We have seen adolescent love tackled as a subject in the past through Marathi films like ‘Shala’ and ‘Time Pass’. A somewhat similar kind of situation has been presented in the newly released film ‘Slambook’. However, it has been presented more effectively than its predecessors to make it more poignant. The emotion filled climax of this film, is something that will tug at your heart-strings.
The story of this film is set in Aurangabad. A small family comprising a girl, boy and their parents, shifts from Pune to Samata Nagar in Aurangabad. Opposite their house lives a teenager, Hriday, along with his uncle, aunt and grandparents. Hriday, who is about 17-years-old, falls in love with the 16-year-old girl Aparna, who has just arrived with her family. The boy becomes friendly with the girl and is sure that she loves him too. The girl too finds herself drawn to the boy and his innocent charms. When the girl’s father discovers this situation, he decides to leave Aurangabad with his family.
12 years later, an older Hriday comes to know about the arrival of a young female dental surgeon in his town. He is curious to meet her. His memories are shown through a flashback in this film.
Director Ruturaj Dhalgade has maintained a strong emotional theme throughout the film. This has helped create an impact on the audience. Both Shantanu Rangnekar and Ritika Shrotri have performed their respective teenage characters very realistically. The character of Hriday, played by Shantanu, has deliberately been bestowed with ordinary looks to suit the requirement of the story. Ritika also plays her part to the letter; she seems effortless and natural with her acting! Aparna’s elder version has been portrayed by Mrunmayee Deshpande.
The role of Hriday’s grandfather has been played by veteran Dilip Prabhavalkar, who is sympathetic towards Hriday in his quest for love. Aparna’s parents have been played by Abhijit Chavan and Supriya Pathare, with great conviction. Usha Nadkarni is seen in a cameo, while Shruti Marathe impresses with her good dance performance.
This film has good scope for music. The film has been released without too many promotions. Hopefully, this should not come in the way of film’s success, especially when it is such a commendable effort.
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