“Mi Shivajiraje Bhosale Bolatoy”
Director: Santosh Manjarekar
Cast: Sachin Khedekar, Mahesh Manjarekar, Makarand Anaraspure, Siddharth Jadhav, Priya Bapat, Suchitra Bandekar, Abhijit Kelakar, Ganesh Yadav, Vidyadhar Joshi and others
Guest Appearance: Bharat Jadhav, Reema Lagu, Ankush Choudhary, Bharat Dabholkar
Music: Ajit, Samir, Atul
Releasing Date: 3rd April 2009
“Mi Shivajiraje Bhosale Bolatoy” was most awaited and anticipated Marathi movie in long, long time. I wanted to watch the first day first show on Friday but I couldn’t as show was houseful till Sunday evening at Movie Time, Goregaon. So it tells that not only but many others were eager to watch the movie. And it was also due to the fact there were only 2 shows per day at Movie Time multiplex. As usual Marathi movies don’t get enough screens as multiplex or theatre owners claim that not many people turn up for Marathi movies. But after looking at this movie and its collection they should get assurance that Marathi movie has their own viewers.
As for the movie it is a must watch movie for not only Marathi people but also for non-Marathi people. As issue of non Marathi verses Marathi is really hot in Maharashtra today. This movie is able to give exact assessment of what Marathi common man is going through and what does he thinks about this issue. There is anger and uneasiness among Marathi people, they are feeling down, they are feeling outcast in their own homeland; but at the same time they understand that they can’t just beat people up and ask them to leave the state. They know this is not the solution but anger is still there and they don’t know what to do with it? This movie tells people what and how to do it through the medium of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
This movie answered many questions for common Marathi man. But also ask many questions which Marathi people were shying away from. As all Marathi people complains that all the business and all the top post are captured by non Marathi people. This question is answered in the movie with another question like who stopped Marathi people doing the same. Movie has bulk of social relevant message for Marathi people. And as it has Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s character in it, people automatically get inspirations, motivations.
Movie has lot of resemblance to “Lage raho Munnabhai”. As protagonist of this movie is using Shivaji Maharaj’s ideology instead of Mahatma Gandhi’s to get away through his troubled life. But it also has its own Marathi Tadka. Although it is not a cinematically genius movie it is still a must watch movie. There are many reasons for it first would be that it is highly entertaining as well as inspiring movie. But most important reason will be performance of Sachin Khedekar. He is outstanding in this movie. If anyone wants to know what is acting watch this movie this is what acting is all about. Lot of actors claim to be a perfectionist, but watch the performance of Sachin Khedekar as ‘Dinkar Bhosale’ and find out what actually perfection is. He shows that just saying your given lines while facing the camera or only showing some emotions on face is not acting. Acting also involves body language. He has tremendous sense of delivering dialogues that has to make impact on people.
All the other actors also did their job very well but Sachin Khedekar outsmarts them in many ways. Mahesh Manjarkar was very good but he could have been far better, it may be because I grown watching actors like Suryakant, Chandrkant as Shivaji Maharaj in many movies. And anyone else does not look proper fit now. Suchitra bandekar and priya bapat did great job; Siddharth Jadhav was in pure villain’s role first time. But what happens with him is that you keep anticipating that he might do some comic act any time. Makarand Anaraspure is able to create magic in his very small role.
I will suggest everyone must watch this movie at least once. If I have to rate this movie I will give 8 out of 10.