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04 Nov, 2016
2 hrs 23 mins
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Every year, the Kamerkar family comes together in their ancestral village to celebrate, with aplomb, the Ganpati festival. This year, with three days to go for the festival, a doyen of the family, the much-loved Gajju kaka, goes into a coma. He is put on life support - the ventilator. Chaos ensues. Gajju kaka is in a hospital in Mumbai. From Mumbai, from the coastal village of the Karmekar clan, from the United States of America, family members pour into the hospital.The hospital reception and corridors become the venues for comic mishaps, arguments, religious endeavours and reconciliation.By the time the ever-generous elephant God arrives in the homes of his earthly flock, more than one member of the Karmekar family has been taught a valuable life lesson by the Ventilator.
Verdict: A Maharashtrian family drama that comes with a molten center. No family is normal. Every family has issues. And when you are a part of a huge tightly-knit family, fights and arguments are bound to happen. Even with all the problems, happiness always manages to make an unexpected appearance, which somewhat helps you diffuse […]... ...Read full review
The list of must-watch Marathi films of recent times just registered an addition in the form of `Ventilator`. This Priyanka Chopra production is a beautiful journey of relationships, emotions, misunderstandings and priorities that are a part of many families. ...Read full review
In a scene from this film, the distraught wife of the geriatric plugged onto a life support device, crinkles her face while detailing the events that led to the man`s present state. "He just had his morning tea and khari and left for Dadar market to shop for vegetables." Over the course of the film, she repeats these lines multiple times to different audiences who`d drop by to commiserate. While her situation evokes empathy, the uniformity of her narrative and consistent doleful tone lend themselves to black comedy. About how most respond to the inevitable conclusion of life, this one also delves into the unspoken resentment that fragments the relationship shared by fathers and sons, often triggered by misconceptions. But for the large part, it`s a comedy that leans on eccentric characters and slippery situations. ...Read full review
Marathi film Ventilator, which marks the acting comeback of Ashutosh Gowariker, sure has a large cast. It revolves around the Karmarkar family, who is supposed to meet in their ancestral home in Maharashtra`s Konkan region for the Ganpati festival. ...Read full review
Gaju kaka is on a ventilator, being treated for an illness no one in his Kamerkar clan has any clue about. More than the patriarchs illness, however, the family is besieged with bigger concerns. The mad scramble among family members to pay the customary hospital visit threatens to throw preparations for Ganeshotsava, which is only a week away, completely out of gear. ...Read full review



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