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Movie Review: Savita Damodar Paranjpe – Swapna Waghmare Joshi Needs A Standing Ovation

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It’s entertaining, it’s intriguing and it will make you cringe at times, well, I am talking about the Marathi movie Savita Damodar Paranjpe that has released today.

Savita Damodar Paranjpe was originally a play written by Shekhar Tamhane and performed in the 1980s with the late Reema Lagoo in the lead. The play itself was inspired by the true story and Swapna Waghmare Joshi’s directorial is a screen adaptation of the same.

Savita Damodar Paranjape is all about Kusum (Trupti Toradmal), Sharad Abhyankar (Subodh Bhave), their eight-year-old marriage and a series of unfortunate incidents that uncover some hard truths.

As the story progresses, Sharad realizes that Kusum is suffering from an unexplained physical and mental trauma. He is ready to cross limits and do whatever it takes to get his wife back to normal. Sharad’s doctor and friend and Doctor Agnihotri (Angad Mhaskar) want him to consult a psychiatrist, but Sharad seeks help from Ashok (Raqesh Bapat) a relative who feels Kusum is possessed by the spirit of Savita Paranjpe (Hemangi Kavi), Sharad’s friend who used to be in love with him.

What follows is what makes the rest of the film. The best part about Savita Damodar Paranjpe is the fact that Sapna has managed to keep the essence of the play as well as made it tell worthy. She has managed to extract some stealer performance by almost everyone in the film and one needs to applaud her for that.

Sapna and Trupti go a long way. In fact, Trupti first television series, Kalash (2001) was directed by Sapna and the faith that both have has translated on to the screen with this film as well. Subodh Bhave is rock solid and Raqesh Bapat belts out a sincere performance.

All in all, this film which has been produced by John Abraham and directed by Swapna Waghmare Joshi, is a taut thriller that will keep you glued to your seats till the very end. Do catch this film as its worth it.

Rating: Three And A Half

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