If the title brings to your mind mindless prancing around trees to the tune of some catchy number, no one can blame you- we are conditioned to think that way when it comes to Indian cinema. Tya Ratri Paus Hota however is different. It rains cats and dogs alright, but the setting is for something sombre, something relevant, the healing of relationships and the relief that comes from just knowing.
A badly beaten Avinash is brought to a farmhouse while an impending fate looms over him. Turns out that he is a reporter and dares to challenge a local politician, Sripat, probing into the welfare status of his constituency. The farmhouse is also shelter to a group of young people, who happen to campaign for Sripat, one of whom happens to be Avinash’s sister, Ravee. The two haven’t seen each other for 12 years and the chance encounter first surprises them and then exposes the emotional scars they have been carrying for so long, since their parents parted ways and the beautiful life they once shared got replaced with deceit, sorrows and gross misunderstanding.
Gajendra Ahire is known for making socially relevant films, where the focus is the common man. Tya Ratri Paus Hota also meanders on those lines coming close, if not on par with movies like Not Only Mrs Raut and Pandhar (where Medha Patkar was the star performer). Starting on a snail’s pace, the movie picks up momentum and manages to keep interests up throughout.
Though they feature in flashback for most of the time, it’s impossible to notice Sonali Kulkarni and Sayaji Shinde, while Amrita Subhash as a junkie med-student delivers well but only in parts. The songs have soul but seem out of place in a movie that wants to portray reality. Those who miss quality cinema should flock to watch Tya Ratri Paus Hota. It’s movies like these that bring kudos to Marathi cinema.