Runh: Film Review – A powerful story with an uncertain end

Marathi cinema has always been successful in delivering powerful films on the box office. With competent storylines and strong screen presence of the actors, the movies are usually a cinematic delight for the audience. Vishal Gaikwad‘s Runh was no exception. Touching a very sensitive topic, Runh is based on the plight of the third gender and our society’s view of them. The film also focuses upon issues like poverty and the dilemma of surviving in a big city in the hindsight. The highlight of the film though, has to be the relationship between Rani, a eunuch and Sanjay, a new boy in the city which has been showcased beautifully.

The film starts off on an interesting note, but then goes off track with the whole ‘Boy meets world’ story. For the lead character, Sanjay played by Omkar Govardhan, the move from a small village to a big city was not a good one. He’s tried, tested and tormented by everyone, right from his teachers to his roommates. But every dark cloud has a silver lining, and for him it was Rani (Narayani Shastri). The story is simple but is laced with subtle nuances of life, love and struggle of a common man. For Narayani Shastri, who made her comeback in Marathi film industry after 10 years, it was a very bold move to take up such a challenging role. Although, to say that she did justice to the character would be going a little far. Talking about doing justice to the character, a special mention should definitely go out to Manoj Joshi. Even though his screen time was limited, he delivered a performance with finesse. One might say, he even overshadowed a few lead characters.
Overall, the film was a delight to watch, and will definitely leave you thinking about the ways and wonders of our society. For such a powerful storyline, the end, however, will disappoint you a little. But taking into account the fact that this is a real life incident, and it would be unfair on the director’s part to alter anything drastically, the film does justice to the subject.

Why should you watch the film?
There are very few movies which portray the real struggles and torment faced by the third gender. For the film to bring out such a brutal yet honest story amongst the masses is a reason enough to go watch it. This is one of those rare stories with a strong social message and a simplistic beauty of narrative.

By Ekta Shetty


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