Movie Review: Taaryanche Bait

Movie Review: Taaryanche Bait

April 10th, 2011  |  YahaWaha Published in Bollywood Movie Reviews  |  20 Comments

Marathi Film Review

Taaryanche Bait: Beautifully Narrated

Rating: 3.5 out of 5*

Starring: Sachin Khedekar, Ashwini Giri, master Ishaan Tambe, Vinay Apte & Kishore Kadam

Director: Kiran Yadnyopavit

Review by Dr. Mandar Joglekar

Taaryanche Bait (Island of Stars) is a simple and emotional story beautifully narrated by Maharashtra State award-winning writer turned filmmaker Kiran Yadnyopavit. We all want to fulfill the dreams of our family and the dreams of our kids to the best of our ability. While some dreams are beyond one’s capacity, few are actually possible to achieve. However in the journey towards fulfilling these dreams, the constant struggle that runs in our minds is between morality v/s the materialistic enjoyments.

The film narrates the story about a father who struggles to keep the promise given to his kid. Shreedhar Surve ( Sachin Khedekar) is a government clerk living in a small village in Konkan. He takes his family to Mumbai for a picnic and his son (Ishaan Tambe) expresses his desire to have a day’s stay in a five star hotel. Now for a lower income earning group person it is an unaffordable wish to fulfill. But he still agrees to his son’s wish on one condition that he should top his class in his next examination. His son takes it seriously and starts studying harder increasing the worries of the father. But then..does he come first? Does Shreedhar succeed in fulfilling his son’s dream? While keeping the promise given to the kid, Shreedhar realizes his financial limitations but learns the higher truth of life about dignity and self respect.

Saurabh Bhave’s story is wonderful and the screenplay perfectly etched out by Bhave himself along with Kiran Yadnyopavit and Shailesh Dupare. This screenplay has in fact won the Best Script Award at the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF). Avoiding the temptation to fall prey to melodrama, Yadnyopavit keeps the emotions subtle yet effective. The school examination sequence has turned out good. Also, the scene where the father and the kid talk to god in the temple is very well written and enacted. Only issue is that the end appears a bit abrupt. Despite it being his debut directorial film, Yadnyopavit has done a brilliant job. He is a respected name in Marathi Drama scene and established himself as a film writer.

There are some delightfully etched out characters in the film such as the insurance agent Kambli (Kishor Kadam), policeman (Jaywant Wadkar) and the share broker (Vinay Apte). The character of Mahadev (Shashank Shende) who is forever after Shreedhar to buy his old boat is hilarious. National Award winner Sudhir Palsane’s camera captures Konkan’s village and seashores refreshingly well.

What lifts the film to greater heights are the performances by every single actor involved. Sachin Khedekar is excellent expressing the happiness and frustration of a loving father. He has effectively brought out the dilemma that he is shown stuck in. No wonder he won the best actor award for this role at PIFF. Ishaan Tambe is amazingly natural and a talent to watch out for. Ashwini Giri playing his wife and Asmita Joglekar playing his daughter are good in their parts.

Music by Nandakumar Ghanekar and a song by Mugdha Vaishampayan have turned out well. Background score by Narendra Bhide catches the mood of the film well.

Taaryanche Bait comes as a refreshing change in the era of over the top comedies releasing week after week. The treatment of this movie reminds us of those old great masterpieces by Rajabhau Paranjape and Ga.Di. Madgulkar. A good story always touches our hearts and this is one of them. One sincerely hopes this movie does well and more such sensible story based cinema comes for betterment of the Marathi film industry.

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