Verdict: A path breaking black-and-white film with shades of gray.
There are a plethora of movies that hit the big screen every week. But there are only a few that you can resonate with, which touch your heart in a way that you walk out of the theatre thinking about life. Directed by veteran Marathi actor, Prasad Oak, Kaccha Limbu is his debut direction and inarguably a beautifully made film. A lot of movies are based on novels but then again, very few are capable of some fine execution on the big screen. And Kaccha Limbu, undoubtedly belongs to the latter. The story is based on a novel written by Jaywant Dalvi titled Runanubandh. Set in Mumbai during the ‘80s, the story revolves around the life of a middle-class family and their tragic journey.
Bacchu (Manmeet Pem) is a mentally challenged boy who has recently hit adolescence and is struggling with the new transformation in his body. Mr. Katdare (Ravi Jadhav), his father, works the night shift in a telegraph office, while Shaila Katdare (Sonali Kulkarni) works a 9-5 job to make ends meet. The couple burns a candle on both ends for the treatment of their son, but he remains intellectually disabled with a large built. Things take an ugly turn when Bacchu’s adolescent hormones begin to kick in and he gropes his own mother one night. Fed up with the daily struggle, the couple has mixed feelings towards their son express their conflicting emotions in different ways. Shaila finds solace in her boss, Mr. Pandit (Sachin Khedekar), a pleasant man with unclear motives. On the other hand, Mr. Katdare is busy saving up for the ‘Bacchu Fund’ – a trust they dream of starting for Bacchu in his afterlife, as well as for parents who face the same difficulty as them.
Kaccha Limbu is a bold film that touches upon such aspects of the society that are considered to be a taboo. It comes as a pleasant surprise for the viewer that such a movie has been released in Marathi cinema and is applause-worthy. The performances, especially Manmeet Pemare commendable, to say the least. His act of a mentally disabled teenager makes you believe in the character. Sonali Kulkarni and Ravi Jadhav play the role of a troubled, yet very-much-in-love couple so beautifully that you can almost relate to their struggle.
Debutant director Prasad Oak seems to have given Marathi cinema one of its most noteworthy films. Brilliantly shot in black and white, the color tone perfectly suits the gray shades of the film’s storyline. The selective use of color represents their forgotten hopes and dreams. With no songs, the story keeps you hooked to the seat, looking forward to what comes next.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Kaccha Limbu is the perfect package of an excellent heart-warming story along with praise-worthy performances. If you are one of those who isn’t going to the theatres for mindless entertainment but for some real hard-hitting cinema, then this one’s for you.