BAAP MANUS (Marathi)
Director- Yogesh Phulpagar
Cast- Pushkar Jog, Kushal Badrike, Anusha Dandekar, Shweta Patil, Keya Ingale and Shubangi Gokhale
Platform of Release- Theatres
By Jyothi Venkatesh
The film is an emotional tale about how after his wife dies in childbirth, a single father (Pushkar Jog) sets out on a journey to raise his daughter while dealing with his fears and social insecurities, even as he is upset with the loss of his job in London. Can he overcome the difficulties and give his daughter the best?
The film advances to show the husband and mother-in-law (Shubangi Gokhale) engage in an argument about the baby’s upbringing. The judgmental mother-in-law opines that a single father can’t bring up the child, while the stubborn father says he can, with both of them not at all understanding the concept of helping each other out.
To cut a long story short, the kid (Keya Ingale) stays with Shreyas, and he dedicates his life to ensuring her good upbringing. The writer Emeara and director Yogesh Phulphagar try to tackle a beautiful father-daughter bond that too set in London, with a single father trying to balance his personal and professional life, with dexterity.
Pushkar Jog juggles both his task as the producer as well as his job as an actor by putting his heart into this role, and even shines in some emotional scenes, especially the climax. Shubhangi Gokhale delivers a sincere performance as the mother in law while Anusha Dandekar and Kushal Badrike render excellent support. The precocious kid, Keya Ingale, puts a smile on your face with her innocence.
To sum up, if I were to put it in a nutshell, all I can say that is that Baap Manus lacks drama and narrative twists to sustain it and is indeed a heart-warming tale of a father and his daughter but in case you expect to be moved to the core, with an emotionally clinging tale, this one is not exactly your option.