Mumbai, 28 Jun 2019 8:00 IST
The film is strictly average, saved only by a decent performance by Mrunmayee Deshpande and by the crisp dialogues.
Miss U Mister is the story of a newly married couple Varun (Siddharth Chandekar) and Kaveri (Mrunmayee Deshpande) and the hardships they go through when financial problems force them to live apart for 18 months. Their love is put to test in this period.
Varun's father Girish Deval (Rajan Bhise) is a builder who incurs a heavy loss in his business. Varun takes it upon himself to set up a new office and restart the business. But to realize this dream, he has to move to the UK for 18 months.
This is where the trouble begins and the distance starts taking its toll on their relationship. Small misunderstandings balloon into big problems.
Siddharth Chandekar does a decent job of portraying a frustrated and sometimes clueless husband who has no idea about the hardships his wife is going through back home. But the role is not a very challenging one and does not require a lot from an actor.
Mrunmayee Deshpande puts on a mature act as Kaveri. She manages to show the dejection felt by the character when her efforts go unappreciated by her husband without ever going overboard.
Veteran actress Savita Prabhune plays Varun's mother. This is not new territory for Prabhune and, truth be told, of late she has only been playing such roles. The makers could have easily used footage from any of her recent performances in other films or TV serials and no one would have known the difference.
Rajan Bhise gets a couple of scenes to show his acting prowess, but for the most part the film revolves around Varun and Kaveri. Avinash Narkar and Radhika Vidyasagar play Kaveri's parents, but, unfortunately, they also don't have much to do.
The film starts on a decent note and keeps you interested for most of the first half, but as it enters the second half the novelty of the topic begins to wear off and you are subjected to a clichéd story progression. To Kaveri's delight, Varun returns home after a few months, but the distance has played its part and they no longer have the chemistry that they once shared.
Here onwards, the film treads a path that has been walked on by many other directors and writers. The blame for this lies solely with writer-director Sameer Hemant Joshi. He is, in the true sense, the captain of this sinking ship as he has written the story, screenplay and dialogues, besides directing it.
Though the boring screenplay is the main cause for the ship listing, the crisp dialogues keep this vessel afloat for a while. Lazy writing in the second half is the biggest flaw of this film. The writer introduces a completely new character out of the blue as a quick fix to the couple's problem, which was not a big problem to begin with.
The film is also too lengthy for its own good. If it had been a 90 minute rom-com with a little dose of drama, Miss U Mister might have worked, but at 120 minutes it tests your patience on more than a few occasions.
Miss U Mister also has a few problems prevalent in other Marathi films of this genre, like overuse of background music and the clichéd friend who has no role to play in the progression of the story.
Overall, Miss U Mister is a strictly average film saved by a decent performance by the female lead and by crisp dialogues.
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