DHARAMVEER MUKAM POST THANE (Marathi)
Producer: Mangesh Kulkarni
Director: Pravin Tarde
Cast: Prasad Oak , Kshitij Date, Mangesh Desai , Gashmeer Mahajani, Shruti Marathe , Vijay Nikam , Mohan Joshi and Makrand Padhye
Platform of Release: Theatrical
By Jyothi Venkatesh
Mangesh Desai who has established himself as a strong actor has made his debut as a producer with ‘Dharmaveer Mukkam Post Thane’.The film portrays the journey of the popular politician the late Anand Chintamani Dighe, who belonged to Shiv Sea and lived all his life as the messiah of the downtrodden. The character is portrayed by actor Prasad Oak while the character of Eknath Shinde is portrayed by Kshitij Date.
The film belongs out and out to Prasad Oak who literally lives the character of the late political leader of Thane Anand Dighe who was like Varadaraj Mudaliar of Matunga in Mumbai itself, who had undertaken the task of helping the poor. Frankly speaking, the actor shines as the Sena leader Anand Chintamani Dighe and makes us go speechless with his powerful punch lines against jihad by a section of the Muslims in our country.
For the uninitiated, Dharamveer Anand Chintamani Dighe was a senior Shiv Sena party leader and Thane district Unit chief of the Shiv Sena party. According to reports, Dighe was considered a do-gooder powerful muscleman in Thane. Though the film has a duration of almost three hours, the director is able to hold you engrossed with his taut handling and treatment of his biopic, making a riveting watch, especially if you do not know anything about the person whose biopic you are watching.
Gashmeer Mahajani shines as the businessman who emulates his leader Dighe and operates an auto rickshaw at least once a year on his death anniversary while Shruti Marathe does not have any role worth mentioning. Mohan Joshi has been wasted in an inane role while Vijay Nikam is effective as a politician who is instrumental in picking up Dighe for his career. Makrand Padhye lives his role as Balasaheb Thackeray and fits the part to the T.
What the film fails to show is why Dighe was drawn towards politics though people say that it was Balasaheb Thackeray who was instrumental in making him take to politics. To sum up, on the whole, all that I can say about the film is that it is worth watching if you want to know why a hospital was burnt a few years back when the political leader Dighe died there in Thane.