Film Recco : Sandesh Kulkarni’s Masala – The Adventures of Revan-man

Posted: April 25, 2012 by moifightclub in cast & crew, cinema, film, film review, Movie Recco, movie reviews, Regional, reviews
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After working in the television industry for about 15 years in various capacities, Rony D’Costa decided to quit it all and pursue happiness. He generally finds it in dark theatres or under the open sky and write about those adventures here and here. Here’s Rony’s recco post on the marathi film Masala.

“Do you do this for your own happiness?”, when this question is asked to the character played by Dilip Prabhvalkar, a scientist experimenting to create bio fuel, he says, “mi anadasaati kaahich karat naahi. Ananddaani karto”. Loosely translated as, “I don’t do things for happiness. I do it with happiness”. Sandesh Kulkarni’s Masala is filled with such gems of wisdom and is casually thrown in scene after scene by characters straight out of Malgudi Days. It almost works like a self-help movie for entrepreneurs without any high-handed preaching. No wonder then that it reminded me of ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’.

Revan(Girish Kulkarni) and his wife Sarika(Amruta Subhash) keep shuttling from one village to another hiding away from creditors. Not because they are dishonest people but, as it’s shown in one scene, they are more worried about the problems of the people who owe them money. From one failed business to another one quietly supported by his wife, Revan reaches Solapur where he meets Sarika’s long lost cousin (Hrishikesh Joshi) and his wife (Sneha Majgaonkar). Thus begins Revan’s encounters with some crazy, quirky and eccentric characters who ultimately become his family.

The film is not in a hurry to reach its destination. It doesn’t even care about the plot much and to go by traditional rule book, it’s devoid of any conflict too. Debutant director Sandesh Kulkarni invests all the screen time in his characters and their bittersweet life. It works like a Hrishikesh Mukherjee film as Girish Kulkarni’s writing is simple and effective and never resorts to melodrama to make a point. Like RajKumar Hirani’s films, this one also chooses to look at the goodness in human beings, so none of the characters have any shades of black.

I strongly feel that Masala should be made compulsory viewing in business schools and can work as an anti-depressant for people who have given up on their dreams. It also reminded me of ‘The Alchemist’ in the way it talks about finding the treasure within you. Add to that the lilting background score which makes its presence felt only if you choose to focus on it. On acting front, Girish Kulkarni plays the role of Revan with the right amount of innocence and Amruta Subhash ably supports him with the silent portrayal of her character. Hrishikesh Joshi’s character is one of my favorites in the film and Sneha Majgaonkar, who makes her debut with this film, has an infectious smile. I loved the scene in which she tells Sarika about her husband’s problems with a smile on her face as if she is praising him.

It also has one of the most romantic scenes I have seen on the big screen in recent times. The scene when Sarika has to take her husband’s name in the form of an Ukhane (a Marathi custom in which the wife takes her husband’s name in the form of couplets).

The film is loosely based on the life story of Hukmichand Chordia of Pravin Masalewale fame. It looks at their struggle in a lighter vein and with the rose-tinted glasses. The next time I look at a packet of Pravin Masala, scenes from this film will start floating in my head.

  1. fulltoofilmy says:

    Really happy to read a post about Marathi Film written and posted by non marathi people. This shows that film are universal and and not regional. Its high time fo us i.e.the marathi manoos to support this kind of marathi films by flooding to cinema halls and not waiting for it to be shown on the regional channel. Long Live Moifightclub. and thank you Rony Sir for this post.

  2. ronyd says:

    You’re welcome fultoofilmy par sir bahot sharif lagta hai. call me Ron. 🙂

  3. fulltoofilmy says:

    It was through moifightclub on twitter that I came across people like Ron, navjot gulati, Neeraj Ghaywan, Mihir fadnavis and many more who made me fell that its ok if you love films more than anything else.

  4. Varsha says:

    Hi…Yeah thanks to moifightclub on twitter, I am back to watching marathi movies. Watched Shaala on his recco, loved it ! Honestly the era of Laxmikant Berde-Ashok Saraf’s senseless comedies had put me off so much, i thought marathi cinema would not revive! Happy to see the change….hope it continues….:)

    Ron, would surely watch Masala…thnx for the review….

  5. Rasik says:

    Masala is a film which has a lot of heart in it. But i somehow felt at parts the storytelling was not focused. Also though Girish Kulkarni has done a good job i am getting bored by him. He’s again playing the lead in the next film produced by them. 😐

  6. Rasik says:

    Another real good marathi film releasing on May 4th is Ha Bhaarat Maazha(India is my country). It is IMHO the best marathi film i have seen this year. Better than Shala, Baboo Band Baaja and Masala. Also releasing on May 4th is Mahesh Manjrekar’s Kaksparsh which looks very promising.

    Please watch and recco these films as well when they release 🙂

    English Subtitled Masala Shows:

    Sun City(Vile Parle) 1.45pm

    Cinemax : Malad 2.45pm, Grovel Kandivali 12.45pm, Ghatkopar 1.30pm, Wondermall Thane 1.45pm, Eternity Thane 6.15om, Vashi 12.30 pm

    Cinemastar Thane 3.40pm

    PVR: Lower parel 4.25pm, Juhu 2.10pm, Goregaon 3pm, Mulund 3pm

    Broadway Bhandup 2.10pm

    Maxus Bhayander 5.30pm

    Fun Chembur 6.20pm

  7. Rony says:

    Rasik – are they releasing with subtitles?

  8. Rasik says:

    Masala has re-released in Fame Cinemas in Mumbai with English Subtitles. Here are the shows-

    Fame Andheri: 10.10 a.m., 3.10 p.m., 8.10 p.m.
    Fame Malad: 12.35pm, 2.50pm, 10.30pm
    Fame Dahisar: 10.00am, 2.45pm, 7.30pm
    Fame Ghatkopar: 12.30pm, 5.15pm, 10.00pm
    Fame Vashi: 11.00pm, 6.05pm., 10.50pm

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