Verdict: Vikram Gokhale’s formidable screen presence makes AB aani CD worth a watch.
The superstar of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan once made a “friendly appearance” in a song in the Marathi film Akka, which was produced by Big B’s hairstylist. After that, he makes his proper debut in Marathi cinema with AB aani CD, alongside his Agneepath co-star Vikram Gokhale.
What’s AB aani CD About:
A septuagenarian widower Chandrakant Deshpande aka CD (Vikram Gokhale) feels the sting of old age and the loneliness that comes along with it. He constantly feels insulted and neglected by his family members, except for his grandchildren. CD is done with everything and just wishes to join his wife in his afterlife. However, one day, CD receives a curious letter from Amitabh Bachchan, CD’s school mate. The letter is an invitation to celebrate their teacher’s 100th birthday and catch up. This causes the good kind of chaos in CD’s life and everyone starts showering attention and love on him. It’s worth watching how the whole thing transpires, who’s behind it, and what makes Amitabh Bachchan actually show up.
While the story is simple and not exactly groundbreaking, the treatment of the script is entertaining. Vikram Gokhale is one of the most important and strongest pillars of AB aani CD. He is formidable and his towering presence is possibly the biggest reason for watching the film. In a sequence, CD is insulted by a young man in a park and while the subject matter and the dialogues may not convince you, Vikram Gokhale’s nuanced performance does. The supporting cast, which includes Sharvari Lohokare, Seema Deshmukh, Sayali Sanjeev, and Lokesh Gupte, is apt in their roles. A special mention to Akshay Tanksale, who is natural and breezy and does his part superbly. Subodh Bhave is impressive in a cameo and the limited screen time. Speaking of stunning cameos, Amitabh Bachchan’s Marathi debut is delightful. He is suave and charming and his presence is magnetic. AB aani CD is worth a watch sheerly for the superstar.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The film takes the melodramatic route multiple times and thus loses its charm. It takes the neglected old person trope too far and without subtlety and thus it makes it harder for us to sympathize with CD. However, Vikram Gokhale’s superlative performance takes care of this disconnect with his inspired performance.
Why You Should Watch:
Watch AB aani CD for a superb performance by Vikram Gokhale, a sweet and simple story that’s also entertaining, and Amitabh Bachchan’s charismatic cameo.