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Mantr trailer: Lack of flow and abrupt narration make it just passable

Directed by Harshwardhan, Mantr is scheduled to be released on 13 April.

Keyur Seta

Veteran actor Manoj Joshi was seen as a pujari or priest in Sandeep Bhalachandra Patil’s Dashakriya (2017). It has been just four months since the film released and he is back as a priest in director Harshwardhan’s Mantr. 

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This is not to say that the actor is repeating his act. He has brought some versitility in his character in Mantr. The trailer of the film was released today (28 March).

Even though it seems like the actor has done a good job, the same can’t be said for the trailer itself. The primary issue is that it lacks a flow. The narrative jumps from one situation to another in an abrupt manner, making it difficult to decipher conflict in the story.

One can roughly make out that Joshi’s character is a traditional priest. While his sons (Saurabh Gogate and Shubhankar Ekbote) have their hearts in other professions, they are too scared of their conservative family to speak up. The younger son is at a trainee and meets an independent girl (Dipti Shrikant Devi) at the workplace. The company is sending her to Germany and he hopes to follow her. However, he is pulled back by a conservative family that is not ready to bend its rules. He eventually takes up the family profession. In the end, the narrative suddenly shifts to what looks like communal violence.

Since, not much can be learnt from the trailer, one will need to wait for the film to hit the screens to make up one's mind.

Mantr is scheduled to be released on 13 April.

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