Mumbai Pune Mumbai

wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?)

quick review:

A lovely take on arranged marriage though the "me better, me better" competition between Mumbai and Pune gets overbearing after the first few times. Yet, there is enough to take away from the film.

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Director: Satish Rajwade
Running time: 110 minutes
Categories: Regional
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The primitiveness of the "Arranged marriage system" troubles the urban youth but is certainly a fallback option for those who cannot find an alliance for themselves. Yet the discomfort doesn't go away. Films, especially Marathi films, have now and again tried to come up with novel ways to deal with this awkwardness. Mumbai Pune Mumbai is one of them and despite its impracticalness, the idea has potential.

Besides the basic one line concept, the dialogue between two complete strangers is written really well and delivered in a decent manner too. The chemistry shared between people who have just met but for some reason or the other end up spending a day together is beautifully directed and enacted. While Swapnil Joshi behaves more like a 15-year old but it is fairly easy to ignore those moments considering his character's insight about relationships.

The effort the writers have taken to address issues in a relationship is obvious. Concepts like being "too loyal to ones' emotions" or showing relief that a guy senses when he realizes that the crying girl is not upset because of him are some examples of the nuances captured.

Ironically, the writing department is also one of the few issues that keep it from being a must-must watch in the theater. Almost as if to justify the title of the film, the Mumbaikar-Puneri fight is taken a bit too far.

The other puller-downers are a little less basic. For example, the way in which the only song in the film was shot. It looked like the song existed because the lead actor refused to accept the role if he were going to be in the same outfit throughout the film. Another snag was the camerawork in some scenes. It felt like the cinematographer got bored of taking straight shots and resorted to weird angles just to entertain himself.

Despite the above issues, the theory by itself is interesting enough to make it to your 'to watch' list. Especially, if you are on the hunt, the arranged marriage way.

- meeta, a part of the audience

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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anup Jaipurkar : Mast.... Pharach chan.... I love both Swapnil and Mukta......

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Harshal : A Must Watch for all batchlers

Yay! Thumbs Up, by nishantk : swapnil and mukta both ruled the movie excillent job well done

Yay! Thumbs Up, by RAHUL

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Rani : Must Watch Entertainer

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Sachin : Swapnil & Mukta are Superb. This film is too goodddd everyone should watch this film. Perfect Movie.

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Snehal Patel

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Vaibhav Patil

Yay! Thumbs Up, by vishal : 100

Yay! Thumbs Up, by yusuf dandekar deshmukh : 100

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Plot Summary

Mukta Burve has made a day trip to Pune from her home town Mumbai to "see" a boy for a marriage alliance, the arranged marriage way. Walk along the town with her to see how she spent the day.

What Worked

  • The way an awkward moment between a guy and a girl is dealt with.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The suddenness of the first intimate question. Looked mighty out of place.
  • Lousy background music.
  • The Sinhgad scene was a bit too long and dragged.
  • Mukta Burve's makeup.
  • The "palat" moment.
  • A relatively empty Pune railway station platform at 6pm for a train leaving for Mumbai. I think, I actually saw a guy run out of the camera frame, to keep the field clear. :)

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None
  • Concept: a fresh take on the arranged marriage system
  • General Look and Feel: Serious topic dealt with in a light manner.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

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Running time:
110 minutes

Comments (4)

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We saw this movie during the weekend and I was pleasantly surprised to see this well balanced review (of a Marathi film).
I feel that it is the superb acting of Mukta Barve which is the highlight of this movie, apart from the sheer simplicity of the plot and story.

I haven't seen the movie yet..but think it must be a great entertainer.Let's see what it has about marriages.

Kay Rao.....
Itki chan movie aahe ho.....
Mala asa watal ki DDLJ ch marathi version aahe....

-Anup Jaipurkar

Snehal Patel

very very nice movie........ i m not know marathi language but i can understand some words of language...... really brilliant story..... i love it

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