Baban (2018) – Movie Review

Baban is a Marathi satire drama film written and directed by Bhaurao Nanasaheb Karhade. It is the second film by Bhaurao Karhade after Khwada (2015) starring Bhausaheb Shinde as a leading actor in both of the films. Khwada represented the story in rural India about shepherds who suffer from the government policies and later dominance of the local goons, and how severely it affects their life permanently. This film is also no different from Khwada with a raw and gripping storyline.

In a small village of Maharashtra, the film revolves around Baban (Bhausaheb Shinde), a striving high school student who is running a small milk business to support his family and education. Determined Baban, who is ready to do anything to fulfill his big dreams tries to jump in the upper market by bypassing the local business authorities. In his naive but daring attempt to expand his business, Baban faces the monopoly of local landlords and goons, and this friction leads him elsewhere, which eventually destroys everything.

The film serves the solid and hard-hitting content in a very impacting way, talking about many social issues. This is the second film by Bhaurao Karhade, and he is just unstoppable in delivering the realistic and thought-provoking stories. The performances are compelling with interesting characters and their deadly disputes feel so real. The film focuses on how local politics and goons still controls the rural part of independent India. There is also a romantic aspect to this film which plays well here and that could have been made as a whole different film, but it eventually causes tonal shifts throughout the film. Some songs in the film feel unnecessarily embedded, making it slow-burning.

Verdict : Not everybody’s cup of tea. Not everybody has a strength to face the reality. A gripping and hard-hitting drama.

Rating : 4.2/5

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