After a babe in a bikini, the new next-gen Marathi movie on the block features a dude in boxers, but it’s no fun. Hemant Dabhade’s ‘Saad’ introduces two new faces, that are easy on the eye, but deliver nothing in the acting department.
What’s it about?
Malaysia-based Rahul Devsthali (Analesh Desai) conducts a planchette to contact his dead grandmother, because he wants her advice about where he should choose to work next – India or USA. The spirit of his grandmother reveals to him that he’s been adopted and so Rahul immediately chooses India to find out who his ‘blood’ mother is, leaving his foster parents heartbroken. Rahul’s girlfriend (Avantika Salian) helps him through his journey and his search for his mother makes for the rest of ‘Saad’.
A still from the film
There’s aren’t too many good looking actors in the Marathi industry now and so when you watch a lead actor with a great body and good face, it comes as a pleasant surprise, but the excitement fades away the moment you hear him open his mouth. Analesh Desai, who makes his debut with ‘Saad’ might have thought his good looks would carry him through but a great face is no guarantee of acting skills. Bharat Jadhav, who’s hardly a looker, can make us laugh with a simple wink and even the potbellied Ashok Saraf is adorable. In comparison, it’s hard to take Analesh seriously, and especially when his introduction scenes features him in nothing but his underwear.
‘Saad’ has many flaws. To begin with, the story itself is a big letdown. Planchette in a Marathi film? You’ve got to be kidding us! And if that is not enough, we have actresses in bawdy makeup, who make us cringe in our seats with their tears and shrieks. Technically too, the film is a disappointment. Scenes in Malaysia are filmed against a blue-screen backdrop and in this day and age, they’re not fooling anyone and certainly not us.
There are many pointless characters introduced that drag the film unnecessarily and one such is that of Ila Bhate’s. The potential of this veteran actress was totally wasted. She could have been cast as the mother, but the agents thought a thirty-year-old would look better than a sixty-year-old for the role. The music of the film is also not noteworthy.
What to do?
Don’t waste your time on this one. It’s ridiculous, irrational fare.
in.com rating: 1.5/5
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