PIND DAAN (MAR)
By Shaheen Raaj
Plot: Ashutosh Devkar (Siddharth Chandekar) is a documentary film maker in Channel 6 in London and his colleague & intimate friend Roohi (Manwa Naik) is a cinematographer in the same channel. They both come to India on an assignment. Besides Ashutosh also has to do a pinddaan (Post Death Rituals) for his grandmother. One day on the river bank Manas Ganga he meets a British girl Anna (Paula McGleen), they keep meeting and gradually Ashutosh falls deeply in love with Anna.
Aces:Prashant Patil with his excellent directorial skill has succeeded in maintaining a firm grip on this mystic love story bordering somewhat on super natural element. Performance wise Siddharth Chandekar is superb. Manwa Naik is good, but she hardly has anything much to do. On the other hand Paula McGleen has done justice to her role. The supporting cast is also adequate.
Minuses:The title Pinddaan itself is totally misleading and irrelevant for a serene & mystic love story like Pinddaan. Another hindrance is the overdose of English dialogues especially between Siddharth & Manwa.
Last Word:Marathi Cinema is coming of age by making use of foreign locales and bold love making scenes which may not go down well in the interiors.