Gulabjaam is the first food film in Marathi and it works because it metaphors the Maharashtrian food into a beautiful simple story. Director Sachin Kundalkar has written Gulabjaam beautifully along with young writer Tejas Modak. It is a treat to watch mouth-watering Marathi cuisine on screen along with the simplicity of story-telling. Gulabjaam touches heart because it brings audience close to its traditional food and shows different shades of life.
Gulabjaam is a story of 3 main characters, Aditya Naik (Siddharth Chandekar) , Radha Agarkar (Sonali Kulkarni) and Marathi traditional cuisine. The Trailer of the film has given enough idea about the 3 characters. Aditya is a young Maharashtrian man from London who comes to Pune to find someone, who would teach him traditional Maharashtrian cooking. His aim is to open a Marathi Gourmet Restaurant in London. In search of a perfect guru, he meets eccentric Radha, a woman who makes lunch-boxes for the students and working men in her area.
Radha is a loner, short-tempered middle-aged woman, who do not mix with people, whereas Aditya is a happy-go-lucky guy who talks to the ingredients to make food. Both have their own back-story of why they are, the way they are. Aditya needs to pass many tests before Radha accepts him as a student. But once she starts teaching him, a new path of life opens for Aditya and Radha. They develop a bond of teacher-student, friendship and even love. The story slowly unravels the inner strengths of both Aditya & Radha and how they reach their goals.
The best part of Gulabjaam is that it does not complicate the story-telling with too many twist & turns. The characters has many layers which slowly open up like peeling an onion. The run-time of the film is 2 hours and you get to see lots of mouth watering Marathi traditional dishes along with crispy screenplay and dialogues. The film is a treat to watch due to the stunning visuals captured by cinematographer Milind Jog. Background score and Music is well designed to suit the genre of the film. Food designs by Sayali Rajadhyaksh and Shweta Bapat are delicious to watch.
Sonali Kulkarni is a fine actress and she makes gold of the roles offered to her. She had proved that with Kachcha Limbu last year. She has played the different shades of Radha so well that she deserves the nomination of Best Actress this year. Siddharth Chandekar proves, through the effortless portrayal of Aditya, why he deserves better written characters and films. The supporting characters (Chinkya, Popat, Rukmini mavshi, Neha, Amey) does their part very well and do not disrupt the flow of the plot. Kudos to director Sachin Kundalkar for attempting a different genre which has thought for the food. This raises the bar for other established directors for making better films.
Overall: The film is a nice mixture of essence of food and life, which should be enjoyed making it. This Gulabjaam is the sweetest film to watch with entire family.
Rating: 4 / 5
Review By: Ajay Kulye
Movie: Gulabjaam | गुलाबजाम
Director: Sachin Kundalkar
Producers: Vinod Malgewar & Vishal Chordiya
Presenter: Mangesh Kulkarni (Business Head - Zee Stuidos)
Studio: Golden Gate Motion Pictures, Zee Studios Presents
Sonali Kulkarni as Radha Agarkar
Siddharth Chandekar as Aditya Naik
Madhura Deshpande as Neha
Chinmay Udgirkar as Amey
Mahesh Ghag as Popat
Mohanabai as Rukmini Mavshi
Food Design: Sayali Rajadhyaksh and Shweta Bapat
Story, Screenplay & Dialogues: Sachin Kundalkar & Tejas Modak
Music: Thaikkuddam Bridge
Cinematography DoP: Milind Jog
Genre: Food Drama
Release Date: 16th February 2018
Duration: 120 mins