Name of the film: Lord of Shingnapur
Date of Release: 8th January 2016
Produced By: Rathod Film Productions
Written & Directed By: Raj Rathod
Artistes : Milind Gunaji, Sudhir Dalvi, Manoj Joshi, Varsha Usgaonkar, Ashish Kulkarni, Vaibhavi Shandilya, Rahul Mahajan
Music: Farhan Shaikh
DOP: Prashant Jadhav
Films based on mythology have their own audience, provided the film is presented well with the help of gripping screenplay. Latest released Marathi film ‘Lord of Shingnapur’ talks about the bad influence of Lord Shani, which disturbs a person’s life at a particular period when Saturn enters his zodiac sign. The film goes on to tell all such stories of the power of Lord Shani, who has not even spared Lord Brahmadev and Lord Mahadev.
So, how can two young lovers Rohit (Ashutosh Kulkarni) and Neha(Vaibhavi Shandilya) escape from his clutches? When Rohit marries beautiful Neha, who is an orphan, she is not welcomed in the family by his father (Manoj Joshi). His mother (Varsha Usgaonkar), who approves the girl, feels hurt; but is helpless. When Rohit and Neha leave the house, Lord Shani casts his shadow on the two lovers, causing a drastic turn in events.
The two hour long film picks up with its screenplay only in the post-interval session, when we notice some interesting happenings and unheard stories from mythology. Their intimate scenes have been captured well by cinematographer Farhan Shaikh. Vaibhavi, who has also looked good in all those scenes, shines with the beautiful costumes designed for her. She looks like a promising actress in Marathi. Varsha Usgaonkar makes her presence felt through few scenes to her share; but Manoj Joshi is a waste in this film. Even Rahul Mahajan is just for name sake in this film. Milind Gunaji and Sudhir Dalvi have played their respective roles convincingly; so has the actor playing the head of Ashram in the film. But selection of other junior artistes and their dialogue delivery and body language is not satisfying.
There is a sincere effort from writer-director Raj Rathod to narrate the importance and stories of Lord Shani, but he has failed to create that desired impact through the love story of Rohit and Neha. Therefore, it remains to be seen how the audience from big cities respond to this film. But, the film might find better support from audience from small towns and district places.