I humbly feel that in today’s world of 30 sec reels, when visuals of something you watched yesterday play in your mind continuously after you wake up, like your own personal movie-reel, the thing you’ve watched has had an everlasting impact you. I am writing at 6 30 am this after watching the film Ekda Kaay Zala yesterday.
Outstanding is an understatement for this film : which deals with a powerful topic in an entertaining yet impactful manner. The story is simple but unusual. The child actors around the central theme make it easier to absorb the intensity and surge of emotions felt throughout the film.
Watching Sumeet Raghavan, Urmila Kothare, Dr Mohan Agashe, Suhas Joshi together on the screen is a warm and intense experience. The background score along with all the 4 songs hit the bulls eye & elevate the experience to another level.
Chintan, the lead child role is a perfect cast and so are his friends Guru and Raghu. All the supporting cast fall right in the place and complete the puzzle into a meaningful one.
Saleel Kulkari, thanks for making something so spectacular with umpteen highlights over emotions, relationships and morals in our mother-tongue.
This is not a paid review. This is an honest attempt at journalling my thoughts on the morning of its impact on me. I have deliberately written all of this in English as though this film is in Marathi, it has English subtitles and can be experienced by everyone. Please do not miss this gem!
Here are two of my most favourite songs from the film
I am sharing a few things which I loved about this film. (May contain spoilers, please read the forthcoming part after you have seen this film)
- The initial part of the film starting with a story and zooming out in real life
- The school, its beautiful interiors, the concept of graffiti wall.
- Kiran’s home, its design with all the tiny objects in it.
- The edits and the transitions : especially the one showing the date 15th Nov in the doctor’s office
- The cinematography in the scenes where Kiran and Chintan go for a trip
- The camera behind the scene where Kiran and Jay catch Raghu, the running scene
- The scene where Aaji is trying to make Chintan sleep and Ajoba is sitting in the room, the moment they look at each other
- Chintan and Guru’s video diaries
- The out and out concept of sharing significant aspects of life through stories itself is splendid.