Verdict: A psychological drama that tries too hard to impress.
Nowadays, many filmmakers are being inspired by books and plays so that they could develop interesting content with their films and give people a break from the usual. Some of these attempts bear fruits and turn out to be as big and successful as Natsamrat, while some struggle to find favor with the audience.
If you are someone who follows Marathi theater, you would have been intrigued to know about the movie Dhyanimani. This film is based on the thought-provoking play of the 90s, of the same title. The film has also been written and directed by the very people behind the play – Prashant Dalvi and Chandrakant Kulkarni, respectively. This makes you feel that the content of this film is genuine, and it gives you hope that the film might just be as wonderful as the play. Watching the trailer of the film only heightens your curiosity.
The film revolves around the lives of two couples. Sameer (Abhijeet Khandekar) and Aparna (Mrunmayee Deshpande) discover that they are going to be parents soon. They then decide to make the most of the time they have with each other before the baby arrives. That’s when they plan a small vacation and go meet their close family friends Sadanand (Mahesh Manjrekar) and Shalini (Ashwini Bhave). Sadanand and Shalini, the middle-aged couple live in a quaint resort along with their son, Mohit. If you observe these two couples, you would feel that everything looks rosy and normal on the face value, but as they meet and spend the day at the resort with each other, things unravel further. There also comes a point in the film when each of these characters have to question their sanity and take a stand to do what’s right.
Only when you watch this film, you somewhat realize that the film sticks to the main concept of the play and does slight modifications to make it relevant to the current scenario. The way the film was made, you could see that it struggled to gradually reveal its plot. And by the time you reach the end, it slightly moves to a different tangent and tries to seamlessly connect the first and the second half. The story of this film does have potential with the surprise elements but unfortunately, the impact of the suspense fizzles out; thanks to the background score.
Mahesh Manjrekar and Ashwini Bhave are seen in the lead roles and their on-screen chemistry is good. Although, there are instances where you would feel that Bhave goes overboard getting a little too melodramatic. Abhijeet Khandekar and Mrunmayee Deshpande have less screen time but their presence is effective.
Why you should watch this movie:
Dhyanimani is a psychological drama that has interesting twists to keep you hooked. The lead cast makes this one a treat for all their fans.