Verdict: Muddesud Puneri’s wit and Mohan Joshi’s fine act make 66 Sadashiv an amusing watch.
Debutant director Yogesh Deshpande brings to us a fun family movie based on a unique concept – the art of arguing. 66 Sadashiv stars veteran actors like Mohan Joshi, Vandana Gupte, and Mahesh Manjrekar along with Apurva Modak and Yogesh Deshpande.
What’s 66 Sadashiv About:
An eccentric photographer Prabhakar Shrikhande (Mohan Joshi) lives in a wada in Sadashiv Peth, Pune, with his wife Meena (Vandana Gupte) and daughter Kadambari (Apurva Modak). Shrikhande may not be the best photographer out there but he does excel at one thing – muddesud bhandan (arguing to the point). Prabhakar has a reputation of articulating his points flawlessly in any argument. It’s difficult to win with him and he considers this an essential skill that everyone should have. While his business is dwindling mostly because he does not adapt to the modern times, he considers teaching the art of arguing for a living and baghta-baghta starts his own classes. Meena, a wife who’s adapted to her husband’s argumentative ways, sells homemade spicy bhadang (probably a nod to Meena’s personality) to support the household and is worried about her daughter’s marriage. 66 Sadashiv is about Prabhakar’s efforts to gain recognition for himself as the master of the craft and the outings of the Shrikhande family.
66 Sadashiv is a light-hearted comedy and slides in a relevant message underneath all the humor. While it is a breezy comedy, it has some khamang writing, making Pune the perfect setting for this film. The film is loosely based on VaPu Kale’s short story “Joshi” or “Bhandkhor Joshi” and Mohan Joshi has embodied the character flawlessly. Vandana Gupte’s Meena has many shades and as the powerhouse artist that she is, she is perfect.
A film based on how to argue is expected to have tight dialogues and 66 Sadashiv does not disappoint. In fact, the title song has been written especially well and you must look the lyrics up. The humor is breezy and yet clever. Debutant director Yogesh Deshpande does a great job at bringing one of the most loved Marathi author VaPu Kale’s story to life. He takes some cinematic liberties with respect to the changed times and does it seamlessly. Your entire family will enjoy this novel concept that has been executed well. First PuLa and now VaPu – we are glad Marathi cinema is bringing the gold back.
What Could’ve Been Better:
While the characters have been developed in depth and the performances are super, the story seems a bit choppy and the flow seems interrupted in places. The music is passable.
Why You Should Watch:
Great yesteryear authors like VaPu Kale have given us beautiful stories and character sketches. Watching these on the big screen is delightful. Plus, Mohan Joshi and Vandana Gupte’s performances are stunningly natural, as usual. Book for 66 Sadashiv for your entire family over the weekend, you won’t regret it.