Shitty being sold…..
Mahesh Manjrekar started his career with different film called “Nidaan” and later gave some super hits like Vaastav, Aastitva, Viruddh and few more. In all films he portrayed the middle class Indian in different situation. The genre belonging to Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee was potryed by Mahesh Manjrekar in a different manner with tales of Violence and boldness. Slowly he started being repetitive and thus lost the charm. He focused himself to Acting and few years back banged the box office with his Marathi hit films. Now after almost after a half decade he comes back with another tale of Middle Class Mumbaikar in name of “CITY OF GOLD”. Let’s find out whether the magic touch too has bounced back or it’s the same old story.
“City of Gold” claims to be a story of Mumbai set in few decades back and focuses on a particular chawl in Mumbai and a cloth mill along with its workers. Mostly the film is story of a retired mill worker [Ankush Choudhary]who lives with his wife [Seema Biswas] , three sons [Kedar Shinde, Karan Patel & Vineet Kumar] and a daughter Manju [Veena]. The father along with other mill workers is highly influence with leadership of Rane [Sachin Khedekar] who is fighting against the Mill Owners [Sameer Dharmadhikari]. The problem starts affecting his house as his daughter fall in for a married guy, one son gets stuck in a fraud and another in underworld. How do they cope up along with the problem of Mill is all the film about.
Story starts and claims to be reality behind the dark secrets of Mumbai city, but focuses more on the personal life of these family members than the city or even the mill workers. Screenplay is based on incidents happening in the life of family members, Thus all the story and scenes related to mill problem looked weak and pale and in case you are wondering what about the city ? Well we will answer back what about it ? There was nothing about it in the film at all. The movie keeps you glued to the screen but then many scenes looked over the top and forced. The whole sex angle in the film portrayed the females in bad light and was not required. Everyone is shown from the brothers to sister to the neighbor having some or another sex scene, where at one point you might get scared thinking and praying that hopefully Mahesh has not shown the Sex scene [people expecting some hot scenes pls don’t jump with joy as these are just for namesake] between the old couple. Thankfully he has not and on that relief the positive points are some emotional scenes in the family. One story looked exactly like part 2 of Vaastav. Camera work was average and nothing great.
Mahesh Manjrekar did some good work in Marathi films last couple of years and thus the expectations raised for this film. But again this film too like most of his films was based more on the chawl of Mumbai rather than the problem of Mumbai. There is a saying that “You can take out Mahesh from the Chawl, but cannot take out the Chawl which is inside Mahesh”. He loses his focus of the main motive behind the film and ends up with dark, over violent and total negative.
On performance basis Sachin Khedekar, Sameer Dharmadhikari, Kashmira Shah, Siddharth Jadhav did their role with full justification. But rests all were amateurish or not utilized in proper manner. Satish Shah and Anushka Dandekar were wasted.
So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai dum ?
Dum hain, Kutch Kutch scenes mein, but uske alawa total Sar Dard hai. Mr.Manjrekar to make a hard hitting subject you don’t need a Dark Poster or Dark forceful scenes with Crazy kids on streets or something else, but you need is a Hard Hitting subject which is properly written. Sadly this is what is missing from this film which is a Piece of “Shitty being sold” in name of Cinema.
Ratings : 1.5/5