Yuntum (2018) – Movie Review

Yuntum (Sanely insane) is the fantasy romance drama Marathi film co-written and directed by Sameer Asha Patil. Nowadays there are very few Marathi films get released which are mainly focused on content and conveying the message, and this one surely does that.

It is a coming of age story which starts with a teenage boy named Ranga (Viabhav Kadam), a college student, driven by love and trying to find his place, belonging to a poor family, where his father Raaosaheb (Sayaji Shinde) is an aging clarinet musician struggling to find a job for the sake of bread and butter of his family. One day at the college Ranga encounters a lonely pure-hearted soul Meera (Apurva Shelgaokar) and immediately falls for her. In this pursuit of happiness, Ranga gets help from his friends Jedya (Rushikesh Jhagade) and Ramya (Akshay Thorat). As the story progresses, Ranga must decide to choose between his duties towards his family and the love of his life.

The film has a really great message at its core but the film unfolds very slowly and feels paused and lost at some places. Every frame of the film is beautifully shot and gives the true essence of an art, and all the credit goes to the director of the film. Performances by leads are apt and to the point. The film also depicts the hard-hitting message about the struggles of the artists which they have to face to fit in this modern world. The film is slow burning and could have been made half an hour short. The use of humor in the first half of the film is appropriate and keeps the story moving and alive. The story and the direction of the film will definitely make the audience remember Sairat (2016), even if it looks similar from its cover, but it is not at its core.

At the end of the film, the tangled and overlapping dose of emotions made me remember a part of a monologue by Aunt May from Sam Raimi’s Spider-man 2 (2004), “I believe there’s a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams.”.

Verdict : The beautifully made artistic romance drama one should not miss. But at the end it is too heavy on content that it cannot be everybody’s cup of tea.

Rating : 3.8/5


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