wife. Irawati Harshe is in full-form since Astu & Kaasav and justifies her casting as Bhakti.
The background score is apt for the genre and creates necessary tension. All the technical aspects of the film are crafting done. The film could have been trimmed by 10 minutes as it becomes repetitive in the second half. It only explores the family problems from the parents' perspective and not from the children's perspective, who are also victims of the fast & luxury lifestyle. Also it did not required a cameo at the end.
Overall: Appla Manus is a perfect suspense thriller with doses of family drama. It makes you think about the problems of elderly parents and gives a soft message to provide them love they deserve.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Review By: Ajay Kulye
Movie: Aapla Manus | आपला मानूस
Director: Satish Rajwade
Producers: Ajay Devgn, Watergate Marathi Motion Pictures, Nana Patekar & Arun Kupte
Co-Producers: Abhinav Shuklaa, Manish Mishra, Govind Goyal & Rohit Chaudhary (Bahul)
Presenters: Sudhanshu Vats, Ajit Andhare & Nikhil Sane
Studio: Ajay Devgn Ffilms and Watergate Motion Pictures in association with Shree Gajanan Chitra
Nana Patekar as Senior Inspector Maruti Nagargoje
Iravati Harshe as Rahul Gokhale
Sumeet Raghvan as Bhakti Gokhale
Savita Malpekar as Maid
Story, Screenplay & Dialogues: Vivek Bele
Cinematography DoP: Suhas Gujarathi
Sound Design: Sunil Agarwal
Background Score: Sameer Phaterpekar
Editor: Rahul Bhatankar
Genre: Family Thriller
Release Date: 9th February 2018
Duration: 138 mins