Madhuri Dixit produces 15 August, the second Marathi language project that’s live on Netflix. The short film stars Rahul Pethe, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Adinath Kothare and others. Here’s our complete review of the Netflix Original.
Raju and Jui live in the same chawl and are desperately in love with each other. However, Jui’s parents are against the relationship, because Raju is still just a budding painter. The whole chawl is agog with preparations for the Independence Day, and that is also the day when Jui gets another marriage proposal visit. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
What’s Wow : The Mumbai Chawl culture is a dying one, so its good that the scriptwriters set this story in a chawl. And its said that the chawl culture is dying, because some of the most heart-warming stories come from this. The story and the characters are as believable as they come. August 15 is a trump up from many of the films that are masquerading around as urban Mumbai stories. The problems are real, the characters are real, and every situation will make the audience remember simpler, innocent times of an era gone by.
The script is intriguing and keeps the audience engaged, if not hooked onto. Mrunmayee Deshpande is a favorite and she rises to the occasion. Rahul Pethe as the artists who hasn’t yet got his due is enamouring. Adinath Kothare as the man who believes in doing what’s right is an inspiration. While these are the three main characters, August 15 has that hallmark of good Marathi content – quirky supporting characters that connect with the audience immediately.
The film isn’t al warm-hearted romance thought. The script takes time to make potshots on almost everything that’s badgered us nowadays – whether its fundamentalism or government apathy. Swapnaneel Jayakar brings to fore the chawl life like never.
What’s Blah : August 15 has all the punches of a good, bittersweet commercial film. Two storylines run parallel. While one of them has a satisfying ending, the other does not.
Parting Shot : 15 August is a must watch for the simplicity of it all.
Cast & Crew :
Cast: Rahul Pethe, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Adinath Kothare
Director: Swapnaneel Jayakar
Watch the trailer here :