Pitruroon: Film Review

We come across several stories in our lives. Some make us happy while others make us sad, some make us both both happy and sad. However, there are some stories that are beyond happiness and joy, and beyond smiles, laughs and tears. Pitruroon is such a story. It gives you everything and in the end leaves you empty.

Fate often leaves us dumbfounded. We fight, struggle, work hard, dream, nurture those dreams and plan everything. We think that everything is going by the plan that we’ve charted for ourselves. But suddenly, one fine day, with the turn of fate, (if at all such a thing exists) our world and our efforts come crashing down. And we can do nothing, but watch them come crashing down before our eyes.

Pitruroon is the story of fate. The fate of it’s characters and the crossroads that it brings them at.
 
The film is based on a story written in Kannada by Sudha Moorthy, and is directed by Nitish Bharadwaj. Bhardwaj, through his craft tells Moorthy’s extraordinary tale in the simplest way. 
 
Venkatesh Kulkarni (Sachin Khedekar), an archaeologist by profession, is ironically compelled to dig into his own past. What he discovers changes his perception of life. 
 
Most of the film is set in a Konkan village. Typical village scenes, greenery, lifestyle of the villagers, their chatter and the simplicity of their thoughts is presented in a genuine way. 
 
The cinematography of the film is commendable. As you watch the film you will realize, that each frame has been captured with utmost care and in keeping in mind, the aesthetic nature of the setting and the story.
 
 
 
Laudable performances have been put in by Sachin Khedekar, Tanuja, Suhas Joshi and Ketki Vilas.
 
 
Once the epitome of beauty, Tanuja packs a powerful performance as she plays the role of a frail yet, strong-willed widow, Bhagirathi. Having tonsured her head for this role, Tanuja’s look in the film is believable and applause-worthy.
 
 
Sachin Khedekar plays a double role in the film and proves his acting prowess by playing two opposing roles, that of a village simpleton and a city-bred, educated archaeologist.
 
 
Suhas Joshi, as a pained widow, puts up a believable performance.
 
 
Ketki Vilas, who plays the role of a younger Bhagirathi, also puts up a praise-worthy performance, first as a newly-wed and later asa grief-stricken widow.
 
The story of the film is fuelled with mystery. For the longest time, the viewer is in a maze trying to figure whether, the tragedy in the lives of these people has been brought upon because of a co-incidence or a heart-wrenching truth.
 
 
Although thrilling, the film brims with emotions. Minus one for the songs in the film.
 
 
All in all, the film is brilliant and is based on the kind of stories that are less explored.

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