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Mai  (2013 - Hindi)

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Mai cumulative rating: 2.7 out of 52.7/5 (110 users)

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  • Decent watch for Asha Bhosle’s fans…

    Mai rating: 0 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 31 Jan 2013)

    As a kid I was pretty lucky to witness few of Asha Bhosle’s live performances. Since then I always felt that this lady besides having flair of performing differently in her songs, had a strong stage presence too. Two years back a movie named ‘Mai’ was launched with fanfare starring Asha Bhosle in lead role. I was exultant to watch this film and see the legendary singer perform on silver screen. Of course, many of Hindi film die hard lovers had seen glimpse of her in films like ‘Taxi Taxie’ & few more but here the whole feeling is total different as she is in lead role. There have been many incidents where leading singers have tried their luck in acting field right from Shailendra Singh {Agreement}, Talat Aziz {Dhun}, Sonu Nigam {Jaani Dushman}, Sharon Prabhakar {Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaye}, Lucky Ali {Sur}, Sukhwinder Singh {Kuchh Kariye}, Himmesh Reshamiya {Aap Ka Surror} and many more. Unfortunately most of them have met with huge failure; so let’s find out how does our legendary Asha ji fare’s as an actress in this film?

    ‘Mai’ is a story of Madhu {Padmini Kolhapure} who lives with her husband Subhash {Ram Kapoor} & teenage daughter Charu {Shivani}. Their routine life is disturbed when Madhu brings her deserted mother {Asha Bhosle} who is on last stage of Alzheimer. What happens next is what the film is all about.

    Story is beautifully woven with good emotional and dramatic moments. But screenplay does not support the story line as at times it seems missing from the film. Such movies need to be totally focused on its main topic rather than having sub plots attached to it. There are some good moments like Ram Kapoor’s sarcasm over Asha Bhosle’s bangle, Padmini telling Asha about Munna {Navneet Kaushik} going to America, Asha remembering Chitrahaar incident from her past, the whole Asha meeting Anupam Kher scene, Ram Kapoor – Padmini Kolhapure fight followed by Asha-Ram Kapoor fever scene and few more. All these scenes add the needed emotional & dramatic moments in such films.
    On the flip side the whole side track of Charu & her friends was total unwanted and seemed forced just to show the youth angle in the film. All the scenes featuring them looked total fake and unrealistic. There were few more scenes like Asha Bhosle running out of the car or Charu’s regret which again looked over dramatic and hard to digest. Also the climax is bit letdown as one does expect something more in this emotional saga. Editing is crisp and perfect as needed for such films.

    Music by Nitin R Shankar is pleasant. ‘Chandaa Ki Bindiyaa’ is a fantastic lullaby by Asha Bhosle leaving behind goose bumps and a haunting tune. ‘Dhakku Makum’ is total foot tapping number by Amit Kumar. ‘Mai’ & ‘Loag Yahan’ are good songs which go well with the film. ‘Learn To Adjust’ is horrible and should have been edited from the film.
    Debutant director Mahesh Kodiyal does a great job by extracting good performance by Asha Bhosle & others. But when it comes to the treatment of the film, turns out bit weak. His idea of giving the film younger side fails miserably as those tracks dilutes the film. Also in such types of films the emotions should be total natural and one should connect to its lead characters. Sadly, after a while your connect starts to lose its control due to weak narration and disappointing climax. A better experienced director could have done proper justice to this script.

    Just like her stage performances, it’s a treat for all Asha Bhosle fans to watch her perform as lead role. She slips so well in her role that one might not believe that this is her first film as an actress and that to at the age of eighty. She uses her voice marvelously in emotional and dramatic scenes. Padmini Kolhapure & Ram Kapoor does proper justice to their characters. Naveen Kaushik in the negative role is superb. Anupam Kher gives an impressive sp. Appearance. Shivani Joshi was horrible.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hain Dum?

    Dum hain in terms of subject, performance and soothing music. The film fails badly over the weak direction and additional sub plots. Also a better climax would have left a hard hitting impact on the viewers than this casual one. Still on overall basis a decent watch especially for Asha Bhosle’s fans and all those who admire her. Watch her perform at this age of her life and that too with marginal errors.

    Ratings: 2.75/5

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