Verdict: A good Marathi comedy after a long time.
Right from the yesteryears of cinema, the concept of identical twins has been fascinating filmmakers. While a lot has been done, it’s refreshing to see Photocopy tell the story differently. Directed by Vijay Maurya, and introducing fresh faces to Marathi cinema, Photocopy does a good job of making a mark for itself in this identical-twins-cause-confusion genre.
Madhu and Mala are identical twins, played by Parna Pethe, and couldn’t be more different from each other. Madhu is a free-spirited, popular college girl with spunk and mediocre academic skills. Mala is the simpler one. She worships her "favorite" Lord Ganesh (she fondly calls Him Ganu). She is compassionate and is studying to be a doctor. The sisters have lost their parents and stay with their hip grandmother (Vandana Gupte). Both the sisters are living their respective lives peacefully, till Sameer Wankhede (Chetan Chitnis) walks into their lives. Sameer is handsome, adorable, rich and perfect. Who wouldn't want to fight over him? Photocopy is all that happens with the three central characters – Madhu, Mala, and Sameer.
The story is quite simple but Photocopy nails it with its crisp narrative and fast pace. The film keeps you engaged till the very end and manages to make you laugh a lot and cry a little. Parna Pethe has done a brilliant job at playing two very different people very convincingly and she does not lose the thread at any point. Chetan Chitnis is a treat to watch; not only is he one of the best-looking Marathi heroes but he also knows his craft very well. The veterans, Vandana Gupte and Girish Oak, make brief but powerful appearances. The gang of friends manages to steal your heart right from the word go. It wouldn't be wrong to say that they contribute heavily to the charm of the movie. While Photocopy is a comedy, it does not fall short on emotions. The film is bound to tug at your heartstrings and a large part of the credit for this goes to the direction and the music.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Photocopy promises to make you laugh and it delivers. The characters are etched out so distinctly that you instantly connect with everyone, without exceptions. The film will draw you in and hold your attention throughout. This weekend, make way for some good family entertainment!