Movie Review of MAULI : Riteish Deshmukh sways in a crowd pleasing action bonanza

Mauli Movie Trailer

Here is our review of the much awaited Riteish Deshmukh starrer MAULI. Directed by CLASSMATES, FASTER FENE fame Aditya Sarpotdar, MAULI sees the return of ‘LAAI BHAARI’ Riteish Deshmukh back to Marathi cinema after a hiatus of four years. Is MAULI worth the hype?. Find out in our MAULI movie review

What is the best part?

Riteish Deshmukh makes a resounding return in Marathi cinema as a mass hero in MAULI that consolidates his position as bankable star / crowd puller in this satisfying crowd pleaser.

What is the story?

Touted as the sequel for the 2014 blockbuster LAI BHAARI, MAULI is a story of a simple honest cop Mauli who gets posted in a village ruled by a bootlegger/gangster Nana (Jitendra Joshi). How the timid, shy and soft Mauli rises to the occasion and fights the mighty Nana forms the crux of this familiar good v/s evil theme.

Script Analysis

Writer Kshitij Patwardhan scripts a masala entertainer from an idea by Milap Zaveri. MAULI has all the tried, tested and trusted elements we have seen in masala potboilers, but there is a hidden surprise element which we will not disclose. But we can certainly say that the movie justifies the title and has some genuine heartfelt moments.


Aditya Sarpotdar helms an out and out action packed escapist entertainer. Action entertainers are all about movement and Aditya Sarpotdar delivers it with a soothing verve. The director goes over the top in action and smartly changes gear to infuse ‘real’ emotions while depicting the empathy of the villagers.


An action packed masala without dialogue is like puran poli without jaggery, the dialogues are destined to bring claps and whistles in theatres.

Riteish Deshmukh

Riteish Deshmukh steals the show and offers a treat to his fans. Fierce in action, controlled during touchy moments, the actor carries the movie on his shoulders and makes sure that he doesn,t get shaky in his part. A rousing, moustache twisting performance. LAI BHAARI.

Saiyami Kher

Saiyami Kher looks rustic as the masala wali and has her moments of spark.

Jitendra Joshi

Jitendra Joshi as the mean evil Nana is superb. The actor uses his body language, mannerisms brilliantly. EXCELLENT.

Other performances

Siddarth Jadhav and Shrikant Yadav provide ample support. Genelia D'Souza comes with a surprise.

What not?

There is nothing which you have not seen in Indian action packed masala entertainers. It’s over the top, an escapism without the opium that demands a degree of suspension of disbelief, MAULI is solely designed to please the masses and earn money at the box office.

LAI BHAARI Vs MAULI which is better?

LAAI BHAARI came with an element of surprise; Riteish Deshmukh won hearts in the mass entertainer. MAULI is a follow up and it doesn,t disappoints in providing entertainment to the core but yes, there is no surprise element as such in MAULI

What to do, Is MAULI worth watching?

If you enjoy masala entertainers, grown with those cop v/s goons stories from Amitabh Bachchan’s ZANJEER, to Salman Khan’s DABANGG, to Ajay Devgn’s SINGHAM etc then it is recommended and if you are a fan of Riteish Deshmukh then it is not to be missed.


Rating 3/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Director: Aditya Sarpotdar
  • Actor: Riteish Deshmukh, Jitendra Joshi
  • Actress: Saiyami Kher
  • Release Date : 14 Dec 2018
  • Movie Duration : 2 hrs, 16 minutes