Sunday, 5 January 2014

Film Review - Timepass

Straight From The Heart

Film: Timepass (Marathi)
Cast: Prathamesh Parab, Ketaki Mategaonkar, Vaibhav Mangale
Directed by: Ravi Jadhav
Duration: 2 hrs 20 mins
Rating: * * *

Director Ravi Jadhav scored at the box office with Balak Palak and his latest venture Timepass is more than just what the title suggests. It offers some solid entertainment and also makes some valid points about the society.

If the Nagraj Manjule’s brilliant Fandry was about the caste divide, Timepass delves on class but with a slightly lesser intensity. There is also common link between Sujay Dakahe’s Shaala, Fandry and this film – they all have an adolescent love story around which everything else revolves.

Dagadu (Prathamesh Parab who also acted in Jadhav’s Balak Palak) is a young guy who has failed repeatedly in Std. X. His father who drives and auto rickshaw to make ends meet, kicks him out of the house and Dagadu becomes a newspaper delivery boy. One day he sees Prajakta (Ketaki Mategaonkar, playing a similar role to the one in Shaala) and instantly falls in love.

Now Dagadu is not the ‘smartest’ guy around, he is more like what is conventionally referred to as a tapori. But he is a sincere and earnest boy who wears his heart on his sleeve and that’s the reason the girl falls for him. Her background couldn’t be more contrasting though – her father (Vaibhav Mangale) is a disciplinarian who wants to raise his daughter with ‘traditional values’. Interestingly though, in a conversation with the rickshaw driver, he mentions that doesn’t believe in the class divide but is more concerned because the boy whom his daughter loves is uneducated and coarse in the way he speaks.  

For most parts, the film will have you in splits and that is primarily because of Dagadu’s character and his lines, which are some what similar to Munnabhai’s lingo. It is only in the last lap that the film looks a bit stretched and labors a bit.

Technically, the film is quite polished and the songs are well shot and integrated in the story. Prathamesh Parab deserves an A for his acting and has a terrific sense of comic timing. Ketaki Mategaonkar has been there done that but it has to be done again and she fares well.

Timepass offers some wholesome entertainment and is eminently worth a watch.

Published in The Navhind Times on 5th Jan 2014 


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