Bhaai – Vyakti Kee Valli Uttarrardh Movie Review – A memorable classic

BHAAI – VYAKTI KEE VALLI UTTARRARDH movie review is here. The second and concluding part of one of Marathi best-loved humourists


Bhaai – Vyakti Kee Valli Uttarrardh Movie Review – A memorable classic

BHAAI – VYAKTI KEE VALLI UTTARRARDH movie review is here. The second and concluding part of one of Marathi best-loved humourists, writer-director-playwright-screenplay writer-actor-music composer-harmonium player Purushottam Laxman Deshpande. Does Mahesh Manjrekar’s second and concluding part fills the dots which were left open in BHAAI – VYAKTI KEE VALLI part one. Let’s find out in BHAAI – VYAKTI KEE VALLI UTTARRARDH movie review.

Finally, Mahesh Manjrekar’s biopic of the legendary Marathi humourist, playwright and musician ‘Pu. La’ gets a deserving tribute in a resolute and deeply respectful portrayal of one of the greatest legends in the field of art and culture – Purushottam Laxman Deshpande aka Pu La aka Bhaai.


The most memorable standout moment
In a rare tribute to the devotees of classical music/lovers of art, an extraordinary musical performance featuring Bhimsen Joshi (Ajay Purkar), Kumar Gandharva (Swanand Kirkire) and Vasantrao Deshpande (Padmanabh Bind). Sung by Jayateerth Mevundi, Rahul Deshpande, Bhuvanesh Komkali under Ajit Parab’s music, the brilliant piece of extraordinary music gets ample space in this biopic with Pu La on harmonium or say in harmony with the music legends. The scene on surface appears to be a mesmerizing jamming session between some of the greatest names in Hindustani classical music but in a way even though it’s informal, firmly puts forward the class, the value and the dignity of Pu La as an artiste/cultural figure who inspired the common and the extraordinary, jammed with the above names, gave the unforgettable nursery rhyme ‘nach re mora’ and lead a simple life that was powered by love and his firm believe in his values.

The movie picks important incidents from the life of P.L. Deshpande (Sagar Deshmukh) and his wife Sunita (Irawati Harshe). This too begins in a hospital where Pu La is in ICU (donated by him) lying on bed and struggling between life and death. Personalities such as Vijay Mehta, Bal Thackeray etc visit Pu La and the proceedings go into flashbacks recollecting found and inspiring memories from Bhaai’s eventful life. Pu la accepts an award by Bal Thackeray’s Shiv Sena party, but makes comments on the ‘dictator’ thing which makes the Shiv Sena chief respond accordingly. His moments with Baba Amte, his boredom with doing the same ‘Batatyachi Chal’, warning to the just won Janata Party that he won’t spare them either if they don’t deliver or follow the same route of Congress and refusing their offer of a post in ministry. Moments with Jawaharlal Nehru (Dalip Tahil), moments with his wife that speaks in volumes about their deep love and understanding. All these make the biopic an endearing and uplifting watch.


Anyhow, Ganesh Matkari’s screenplay at places goes filmy and unrealistic approach makes it look flimsy. P.L. Deshpande’s mother played by Ashwini Giri looks like his sister.

Sagar Deshmukh adapts the persona of P.L. Deshpande effectively and gives life to the legendary personality on screen. Irawati Harshe is competent as his wife.


Final verdict
No matter how brilliant it turns out to be, no movie can match the towering personality of P.L. Deshpande who has inspired generations after generations. The contribution of Pu La to Marathi culture is immense. BHAAI – VYAKTI KEE VALLI UTTARRARDH is a pious tribute, the concluding part is not the end but a beginning – a beginning where filmmakers can think of exploring the ideas, works and persona of P.L. Deshpande on big screen. Watch it for the love of the genius – who was loved because he loved his audience/people and cared for them and will always remain an inspiration. Going with 4 stars an extra for the love for ‘Pu. La’ and that extraordinary classical musical jamming session.

Critic review




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