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Malhar Review: Sharib Hashmi, Anjali Patil starrer film is poignant and soul-stirring

Directed by Vishal Kumbhar, Malhar is released at theatres.

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A still from Malhar

MALHAR

Producer- Praful Prasad

Director- Vishal Kumbhar

Cast- Anjali Patil, Shareeb Hashmi, Akshata Acharya, Vinayak Potdar, Srinivas Pokhale, Ravi Jhankal and Rishi Saksena

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By Jyothi Venkatesh

It’s an anthology of three different short stories which are interconnected and are happening in the same village, in extreme rural village situated in Kutch. Director Vishal Kumbhar skilfully blends the three different stories—heart-warming tales of friendship, poignant struggles, and even touches of tragedy, ensuring each emotion resonates in perfect harmony, without one overpowering the other.

The film revolves around two best friends and their struggle to get the run-down hearing aid repaired. Jasmine, elder sister of Javed falls in love with Jatin the Hindu guy. The story evolves their struggle to meet and to be together and how do they meet out of the village, their love and the consequences they face.

Kesar, (Anjali Patil) is a newly wedded lady. She is married to Laxman (Rishi Saksena) who is the son of the sarpanch (Ravi Jhankal) of that village. After some days of marriage, she is not getting pregnant hence her in laws curse her constantly and how she manages to get out of it, forms the crux of the story.

The film begins at a burial ground on a sombre mood and shifts to two young boys, Javed (Vinayak Potdar) and Bhairav (Shrinivas Pokale), whose quest to fix Bhairav’s damaged hearing aid becomes the main heart of the narrative, organically at the same time weaving in tales of forbidden extra marital love and societal pressures faced by a young woman.

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While Javed’s sister, Jasmine (Akshata Acharya), navigates a blossoming romance with Jatin (Mohammad Samad), innocent village bride Kesar (Anjali Patil) sets out to grapple with the formidable weight of societal expectations as the infertile daughter-in-law of the village sarpanch.

Performance-wise, each and every actor in the film excels. Child actors Shrinivas Pokale and Vinayak Potdar possess an undeniable real-life best friend chemistry and their portrayal of childish innocence, mischief, and unwavering loyalty is indeed heart-warming. Shaarib Haashmi shines as the boisterous vendor and self-proclaimed tourist guide Mohan, with his broken English providing comic relief. Anjali Patil deserves kudos for her brilliant portrayal of the bride who is harassed by her in laws for not bearing a child while Akshata Acharya impresses with her prowess, while Rishi Saxena delivers a powerful performance as Kesar’s husband Laxman, though he has to contend with limited screen time.

All said and done, to put it in a nutshell, Malhar has been released in both Hindi and Marathi, offering a broader audience the chance to experience its soul-stirring captivating story, stellar performances, and masterful direction. Do not miss this film, as the film resonates deeply, slowly but surely capturing the viewer’s heart.

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