Zhak Marli Baayko Keli

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)

quick review:

A very valid point about 'losing face' and facing social stigma is raised. But it's too long and long-windedly preachy to hold interest through the end.

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Director: Bhaskar Jadhav
Running time: 135 minutes
Categories: Regional
Genres: Comedy, Romance
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Bhagyashree carries over from Maine Pyaar Kiya to show what post-marital life would be with a simple and virtuous woman like her. Simple she may be but succumbing her character, Asmita is not. She knows her mind and will not compromise or take any crap thrown her way. Asmita, however impractical is the only beauty of this film. The rest is a lot of ho-hum and a very poor attempt at comedy.

I have often wondered why a person offends in public and apologizes, if at all, in private. The basic plot of this film makes sure that the wrong-doer is appropriately humiliated in public. And that if the offended is strong in conviction they will get their way.

Yet, it takes an exasperatingly long time to get there it also has loads of eye-roll inducing dialogues served along the way. Surprisingly though, there's a certain flow in the script that is lacking in many Hindi and Marathi films these days. It doesn't come across as one episode was edited to be pasted after another randomly. One event led smoothly into another. That still doesn't mean that characters are consistent or transform smoothly or are written well. And the interactions between people seem extremely superficial.

There's this constant feeling of being in the late 80s-early 90s. From the way the people are dressed to their body language to the way the songs are picturised. That also means that Bhagyashree looks absolutely sweet and the other side characters absolutely obnoxious. I can't deny that it's very adorable to see a bride actually feel shy on her wedding day. If nothing else it's nostalgic for sure. But, we'd much rather watch one of the films for 90s for that, wouldn't we?

Also, some out of all the really long songs are absolutely hideous. And song or no song, there's absolutely nothing natural about any of the performances - as 'put-on' as they can get.

If you have the patience to sit through or forward some long speeches on values, some distasteful songs, some yawn-worthy comedy there is a pretty impractical yet novel argument in the end. But that patience will be required in abundance.

- meeta, a part of the audience

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Plot Summary

Asmita (Bhagyashree), a virtuous woman who lives in a village gets married to Kuldeep (Bharat Jadhav) from the city. To retain his job Kuldeep has to lie about his marital status only to find his boss being strongly attracted to him. And then the story unrolls.

What Worked

  • Some of the scenic long shots to capture the beauty of the bungalow in which Bhagyashree stays were beautiful.
  • The fact that the accusations in court are not cheap and scandalous. Have no clue if such an accusation will hold in court. But at least, they tried something different.

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

  • Bhagyashree's dubbing in the first bhajan was absolutely off.
  • How come Asmita has never seen her cousin?
  • How does Kuldeep get his appointment letter in Mahabaleshwar when he lives in Bombay?
  • The supposedly seductive song - Y U C K!
  • Bharat Jadhav's wig.
  • How come the General Manager doesn't know the turnover of the company?
  • The entire argument between the two doctors - what was that all about!?
  • How come the parents have no clue of what is going on in their daughter's life?


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • The mikes and the boxes for channel names on the mikes! We made a better one for our little video here and here. Not to mention our correspondent and news reporter looked far more seasoned too. ;)

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None
  • Language: No profanity
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None except for one mild yet repelling seductive song.
  • Concept: Standing up for what one believes in.
  • General Look and Feel: They try to keep it light but it often dips into preachy.

Zhak Marli Baayko Keli - Cast, crew, links

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Running time:
135 minutes

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