Producers: Kailash Sorari and Vimla Sorari
Director: Nitin Kamble
Cast: Siddharth Chandekar, Spruha Joshi, Kashyap Parulekar, Mohan Joshi
Platform of Release: Theatrical
By Jyothi Venkatesh
To put it in a nutshell, Coffee is a refreshingly told story of a young married woman and her attraction to a hotelier’s son. Renuka (Spruha Joshi) is married to Ranjit (Kashyap Parulekar). While Ranjit is a successful film and ad film director, Renuka is a successful interior designer. Both are childless. Her work takes her to Goa where she meets and befriends Rohit (Siddharth Chandekar) a young and enterprising entrepreneur whose hotel she is assigned to design.
Right at the outset, when Rohit starts flirting with her and a stage comes when he gets too close for comfort, Renuka decides to backtrack. She returns to Mumbai, confesses about her fleeting affair to her husband Ranjeet Rajwade (Kashyap Parulekar) the night she returns home. Then begins the drama filled with confrontations and confessions, but when Rohit comes to Mumbai to persuade her to say yes to his proposal to marry her, she does not let her fondness for Rohit come in the way of her work and exits from their platonic relationship before they get deeply involved.
Though Machhindra Bugade’s one dimensional story is rather dull and without any spark at all required to hold the audience’s interest for long, Nitin Kamble’s screenplay saves the film from ending up as boring and monotonous. The ending makes one wonder whether the director tried to play safe to make the film easily and morally palatable for the staunch family audiences.
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Dialogues, written by Nitin Kamble and Machhindra Bugade, are just about average. Editing leaves a lot to be desired since it could have been made into a slicker film and made shorter to make it engaging by doing away with the intermittent songs which keep coming at regular intervals and tend to slacken the pace.
Spruha Joshi shows an entirely different dimension of herself as an actress with her role as Renuka. Though Siddharth Chandekar with his infectious smile is good in the role of Rohit, he looks very young when compared to Spruha’s character. Kashyap Parulekar underplays his well-defined character and scores as the understanding husband Ranjit. Mohan Joshi who lends support in a brief role as Rohit’s father has hardly any role and looks like has been added just as filler. To sum up, the film Coffee is a refreshingly made film on an extramarital quagmire.