14 Oct 2016
Ghantaa Marathi Movie Review | Amey Wagh, Aaroh Velankar, Saksham Kulkarni
- Star Cast : Aroh Velankar, Amey wagh, Saksham kulkarni, Shivani Surve, Anuja Sathe, Kishor Kadam, Pushkar Shrotri, Viju Khote, Murli Sharma, Bhau Kadam, Kanchan Pagare, Vijay kadam, Ganesh Mayekar, Mayur Khandge
- Story & Screenplay: Sumit Bonkar & Rahul Yashod
- Director: Shailesh Shankar Kale
- Dialogues: Fransis Augustine & Vinod Jadhav
- Producer: Rohit Shetty
- Music: Samir Saptiskar
- Lyrics: Abhishek Khankar
- Cinematography: Siddhartha More
- Editor: Pankaj Deepak Hurne
- Art Director: Akhilesh Jambhavdekar
- Action: Ravi Kumar & Harpal Singh
Like: The quirky lyrics of the song suit the flavor of the film. Some thought has been put into shooting the songs. Amey's performance stands out.
Dislike: The biggest negative of the film is that the humor doesn't work. You will only occasionally catch your self chuckling. There is a hell of a lot of Delhi Belly hangover. The characters; the basic plot about parcels getting wrongly delivered, the film doesn't really hide its Delhi Belly inspiration.
Story: Raj, Angad and Umesh are three best buddies on the lookout to make a quick buck. They usually crash at Umesh's place as his religious parents are out on a pilgrimage quite often. Raj - the most daring and mischievous of the three - has gotten the other two guys the taste of betting and now they are deep into it. But they lose a major amount on one cricket match which leaves them deeply indebted to the bookie, Chintya, who demands to be repaid within a week.
A parcel of diamond is to be couriered to a local gangster - Digya Bhai. But the courier delivery guy makes a mess of it and wrongly delivers it to the office of an ex-policeman known for being an encounter specialist. Angad's girlfriend works in the office of the ex-policeman and the three go to her to borrow some money to pay off the bookie. At the same time Digya Bhai's henchmen raid the office to take over their wrongly delivered parcel. After the gunfire stops, the three run away from that place but not before frisking away the watch in which the diamonds are hidden.
Will Raj, Angad and Umesh manage to pay off Chintya with the diamonds?
- Screenplay/Dialogues: The story is highly reminiscent of Delhi Belly. Yes, it isn't a rip-off as such but the basic plot has striking similarity. Both the films involve a wrongly delivered parcel of diamonds and a group of three boys who get badly caught in a soup due to their over-smartness. But the things which worked with Delhi Belly fail here. In a madcap comedy like this one, there is little room for development of characters and that is understandable. But the most basic you expect from such a film is to be humored. The dialogues here are singularly unfunny. They lack imagination and thus don't have the desired punch. Neither are the comic situations any better.Just about nothing happens in the first half. The plot hardly gets rolling. Things start moving in the second half and the film gets much more gripping. Though much of it is predictable, we nonetheless start caring about the plot. You expect the film to sizzle at the final showdown, but the scenes are so clownish, that it fizzles down.
- Direction: The director tries to adopt the style made popular by Guy Ritchie. The cartoonish storytelling style isn't easy to replicate and Ghantaa is a good example of it. The director overdoes it and the first half is like an assault on your senses. Restrain is thrown out of the window and everything at disposal is used to grab your attention. Strange camera angles, animated songs, quirky background scores are fired at you in such rapid succession that instead of getting wowed you disconnect from the film.The direction settles down a bit in the second half with the plot moving forward. But the staging of the scenes is also very poor and it becomes most apparent at the final showdown.
- Cinematography: Probably on the directors insistence the cameraman is on an overdrive. There is one scene where Raj and Umesh are pondering over the action they will be taking. They are sitting on a see-saw on the terrace. Now, here for some inexplicable reason, the camera is attached on to the see-saw and so we see a close-up of the two chatting with the camera going up and down with the see-saw. Now, it is an angle that stands out. But you are left wondering what is the need for it. The film is full of such gimmicky camerawork.
- Editing: The editing too is gimmicky with the fast cuts adding up to nothing. If the second half didn't have the sad romantic number underlining Angad's heartbreak, it could have been even crisper.
- Music and Lyrics: One of the biggest plus of the film is its music. Samir Saptiskar has done a commendable job in composing a few peppy numbers along with the new-age ghazal sung by Hariharan. The background score adds to the misery of watching the film, though.
- Star Performances: Kishor Kadam, Pushkar Shrotri ham their way through their roles. The three boys played by Amey Wagh, Saksham Kulkarni and Aaroh Velankar are good enough, but they hardly have much scope to display their talent. Amey as the naughty smooth-talker who doesn't lose his presence of mind even in the worst of situations is the most impressive.
Final Verdict: Ghantaa doesn't entirely work in its attempt in replicating a Delhi Belly kind of madcap comedy. The style is overdone and acts as a major obstacle in connecting with the film. Most crucially, the film isn't funny at all.
Amey's performance and a few songs apart, there is nothing much in the film worth appreciation.