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Aika Dajiba: A funny take on regional conflicts!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

DEEPAK Balraj Vij’s Aika Dajiba is his first Marathi venture after directing Hindi films like Jaan Tere Naam, Stuntman, Bomblast, Sailaab, etc.
The film speaks about how true love can rise over language and culture differences. Dajiba (Ashok Saraf) is a devout farmer of the Warkari sect, who are followers of Lord Vitthal and the ‘sant’ parampara in Maharashtra.

The ‘at peace with himself’ Dajiba and his wife (Kishori Shahane) have only one aim – to get their two dependents whom they have raised (wife’s younger sisters) married to good grooms.

But the girls (Mukta Barve and Priya Bapat) fall in love with a grocer’s son in the village (Prasad Oak) and a bank cashier (Rupesh Patole) respectively. But the hitch is that the grocer’s son is a Gujarati and the cashier comes from a well-to-do Mumbai Punjabi family. And Dajiba’s wife is a very orthodox and conservative lady, who will only accept Maharashtrian grooms for her sisters.

The good samaritan Dajiba does everything possible, right from opening a grocery shop to pose as a grocer to impress the Gujarati boy’s father and learning Punjabi and coming to Mumbai to meet the Punjabi boy’s family (Shakti Kapoor and Kishori Ambiye).

All these situations are terribly funny and leave the viewers rolling in the aisles with laughter due to some inspired writing by veteran Ashok Patole. However, the writer also throws a light on other communities staying in Maharashtra to customize themselves to Marathi and respect Maharashtrians.

All’s well and ends well, with both the girls getting married to their respective boyfriends. Director Deepak Balraj Vij has handled a sensitive subject with humour and pathos. He has drawn good performances from the entire cast, especially Ashok Saraf, who excels as usual and Kishori Shahane. The boys, Prasad Oak and Roopesh Patole, have taken pains to look and speak like their characters. The girls Mukta Barve and Priya Bapat look good and act well.

Shakti Kapoor, Kishori Ambiye, Vinay Yedekar, Anand Balraj and Narendra Bedi provide good support.

The film’s technical aspects are good and pleasing to the eyes, with some good cinematography by Manish Bhatt. The music by Avdhoot Gupte is tuneful especially the ‘Lavni’ song, which will be a rage with the front benchers.

See the film for some good laughs on a bleak rainy day to drive your blues away.

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