Producer Raees Lashkaria and director Avadhoot Gupte, have offered their latest Marathi film ‘Ek Tara’, which is an emotion filled story of a young singer, who lives in the village off Alandi, in Maharashtra. Dnyaneshwar Lokhande alias Mauli (Santosh Juvekar) sings devotional songs at a temple in his village, carrying forward the tradition of his late father. He takes part in a reality music show held in Mumbai and wins the contest with his Golden voice. During the final round, he is joined by his girl friend Chatura (Urmila Nimbalkar) and close friend (Sagar Karande).
After winning the contest, Mauli receives a contract from Urjaa Gupte (Tejaswini Pandit) a programme producer of a channel and she takes the responsibility of all his requirements. In the meanwhile, Mauli returns to his village and as per the wish of his Grandfather, gets married to Chatura and returns to Mumbai. As Mauli progresses in his singing career, he is lured by the luxuries and glamour of this field. While on tour, he even comes closer to Urjaa, who being a foreign returned divorcee, believes in ‘live-in relationship’ with him. Mauli’s excessive drinking habits and abusing his friend and wife, forces them to leave him alone in the company of Urjaa.
The story of the film seems to be almost over, by interval; but director Avadhoot Gupte and screenplay writer Sachin Darekar have a lot to show in the post interval session. It is all about success going into the head of Mauli, after gaining name and fame. And, thus we see all that, what we have witnessed in many Bollywood films, with similar type of stories. Finally, it is happy reunion of Mauli and his wife, with his son also gifted with a good musical voice. Then, we see Mauli explaining to his son to keep his feet firmly on the ground, no matter however successful he becomes in his life.
Director Avadhoot Gupte seems to have selected this script, to present his favourite hero Santosh in a different way. Till now, you have seen the action filled angry young man in Santosh; but in this film, you will notice his emotion filled character of Mauli, who realizes his mistake after moving on a wrong track. Santosh has played his role well. Good support comes from Tejaswini Pandit, as his co star; but her character of Urjaa is not very convincing. However, wonderful performances come from Urmila Nimbalkar ('Diya aur Baati Hum' serial fame) who plays Mauli’s wife and Sagar Karande (Fu bai Fu’ fame), who plays his close friend from village. Both these artistes have displayed their emotions very well in the film. Sunil Tawde, Mangesh Desai and Chaitanya Chandratre have limited scope, but they have done well in supporting roles.
Lyrics penned by Guru Thakur and Avadhoot Gupte are good; but except for the two songs, the other songs haven’t been picturised well. Therefore Avadhoot Gupte as a music director, is not noticed, except for the last title song. To present this simple story, the film has been stretched too long in the post interval session. Therefore, ‘Ek Tara’ has turned out to be a serious type of musical film, with a certain quotient of entertaining value in it.
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