“Welcome to Simplicity…..”
We all remember the old nostalgic days of Doordarshan, where serials use to revolve around small town or villages. Serials like Malgudi Days, Kirdar, etc had the rural touch with blend of good performances and direct to heart characters. Slowly as time went by the rural settings was sidelined by the urban settings. “Welcome to Sajjanpur” takes back to good old nostalgic days in a light hearted way.
“Welcome to Sajjanpur” is based on story by writer Mahadev [Shreyas Talpade], who lives in a small village named SajaanPur. He has flair of writing letters, which makes him quite popular and becomes a full time profession for him. He becomes an important character in the lives of the villagers consisting of A Compounder[ Ravi Kissen] , Local Ex Sarpanch [Yashpal Sharma], Superstitious Old lady [Ila Arun], House wife [Amrita Rao], A widow [Rajeshwari], Eunuch[Ravi Jhankal] and many more. His writing affects everyone in positive and sometimes in negative manner. How does he cope up with it is the entire movie about.
Story is simple and short. But it’s the characters which makes the movie interesting and viewable. Screenplay is good and touches the ground zero level. The dialect, mannerism, dressing etc are taken care with full details. Though at some point the movie does lay flat and things just keeps moving, but then some change and you are back to track. Few good twists in the climax are good, but the ending part looked bit hurried. One does feel something more could have been added to the film. Music by Shantanu Moitra is good, but thanks to bad promotion of music it tends to disturb you in the viewing. The interest is lost when songs appear, though one does keep humming the 'sitaram' track.
Shyam Benegal has never tried this genre of cinema, though he had some lighter moments in Mandi, Mammo and Hari Bhari, so it was good to see his cinema in different angle. He has tried to make this movie as simple as he can that it does not look like his movie at all, but still has his bold touches at few places and at that time you feel you are watching a Shyam Benegal movie. There was a time when Shyam Benegal made movies without songs in the era of songs and dance, thus one wonder why he had to use so many songs in this movie at the time where movies without songs are made frequently. His way of story telling has always been remarkable and he does not fail this time either.
Shreyas Talpade has done a great job, a prefect film for him after Iqbal. He slips easily in the character of Mahadev. One does want to see more of him in such movies rather than masala potboilers. Amrita Rao looks great and does proper justice to the role. Scenes between Shreyas and Amrita are quite interesting. Ravi Jhankal Impresses a lot. Yashpal Sharma, Ravi kishen, Ila Arun, Rajeshwari and others essay their role with total conviction. Divya Dutta and Rajat Kapoor are good but in very small role.
So Bol Meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hain dum ?
Dum hain acha dum hain aur mazedaar hain but kutch alag kism ki film hain. People who love simple films with light hearted treatment, do not miss this film. It’s a guarantee that after watching this film one does feel a big welcome to Simplicity.
Ratings : 3.75/5