Verdict: Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 is charming, lovable, and easy to relate to.

Mumbai Pune Mumbai has been one of the most popular franchises in Marathi cinema. Revered directors, talented cast members, solid scripts, breezy dialogues and lovely background score have been a part of the previous installments and this one is no different. Directed by Satish Rajwade, Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 follows the journey of our favorite couple Gautam and Gauri into parenthood.

What’s Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 About:

Gautam (Swwapnil Joshi) and Gauri (Mukta Barve) have now completed three years of marriage and realize that Gauri is pregnant. Along with the news of their pregnancy comes apprehension, dilemma and two clear choices – whether to see this pregnancy through the term or abort. Gautam honestly tells Gauri that he is not ready for fatherhood but leaves the final decision up to Gauri. Despite being nervous and unsure about life’s plans, Gauri decides that this time is as “right” as any and announces that she wants to have the baby. Both Mumbai-Pune families are over the moon and start their celebrations. However, both Gautam and Gauri are dealing with their own sets of worries about the new parenthood. The first half deals with the couple talking through an important decision while the second half showcases how they handle the odds as a team. Sure, everything is not fine and dandy at all times but these friends-turned-lovers-turned-parents have each other and their strong loving families for support.

What Works:

While this film is a sequel to two films, it works perfectly well even for those who haven’t watched the earlier films. Like its predecessors, Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 is a breezy seeming film that actually delves deep into the life events of Gautam and Gauri. The film beats the stereotypes and manages to keep the narrative so real. It almost seems like you are in the Pradhan household and are a part of the scene. Supporting cast members reprise their roles from the previous films. Prashant Damle is a delight to watch in both comic and serious scenes. He lends his melodious voice to some songs in the film. The supporting cast will make you want to be a part of that family.

Swwapnil Joshi gives a bang-on performance and is great as a new-age father who is worried about his ability to support his children. His struggle is evident from his facial expressions. His chemistry with Mukta Barve is terrific and you tend to forget that they’re not a couple in real life. Mukta’s strong, stoic performance is certainly the show stealer. She is a strong woman with a great career and has to accept that pregnancy is going to turn her world upside down. She struggles with her anxieties about the impending motherhood, her career, her weight and ennui of just waiting around till the baby comes along. She bares her heart to her mother and then to her husband somewhere before the climax and this scene is probably the best scene in the film. Satish Rajwade’s Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 keeps you engaged till the end with the film’s natural charm.

What Could’ve Been Better:

A few scenes seem a little melodramatic but they do not take away from the film’s affable narrative.

Why You Should Watch:

Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 has a strong script that has been backed by natural, terrific performances. The film has moments of wholesome happiness, relatable moments of sadness and anxiety, conversational dialogues, humorous moments and a great star cast. Book for this joyride over the weekend; you’ll leave the theatres with a good feeling in your heart.