Monday, May 21, 2018
Tuning into the inner voice - Redu - The film has a central character - Radio.
This Friday seems to be an interesting one for the Marathi industry with a variety of films hitting the screens. Having been screened at various film festivals and also winning accolades at the Maharashtra State Film Awards, Redu also released this week. With high expectations riding on this one, Redu makes sure to keep the viewers hooked throughout.
The film’s premise is slightly similar to the recently released Cycle. Both the films have a central character that is attached to a particular belonging and becomes restless when that thing is not around. However, that’s where the similarity ends. Redu isset in the 1970s when owning a radio was a luxury. At such a time, Tatu (Shende) is gifted a radio by his brother-in-law (Babhal), much to the envy of his fellow villagers. Tatu carries his prized possession everywhere and doesn’t let anyone else, barring his wife (Kadam) and daughter (Supal) near it. From an irate daily-wager, Tatu suddenly becomes the toast of the village, but one day all of it vanishes when the radio is stolen.
Shri. Sagar Vanjari, the director of Redu told that radio was the centre of his mother's universe. "My mother lived a very simple life and radio was much more than just a source of entertainment for her. She would weak up in the morning, turn on the radio and listen to old songs while doing her daily chores and if someday, the chai had less sugar or if the roti was burnt, it was indication that the radio was out of battery or wasn't functioning right."
From capturing the essence of an era and the scenic beauty of Konkan, to executing a beautiful story on screen, the makers of Redu have done a very good job. Sanjay Navgire’s story is simple and Sagar Vanjari does justice to it with his direction. But it is Shende’s Tatu that keeps you hooked. Shende is a versatile actor who has the ability to convey a lot through his expressions and he does exactly that here. The way he switches from irritated to happy in a second is simply brilliant. Chhaya Kadam, fresh from the success of Nude, is another powerful character in the film. As Tatu’s wife, she encapsulates the feelings of a companion and is the pillar of support of the family.
Redu warms up with a light-hearted approach and gradually develops into a emotionally rewarding experience. Though the film is in Malvani, the language doesn’t act as a barrier. This one is definitely worth a watch.