Rearranging the famous Dylan Thomas poem, “Though wise men at their end know dark is right. Do not go gentle into that good night, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Girish Jayant Joshi’s television serial Rudram managed to strike a chord, he now debuts with TC GN (Take Care, Good Night) handling the direction, story, screenplay and dialogues. It’s not about how perfect the film is, it’s about how Cinema has a medium reaches with an interesting plot as well as relevant subject-matter without preachment, which knocks down the think tank. Being a quintessential thoughtful blend of cyber crime and relationships, Girish manages to unfold a complex situation downright.
Avinash (Sachin Khedekar), now retired lives with his counselor wife Asavari (Iravati Harshe), daughter Sanika (Parna Pethe) while his son Sameer (Abhay Mahajan) studies abroad. They’re an everyday family whose life is turned upside down when a cyber criminal (Aadinath Kothare) starts attacking them- first, Avinash’s bank account is scammed and second, videos of Sanika are put up online. What comes next is the retaliation of the family with help of Police Inspector (Mahesh Manjrekar).
With the watertight screenplay, the film leaves an impact – it delivers what it sets out to; Girish has blended emotions, technology and relationships in a commendable manner charged with terrific drama and potential humor. In a particular scene, Sanika is doubtful about her sexual orientation and talks about it with a stranger instead of her counselor Mother; pretty well explains the existing relationship dynamics with regard to a generation gap. Structured smartly enough to provoke our thought process while keeping us on the edge-of-the-seat and the realism around us. Narendra Bhide’s raging and engaging background score, quintessential thriller film score helps boost the visual drama
And Girish Joshi brings out the best from an ensemble cast featuring Sachin Khedekar, Irawati Harshe, Parna Pethe, Aadinath Kothare and Mahesh Manjrekar. Sachin Khedekar’s delicate and powerful performance in his third film as a Father (Muramba, Baapjanma). While Mahesh Manjrekar’s character initially looks tailor-made but he stuns with a nuanced and intriguing performance.
Take Care, Good Night is an interesting and relevant film thoughtfully blended, a must watch. And a subtle yet visible layer is of a metropolitan family fighting for stability and pride in an already chaotic world.
Release: 31 August, 2018
Originally published on 17 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.