Mumbai Pune Mumbai (2010) was a smashing surprise venture – now rightly considered as a classic. While Mumbai Pune Mumbai 2 (2015) was tenterhooks and sheer disappointment; Rajwade fights back and lands with a better successor. Satish Rajwade convincingly directs a simple and straightforward story in an engaging manner, highly predictable yet it engrosses solely upon its simplicity and dialogues. First part had a novel and uniqueness in terms of storytelling that was new to Marathi Cinema (secretly derived from Before series), but it was rooted in cultural pathos of Mumbai & Pune. Hence, to come up with a plain plot and skilfully hook the audience in observant pathos of parenthood is commendable.
Writers Satish Rajwade, Pallavi Rajwade & Ashwini Shende team up for a rollercoaster which outbreaks the “well-planned” relationship dynamics. Gautam (Swapnil Joshi) and Gauri (Mukta Barve) conceive an accidental baby which setbacks their career aspirations and planning. Satish Rajwade nitpicks the nuances of a middle-class household and the generational pestering, ultimately bringing in a tickling conflict. But more than anything, there’s an integral conflict of responsibility – where a marriage merely doesn’t stand for two people but two houses. Rajwade perfectly balances the equal stature of a Mother and a Father, the responsibility and sustainability is maturely outspoken throughout. Soon, the hysterical drama turns in a melodrama in an overwrought second half running at 142 minutes. It feels like a never-ending daily soap, an edit pattern with unnecessary reaction shots, rippling slow-motion shots and a Sooraj Barjatya-like family ensemble.Mukta Barve delivers a fantastic performance, with an ease and emotions which can be easily connected. Her anxiety about motherhood, career, weight and void before the baby’s arrival is heart-wrenching, she melts into Gauri’s character. Swapnil Joshi’s child like charm is nerve-wreaking but plays it with total conviction. Their crackling chemistry is a major element in holding your attention, and they cakewalk while melting the heart. They are supported by a stellar ensemble including Prashant Damle, Mangal Kenkare, Savita Prabhune, Rohini Hattangadi and Suhas Joshi. While Damle’s humour is hilarious, Vijay Kenkare’s character felt left out.
Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 would’ve been a better conversational film like part one, but wholesome happiness and observant elements rise up amidst a melodramatic downpour – making it an affable bumpy ride.
Release: 07 December, 2018
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