Directed by Rahul Jadhav, Murder Mestri follows the story of a postman, Prabhakar, who has an unusual habit. He likes reading other people’s post. He gets away with this for a while, until curiosity gets the better of him, and he starts keeping a few letters for himself. He enjoys prying into the lives of others, until one day, someone finds out that he hides letters. The news spreads like wildfire and the people beat him to a pulp, and humiliate him in front of everyone. Prabhakar’s daughter watches everything, and is inconsolable. All she wants is for her father to do something that will make her proud. In order to do something big, Prabhakar sets out to work again.
But old habits die hard, and he’s back to reading post in no time. However, this time, he finds a letter that says a certain Madhav Mestri will be killed by his wife. Spurred on by his desire to make his daughter proud, he tries to find and save Mestri. But hang on, what’s a film without some confusion? We then find out that there are three Madhav Mestris – a good performance by Dilip Prabhavalkar, a blubbering Sanjay Khapre and Vikas Kadam.
The rest of the film delves into the stories of all three Mestris, and how chaos ensues in their married lives. The plot is okay, with no glaring loopholes, but the twist in the end is a tad disappointing. However, the real treat Murder Mestri offers is the female leads, played by Vandana Gupte, who turns in an honest performance, Kranti Redkar, who has a few funny moments, and Manasi Naik, who sizzles on screen. Dilip Prabhavalkar shines as always, and you almost feel sorry for the unfortunate men. Hrishikesh Joshi as Prabhakar is more of a dithering fool as a character, but delivers a convincing performance.
Why Should You Watch the Film?
All in all, Murder Mestri is an enjoyable film, with some good comic moments and commendable performances by the senior actors. Catch it over the weekend for a few laughs!