Mumbai, 13 Jul 2018 9:00 IST
You will have just two thoughts after watching this Pandurang Jadhav film: why did he make it, and why did I watch it?
After watching director Pandurang Jadhav’s Marathi film Dry Day, you wonder what was worse — the film's title, which has no connection with the story, or its content. Ultimately, the latter outdoes the former.
The movie can be a case study on how to drag a narrative on for 125 minutes by including lots of silly moments. A compilation of unconnected funny gags would have been funnier.
Dry Day is about college students Ajay (Rutwikk Kendre) and Pallavi (Monalisa Bagal). The two fall in love at first sight but break up after a misunderstanding. They have patched up quite a few times in the past and Ajay expects the same to happen again. His friends Pakya (Yogesh Sohoni) and a few others help him to cope with the situation.
The film starts when Pakya has become a professor. He sees a few liquor bottles being broken on the campus and angrily asks his students to clean up not only the glass pieces but also the entire premises (too obsessed with the Modi government's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan?).
Interestingly, the students are eager and excited to know the story of Ajay and Pallavi's break-up. Why? The reviewer has no idea.
The first half of Dry Day makes it clear the film has no structure as far as the writing is concerned. We are told right in the beginning that Ajay and Pallavi have broken up. Now why would the audience want to know how they fell in love? Their love story, if it can be called one, is just about a guy falling for a girl at first sight.
Funnily, a major part of the first half is spent in search of Pallavi’s scooter. It all happens when Ajay forcefully snatches the keys from her because she has broken up with him. She is forced to hire an autorickshaw to go back home and the scooter goes missing. Mind you, the audience is expected to feel for such a character.
Another moment of utter nonsense is when the boys try to ‘trouble’ Pallavi’s family by throwing groundnuts on her window panes. Also, Ajay stealthily enters her bedroom to wake her up and is shocked when she screams. Well, what else did he expect?
One would expect something important to happen after the interval but, for some reason, the narrative continues to go round and round in circles with inconsequential subplots that neither make sense nor entertain.
Dry Day is titled so because it was a 'dry', or no-alcohol, day when Ajay and Pallavi broke up! The title has no other connection with the film. The characters keep finding liquor throughout the duration of the film. As a result, the film has some forceful and irritating songs based on liquor. In fact, liquor can easily be considered one of the characters in the film. It is also the best performer.
Rutwikk Kendre has decent acting skills, but his weird character does not leave him much scope. After a not-so-impressive performance in Sobat (2018), Monalisa Bagal struggles again. Yogesh Sohoni is the best of the lot and appears to be a good performer. Let’s hope he finds better scripts in future.
Kailash Waghmare is perfect for the role of a drunkard, one is clueless about his purpose in the film, apart from bringing in liquor every now and then. Chinmay Kambli, who was recently seen in Ziprya (2018), and Ayli Ghiya are adequate even in their inconsequential roles. A fine actor like Arun Nalawade is wasted in a cameo.
Finally, you will have just two thoughts after watching this film: Why did they make it, and why did I watch it?
Watch the film's trailer below:
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