Dhurandhar Bhatawdekar: Film Review – An unconvincing act!

Dhurandhar Bhatawdekar follows the story of two veterans,  Appa Bhatawdekar (Mohan Agashe) and Avinash Dhurandhar (Mohan Joshi) who live in a residential complex.

Directed by Kshitij Zarapkar, the film focuses on a community or a ‘society’, though expected to live in a city, this ‘society’ lives in a village. The film stars Mohan Agashe, a Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee and National Film Award winner Mohan Joshi as two opposite members of the social strata, who form an unlikely friendship.

The film successfully convinces the audience of its characters authenticity from the start, filling in unfulfilled relationships for each of its characters. Pushpa Damle (Kishori Shahane) a widower with a 23-year old daughter lives in a five-star residential complex; Joshi plays Mohanlal, a filmstar; Agashe plays a septuagenarian who is abandoned by his son.  Assisting them is the mumbling peon Shankar (Dushyant Wagh) and Nana (Jayant).

While Dhurandhar has an imaginary father, Bhatawdekar is used to the special treatment he receives in the complex, due to his age. The duo fall for Pushpa Damle, with both trying to outdo each other. Mohan Agashe is convincing as a peppy senior citizen, often giving advice to youngsters. Mohan Joshi comfortably slides into his role of a filmstar, with his experience being the saving grace in many scenes.

The first half has many scenes which are unrelated to the overall plot of the film, with simple fade in and fade outs being used. The second half is where the story kicks in, with the inter-personal relationships on the fore-front. The acting could have been much better, barring Agashe and Joshi. Zarapkar has tried to embed too many characters in the film, which is the bane of the film.

Why you should watch the film ?
Dhurandhar Bhatawdekar succeeds due to commendable performances from Agashe and Joshi, both of who drive home the humane factor in this light-hearted film.

By Shlomoh Samuel

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