Producers: Madhur Bhandarkar, Parag Mitra, Amit Dogra and Prabhakar Parab
Director: Akash Pendharkar
Cast: Vaibhav Tattwawadi, Hruta Durgule, Milind Shinde and Ramesh Pardesi
Platform of Release: Theatres
By Jyothi Venkatesh
A remake of the Malayalam film Kali, which featured Dulquer Salmaan and Sai Pallavi, Circuit revolves around Siddharth Mohite (Vaibhav Tattwawadi), Aarohi (Hruta Durgule) and their clash with the villains Sarkar (Ramesh Pardeshi) and Ranga (Milind Shinde).A short-tempered guy, Siddharth falls for the beautiful college student Aarohi, whose melodious voice is the only thing that can calm him when he’s angry. They get married but his temper creates a divide between them, and Aarohi decides to go back to her parents’ house. On their way there, Siddharth and Aarohi encounter Sarkar and Ranga who try to harass Aarohi, and thus the stage is set up for a clash with Siddharth.
The worst aspect of the film is that though the first half is stretched a lot, the second half manages to salvage things but then while Kali had the right pauses in its screenplay, Circuitt’s adapted screenplay (by Sanjay Jamkhandi) lacks those as well as the debut making director’s (Aakash Pendharkar) vision leading to a not-so-engaging half-baked experience. There is absolutely no explanation at all as to what makes the father of the girl against his son in law. What sets the film apart besides the effective and evocative background score is Abhijeet Kawthalkar’s music.
As far as acting is concerned, I can vouchsafe that Vaibhav’s portrayal unfortunately lacks the ease with which he usually performs, while on the other hand, Hruta Durgule hits the right notes in her role, and succeeds in getting into the character that she portrays with effortless ease and emerging a winner especially in the second half, while Ramesh stands out as Sarkar.
Unfortunately, the film has a wafer-thin plot which lacks the logic to explain the proceedings and you leave the theatre with a not so satisfied feeling when the director hints that the film is going to be followed by a sequel, even when it is not at all warranted at any cost and hence the film is a big let down by producer Madhur Bhandarkar.
Ramesh Pardesi conveys what his character needs just by way of his expressions. However, all said and done, I should say that it’s Milind Shinde who holds your attention the most. Because believe it or not, even without a single dialogue in the film, the versatile actor manages to evoke a sense of strong disgust with his body language, as well as facial contortions as required for the part, and that is why, I would like to salute the actor for his effective part.