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When he is angry he is at his best!
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
From the time he burst on to the world of Hindi cinema through his iconic film VAASTAV Mahesh Manjrekar has given a new packaging to interpretation of anger on the silver screen. Whenever he has diluted the same, the effect has not met the approval of the public. Probably realizing the same, he has come out with his latest work in Marathi MEE SHIVAJIRAO BHOSALE BOLTOY and it has put the issues relating to existentialism of a community in its proper perspective.
Mahesh Manjrekar's anger is more directed against the common citizens' attitude of fait accompli but he also seems to be aware about the fact that in every film that he makes or is associated with, it is difficult to suggest a connotation of revolt against the system. The other redeeming feature of his oeuvre has been that he is more successful when he is behind the camera, than when he is in front of the same, KAANTE may be an exception.
His film MEE SHIVAJIRAO BHOSALE BOLTOY which has released at a time, when the strike between the producers and the multiplex owners has put an embargo on release of new films in the theatre has tried to give a new direction to Marathi cinema. The choice of the subject has relevance, and is also a bold statement on the fact that the government has made the common public so much dependant on the doles and handouts, that we have stopped looking inwards to stand up and adapt to the change.
The timing of MEE SHIVAJIRAO BHOSALE BOLTOY has also fortunately coincided with the general elections that is happening in the country, and may be Mahesh Manjrekar's film would invite more such efforts from makers in different languages to provide solutions to the existentialist dilemmas that different communities are facing throughout the country.
The anger that is present needs to be channelised constructively and not destructively and this is the message that Mahesh Manjrekar has tried to give through his latest offering. More than 20 years ago Nida Fazli, the famous ghazal writer had written'' Duniya Na Jeet pao to haro na khud ko tum, thodi bahut to jehan mein narazgi rahe'', i.e. if you are not able to conquer the world do not lose yourself, let some anger continue to simmer inside you''. It is this simmering anger which has the latent potential to be converted into opportunity and for this simple reason Mahesh Manjrekar's MEE SHIVAJIRAO BHOSALE BOLTOY is a timely reminder.