Astu – So Be It: Film Review – Subtle yet Beautiful

Verdict: A film that brings out the true essence of relationships – old and new.

Every family goes through a fair amount of thick and thin. The way every member of the family understands and supports each other while dealing with difficult situations, defines the foundation of their love towards each other. For many, these efforts translate into duties that they must perform to bring things into the state of normalcy. While for others, these efforts form a part of their altruistic behavior which comes out instantly and naturally. These are the kind of emotions that Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, the directors of Astu – So Be It, are trying to bring out through this film.

At the start of the film, there’s one quote that creates a wave of thought which resonates in your mind until the end of the film. The quote goes something like this, “The truth always stems from awareness. Where there is no awareness, there is no truth”. So, does that mean, a man only exists till he is able to sense things? Does he cease to exist the moment he loses his senses? Such is the story of Dr. Chakrapani Shastri, a Sanskrit scholar, played by Dr. Mohan Agashe. Before being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he could effortlessly narrate excerpts from the ancient Vedic texts from memory. But with the gradual loss of his memory, now he can barely remember his name.

One day, his daughter, Ira (Irawati Harshe), picks him up from his place to take him home. On their way, they make a quick detour and head towards a bustling market to do some last-minute shopping. While Ira is in the shop, her father manages to get out of the car and start wandering around the street. Due to his illness, things on the street fascinate him as well as scare him – just like a child. It soon becomes an overwhelming experience for him, and within minutes, he loses track of himself and the route. The next moment, Ira realizes that her father has gone missing. She immediately calls her husband Dr. Madhav (Milind Soman) for help and they quickly notify the cops about it. From thereon, Ira’s struggle with her emotions and her family begins. The film has a series of flashbacks that give you a gist of her and her father’s life. You need to watch the film till the end to know how things fare for Ira and her father.

This is one of those contemporary films that one must watch to soak themselves in some enriching content. Every single detail of the film is simple and realistic which helps everyone easily get attached to the film. Dr. Mohan Agashe, Irawati Harshe, Milind Soman, and Amruta Subhash have all performed splendidly in the film.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:
If you are planning to watch a movie that has an intellectual essence, then this is the film for you. Astu – So Be It, cuts out the melodrama and brings out genuine emotions. Definitely a must-watch and another win for Marathi cinema!

Release Date: 15th July, 2016
Language: Marathi
Director: Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar
Genre: Drama
Cast & Crew: Dr. Mohan Agashe, Iravati Harshe, Milind Soman, Amruta Subhash
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