Gulabjaam is a comedy-drama Marathi film directed by Sachin Kundalkar who is known for his brilliant take on uncommon stories. And this time also he has taken something ordinary and has delivered something very exceptional which we can’t afford to miss.
The film starts with Aditya (Siddharth Chandekar), a young and aspiring Maharashtrian man living and working in London, determined to open a Maharashtrian restaurant in London, comes to Pune in search of someone who could teach him cooking traditional Maharashtrian food. In his journey, he meets Radha (Sonali Kulkarni), a strange woman living in solitude, an excellent chef, who is making her earning through making lunch boxes for the students and working men in her area. Not so surprising, at first Radha ignores him as an unwanted visitor in her life, but later accepts his request to teach him her peculiar cooking ways and recipes. As they start working alongside for their passion and love towards food making, new things start happening in both of their lives, making them appreciate life like never before.
Gulabjaam is the feel-good food film where Maharashtrian food plays the prominent role. Director’s artistic take on exploring unusual stuff is just outstanding and deserves all appreciation. The plot of the film is too simple yet filled with many cryptic hints (nowadays not seen in many films) and raw footages. The performances by Siddharth and Sonali are absolutely wonderful. Despite having not many characters film keeps the audience invested until the end.
Verdict : It is the film which will definitely put a smile on your face, shouldn’t be missed.
Rating : 3.9/5