Name of the Film: ‘Chiranjeev’
Release date: 15th January 2016
Producer: Ramdas Menon
Director: Ramesh More
DOP: Sameer Athlye
Artistes: Bharat Jadhav, Bhargavi Chirmule, Alka Athlye, Ravi Kale, Kishore Kadam, Prasad Oak, Suvasini Deshpande
Every actor has a wish to come out of his branded image and therefore is always in search of such a role. Bharat Jadhav also used to think the same. He has finally found one such memorable role in director Ramesh More’s film ‘Chiranjeev’.
Actually, the story of this film is based on a Malayalam film. But director Ramesh More skillfully presented it on the backdrop of Konkan, where black magic and blind faith were openly practiced at some places. There was a belief that if a person gets disturbed after seeing a procession taken on horses, he is treated as a lunatic by the villagers. Even in his own house, he is treated as a stranger.
In one such family, a devotee of Lord Ganesha (Ravi Kale) is treated in such a way. Even his elder brother (Kishore Kadam) disowns him. When this devotee commits suicide, some villagers point out that his son (Bharat Jadhav) also behaves strangely. However, his wife (Bhargavi Chirmule) and mother (Alka Athalye) know that he is normal. The villagers, however, try to prove that he is mad, through small occurrences in his day-to-day life. His growing agony is what the film is about.
The film has been shot at picturesque Konkan, which is a real treat to the eyes. More appealing is Bharat Jadhav’s performance, especially at the time when he is declared a lunatic. Apart from him, good support comes from Kishore Kadam, Alka Athalye, Bhargavi Chirmule, Ravi Kale, Suvasini Deshpande and others through their small roles. The film has a look of a festival film.
Director Ramesh More has already received a National Award for the film ‘Champion’. While presenting this film, he has very cleverly used the song devoted to Lord Ganesha. Those who wish to watch something different, should definitely not miss this film. Last but not the least, Cameraman Sameer Athalye has very effectively presented this tale through his camera.