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Times of India
: A 13-year-old boy runs away from his boarding school only to undertake a journey from Satara to Kolhapur that will change his approach to life forever.
It's a road trip that tugs at the heart strings and opens your eyes to life in its rawest form. Rajiv Patil's
72 Miles Ek Pravas
, based on Ashok Vhatkar's novel by the same name tells the true story of Ashok (Chinmay Pant), a 13-year-old boy, who is in a boarding school in Satara because his parents want to discipline his wayward ways. The strict regimen is not to his liking so he runs away and wants to go back to Kolhapur. It's on this journey that he meets Radhakka (Smita Tambe) and her four kids - who are on their way to Shegaon.
As Radhakka seamlessly makes him part of her family, Ashok is pleasantly shocked at the ease with which she takes care of him like her own. He is sensitive to her troubles and recognizing this trait she shares her life's story with him.
: As they walk on foot, this journey is laden with emotions of myriad hues. One particular scene - the death of a baby - shakes you up. As Radhakka digs a grave with Ashok, the heartbroken look she gives when she sees her own kids looking for food, while a boy she met a few hours ago helping her is amazing. The irony of hunger and loss is not lost and kudos to Rajiv Patil for bringing this out well. He is helped ably by some brilliant camera work by Sanjay Jadhav.
The landscape looks wickedly daunting and sublimely grey - complimenting the scenes beautifully. However, it's Smita Tambe's show all the way as she portrays a plethora of emotions with enviable ease and not even for a second does she stray away from her character. In one scene where she compromises her values, so her kids' don't sleep hungry, she shows strength, vulnerability, sadness and helplessness all at one time and is brilliant. The film's grim - but it's sans any frills and that's where its appeal lies.