Name of the Film: Sarpanch Bhagirath
Date of Release: 4 March 2016
Producer: Shivkumar Lad
Director: Ramdas Phutane
Music: Sambhaji Bhagat
Artistes: Upendra Limaye, Veena Jamkar, Dr.Mohan Agashe, Swarangi Marathe, Kishore Kadam, Savita Malpekar, Jaymala Inamdar and others.
Power Politics has spread in all sections of the society. Especially, in rural sectors where it can go to any extent. The new film releasing this week, Sarpanch Bhagirath, presents one such touching and realistic happening in a village. The film is produced by Shivkumar Lad and is directed by Ramdas Phutane, who returns to direction after 19 years, having made Sarvasakshi many years ago.
A young Sarpanch of the village (Upendra Limaye) is in deep trouble when he realizes that he may have to give up his prestigious post if his wife delivers their third baby since the couple has not followed rules of family planning. So on the advice of his Political Guru (Dr. Mohan Agashe), he takes a drastic step at a time when his wife is 4 months pregnant. Knowing about her husband’s decision, his wife (Veena Jamkar) gets upset. Here we see the development of the story of this film revolving around this issue.
Though the content of the film is limited, we notice how the greed for power, can change the attitude of the people. In this equation of profit and loss, we also notice Hindu-Muslim riots in the village. Wonderful performances by all the artistes is the plus point of this film. Actor Upendra Limaye has always shown his commitment to rural-based issues. Therefore, his character looks more realistic. Veena Jamkar who reminds us of Late Smita Patil, through various characters played by her so far, gets quickly adapted to the type of role she is more comfortable with, in this film. Good support comes from the supporting roles played by Dr. Mohan Agashe, Swarangi Marathe, Kishore Kadam, Savita Malpekar and Jaymala Inamdar. Sambhaji Bhagat has composed great music that fits well on beautiful lyrics. The songs are such that they criticize caste politics. Above all, politicians like Sharad Pawar and Sushilkumar Shinde have also expressed their frank views on caste politics through this film. The film has succeeded in presenting a realistic picture of village level politics; which is to be appreciated.