A typical boy-meets-girl-and-they-live-happily-ever-after story, Coffee Ani Barach Kahi does not live up to the expectations of the Marathi filmi keedas. With a plot that’s been done to death, the film often lags behind in the story department. However, Coffee Ani Barach Kahi is earnest in its presentation and some of the characters do manage to stay with you after the film.
Directed by Prakash Kunte, the film stars Vaibhav Tatwawadi, Bhushan Pradhan and Prarthana Behere in lead roles. Tatwawadi plays the cynical Nishaad, who questions marriage, and why people find the need to get hitched after they have everything. Prarthana Behere plays the bubbly, young Jaai, who believes in fairy-tale romances, and works under Nishaad in an IT company. They become friends, one thing leads to another, and they fall in love. However, they both do not confess their mutual attraction to each other, owing to their strong opinions and their stubborn natures. Both Tatwawadi and Behere turn in earnest performances, making you believe in their characters. Soon, Jaai’s parents start looking for a groom for her. Enter Bhushan Pradhan, who plays the suave and charming Anish. Both Jaai and Anish are opposed to arranged marriages, but meet at the behest of their parents. They begin talking, but Jaai raves about Nishaad, and how much she loves him. Anish then asks the question we all are dying to know the answer to – why haven’t you told him that you love him? Pradhan, of Time Pass fame, manages to turn in a convincing role as the slick city boy and stays with you till the end.
Another supporting role worth mentioning is that of Neha Mahajan, who plays Jaai’s sister, Abha. She impresses with her wit and sarcasm towards her elder sister and her relationships. Marathi veteran actor Dilip Prabhawalkar also makes a brief cameo, and has the best scene in the entire film. The background score is passable, and complements some scenes well. Some dialogues are witty, and comic moments are interspersed throughout the film. However, despite all of the positives of Coffee Ani Barach Kahi, you lose interest fairly quickly, owing to the repetitive plot and some scenes that have no relation to the story.
Why Should You Watch The Film?
With convincing performances by the cast, the film does have a few good moments, but gets bogged down by the weak script. If you like love stories and happy endings, with memorable characters, then Coffee Ani Barach Kahi is for you. Catch it with a loved one over the long weekend!
By Karan Raikar