Pritam Review: Malayalam ad filmmaker team gets chance to make a Marathi film. The film was made. There were good songs too. It was a beautiful story. This proves that the stories do not belong to any one place, the change of environment does not make any difference in the true spirit of the story. If you watch the Marathi film ‘Pritam’ on Amazon Prime Video, you might think it is a Malayalam film, but the story of the film is so beautifully set in a village in Konkan that you will fall in love with the story. The film is not a cinematic masterpiece but a sweet story worth watching so that one can always avoid watching bad pictures in the name of grand scale. This will be our collaboration to advance small but narrative cinema.
Caste system is an important factor of discrimination in every village, but ‘Pritam’ sees discrimination a little more. Teasing each other about body shape starts from childhood and parents don’t stop it either. For example, if someone is fat, he should be called Fat/Tandu/Hati. If someone is thin it is normal to call them thin/single boned or rib. Another similar distinction emerges in ‘Pritam’. The film’s protagonist Pritam Kudalkar (Pranab Raverne) is dark-skinned, or slightly darker. The whole village calls him Kale/Kalye/Kalu/Damar. He even had childhood friends – a sarpanch’s son, a tailor, a grocer and a drama director; Everyone calls him Kalu. When he was sentenced in the village panchayat, his full name was taken and he was happy that the entire village got to know his name because of the trial. It was a poignant thought, said so easily in the film. It is a pain that every child in India goes through at some point or the other.
Pritam supplies milk to the entire village. He has many buffaloes, some cows, a loving mother and an alcoholic father to whom he gives his earnings to keep him intoxicated. In Pritam’s village comes a beautiful girl Subarna (Nakshatra) who is very fair and works in a nearby town. Pritam falls in love with her one-sidedly. Once Subarna falls into the well, Pritam saves her. Pritam’s misunderstanding increases that Suvarna also loves him. When his misunderstanding clears up and he realizes that his love is one-sided, he befriends Suvarna. Pritam has a plan to take Suwarna so that everyone will think that the two are in love. He included her in his plan. Both escape at night, are caught and the panchayat sits and decides their future. Will Pritam get the gold, that is the future story.
Pranav’s face is pitiful, he looks tortured and tortured. Looking at him, he seems to have heard his name ‘Kalu’ all his life. Sujith Kurup has written the story script of Elango Odai and Ganesh Pandit has penned the screenplay/dialogues. The story is very simple. In Malayalam films, films are often built on a simple story and the relationships between the characters form the basis of the film. In this film too, director Sijo Rocky has made a good film by applying the same formula. The scenes of Pranab and his friends drinking alcohol at night are completely vivid. The drinking team consists of one or two characters who bring the alcohol, water-soda-flavors, and then make everyone’s drinks. In this film Pritam does all these things and his friends misbehave with him. Annoyed by his drunken father, Pritam doesn’t feel bad when he slaps his father in the climax. While chasing Subarna, he gets on the bus to talk and asks Subarna to take her ticket as she didn’t bring money, it was well made. Suwarna gives him money to pay him back but he doesn’t spend it because he rejected her friendship earlier. Taking money without talking means begging, emotional blackmail dialogues used very well by Pritam. Pranab has done justice to the character.
The film stars Nakshatra, who is making her debut in a Marathi TV serial. Salutations. Looks simple and easy. There is a bit of yelling, screaming and discourse type talk in the climax. She happens to be the daughter of a school principal and fits the character perfectly. Upendra Limaye Upendra Limaye is a presenter and director of village plays. He may have done the film because of his identity, because he is the biggest actor in this small film. There are other actors who are better suited to the character’s needs. There was also over acting here and there, though he wasn’t in the lead role, so it didn’t bother him too much.
The movie is beautiful. Simple. If you watch it with plain family, then you might get bored, but if you want to watch some comfort and good movies with your spouse, busy life then ‘Preetam’ is perfect. This film has some flaws – the intensity of the story is not fully maintained. A lot of time has been spent on building up the character in the first half. The second half could have brought excitement but it was missed somewhere. Shot by cinematographer Om Narayan, the film should be re-edited by editor Jayant Jathar. If edited properly, this film could be more entertaining. Anyway, take a look. This is the story of Konkan city. You will love it. Language is not such a big barrier as all the titles.
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First Published: August 19, 2021, 13:19 IST