Analytically, Sandeep Modi’s directorial debut Chumbak (which means magnet) plays with the interpersonal dynamics. It acts as a magnetic pull for Baalu, who has to choose between dream and humanity – even in terms of the characterisation and situations, there’s an opposite force which makes the situational drama humorous.
Chumbak (The Lottery – English Title) begins with a dream – a sugarcane shop being set up cut-to the sugarcane juice spilling from the table on the floor, now being cleaned by water which collects dirt resembling a similar greenish colour lashing over a 15-year old Baalu (Sahil Jadhav). Baalu’s dreams are shattered when he makes an investment which turns out to be a fraudulent company. Baalu now cons people by offering people by a lottery scheme since he lost faith in people, but ends up conning a mentally-challenged man. Baalu has to choose between his dream and humanity…
As the events unfold in a delightful and humanistic manner, Writer Saurabh Bhave and Director Sandeep Modi weave in simple yet highly effective story. Sandeep Modi directs with utmost sensitivity, the scenes flow directly into the soul accompanied with visually stunning and captivating Cinematography by Rangarajan Ramabadran warms the viewing. Never did the makers went overboard in terms of handling the psychological ordeal and the stupid world around him – dimwit as people call him, while the world is so. Induced by humour and satire inside a hefty heart of humanity, Akshay Kumar’s presented Marathi film wins the lottery of the Best Film.
This is a capsule review because Sandeep Modi’s journey rewarded my inner-self as a smile lasted throughout. Probably, the film starts where Amole Gupte’s Stanley Ka Dabba (2011) ends and goes beyond. The characters close to reality are spearheaded brilliantly by, Sahil Jadhav, the innocence striking on his face yet the want is gently performed. Lyricist Swanand Kirkire playing mentally-challenged man stuns delivering a phenomenal performance, a complete surprise package.
Chumbak is a heart-warming human story, highly recommend.
Release: 27 July, 2018
Originally published on 16 October, 2017 during 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. Copyright ©2017 Ninad Kulkarni. This article may not be reproduced in its entirety without permission. A link to this URL, instead, would be appreciated.