Name of the Film: Veeraat Veer Maratha
Date of release: 6th November 2015
Producer: Victor Raghav
Director: Amol Arwind Bhave
Artistes: Aryamaan, Tanvi Kishore, Victor Raghav, Reema Lagoo, Shashank Darne, Swagata Beheke, Pratik & others.
Music: Sanjay Sharma
DOP: Harish Sawant, Mahesh Rajan
At a time when Marathi films are going worldwide because of their strong scripts, there are some film makers who still believe in offering ‘old wine in a new bottle’. Latest released Marathi film ‘Veeraat Veer Maratha’ falls in this category.
This film offers a typical Bollywood formula of the 80’s, presenting a handsome Police officer Shiva Pawar (Aryamaan), who believes in killing criminals in encounters instead of arresting them. But in the process, he draws the wrath of a dreaded criminal Babar Bihari (Vittor Raghav) from Bihar, whose brother is killed in an encounter by Shiva. Babar arrives in Mumbai and takes revenge by attacking Shiva’s family members, comprising of his mother (Reema Lagoo), sister (Swagata Beheke), and Shiva’s wife (Tanvi Kishore).
The film is technically well made, with good background music and excellent cinematography by Harish Sawant and Mahesh Rajan. On many occasions, you feel as if you are watching a dubbed version of Hindi or a South Indian film. Aryaman, who has already worked in south films, does well as an action hero. Tanvi Kishore plays her lead role well too, despite limitations in the script.
‘Veeraat Veer Maratha’ is your regular entertainer with all the ingredients necessary to cook a recipe tried and tested by hundreds of filmmakers since the late 70’s. To be precise, there is emotion, there is comedy, there is romance and there is action, but the presentation part is nothing but patch work of scenes noticed in many Bollywood films of the past. By the way, there is also a violence filled climax scene, copied from Marathi blockbuster ‘Lai Bhari’. Certainly, not the right choice for real Marathi film lovers.