'Little light against the darkness'
When a film targets a particular group of audience and centers itself on their liking, it becomes their duty to remain loyal to their taste. Animation Films are one such genre which've caught up big time in the recent past, but yet have failed to encash the opportunity to the fullest.
The Latest offering in this stream is 'Maruti Meri Dosst', based largely on Lord Hanuman and his devotees. At heart, its the same old tale of Good vs Evil and the essence of Believing in God.
And what such stories often need is newness in story-writing. 'Maruti mera Dosst' indeed takes off from an interesting angle and narrates its tale from the Lord's perception himself, which makes for some really endearing scenes. God comes down as Human beings especially for the protection of those who have extreme belief in him, no matter what. This indeed can be used as an effective moral lesson for Kids to imbibe in them a feeling of devotion for God.
But then, the director forgets midway that He is supposed to make this film for the Kids. And he seems to be a bigger fan of a standard Hindi film Villain than the Hero. So there he pens down the darkest kinds of vilains We see more often only in Horror films or Ekta Kapoor soap operas. Sushmita Mukherjeee does a pretty nice job at her loud and dark granny portrayal, but this story needed more emphasis on the goodness. It wanders around showcasing the Menacing Villains and their cunning plans to spread evil all over, where they could have banked on the growing relationship between Lord hanuman and her little devoteee and added so much of warmth to this sweet tale.
And thats where this film loses its share of charm which could've been retained easily otherwise from the Children's perspective.
What further spoils the taste is the lethargic pacing of the narrative and uneven writing. And by the time The film reaches its climax, You may not have much interest in seeing how Lord Hanuman has helped the girl to destroy the evil around her. The special effects are pretty impressive, and that may excite the target audience. But overall, 'Maruti...' lacks that kind of grace to make it a sheer favourite among the kids. It does an okayish job of narrating a cliched story of Black against White, but had scope for lots more.
Erik A. Nanda is impressive in the title role, while Ritika Srivastava is fine too. However, It hurts to see the once-impactful Chandrachur Singh waste him in such miniscule roles. Though he is passable, this film had hardly any scope for him.
And eventually, 'Maruti Mera Dosst', despite having so much scope for overall nice family entertainment (esp. for Kids) fails to live upto its own promise. Still, It can be given a watch for its noble intention to enlighten our Children about belief in God & Goodness. Only if it was written on a same note.
rating - 2.25