Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dhoosar: First Cut

Suniti returns home after two years to find out that her mother doesn't recognise her.
That's the story in one line of Amol Palekar's soon to be released Marathi film, Dhoosar (Blurred).
Being a Palekar film, the expectation of the audience will be certainly high and the fact that it has bagged Maharashtra State Awards in three categories – Best Film, Best Direction and Best Music – ensures its critical success.
The cast and crew of Dhoosar - Reema Lagoo, Smita Tambe (Suniti), Upendra Limaye and Amruta Khanvilkar - were in the city at the launch of the film's website, wwww.dhoosarthefilm.com. The website was launched by ace shutterbug Gautam Rajadhyaksha.
The film revolves around Lagoo and Tambe, who play mother-daughter in the movie. Lagoo plays the role of Suhasini who suffers from Alzheimer.
Rajadhyaksha, who has previewed the movie, said that it was beautifully shot in a non-linear pattern punctuated with flashbacks and unfolding in present time. It shows the helplessness of the family members as the disease has no finality
Praising Lagoo's performance, Palekar says, “Reema has played mother to all the Khans in the industry, but as mother of Suniti in Dhoosar, she will stand out. Her performance is natural and subtle, so much so that she lost out on the Maharashtra State's Best Actress award for the film. The jury felt that 'Reema Lagoo hasn't acted at all' and unwittingly paid her the best compliment. I didn't want any of my actors to be 'over the top' or show that they could 'act'.”
Lagoo affirms Palekar's statement saying, “I have very few dialogues in the movie. Dhoosar is in the true sense a Chitrapat (Visual medium) and not a Bolpat (Talkie).”
Sandhya Gokhale, the script-writer and co-director of the film, said, “I took three weeks to write the script. I intended that the film shouldn't be a cliché tear-jerker and I hope I have succeeded.”
The movie also sees the return of Upendra Limaye in a Palekar film after a long gap. Limaye had earlier acted in Palekar's Bangarwadi.
Showering fulsome praise on Limaye, Palekar says, “Upendra is a very powerful, intense actor and a very dear friend of mine. I took almost seven years after Bangarwadi to cast him in Dhoosar. But he fit the role perfectly. With this performance, I am sure Upendra will endear himself to non-Marathi audience. His role in Dhoosar will be an important milestone in his career just like Jogwa was.”
Like Limaye, Kishore Kadam alias Soumitra has also returned in Palekar's film as a lyricist. Soumitra has penned four songs including a rock song (first time in Palekar's directorial venture) to the tune of Anand Modak's compositions. This is Modak and Soumitra's second film together with Palekar and Gokhale.

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