: As an old man Ratnakar Pathare tries to save his dying wife, the emotional trials and tribulations he faces, before he can decide whether to pull the plug off his wife's life support system is what Anumati is all about.
: Young love is like a candle that burns bright, is often fierce, but can be fickle too. But, the love of the old is like burning coal that may not have the luminance, but their sparks run deep enough to light a fire. You cannot but help think of this contrast when you watch Anumati, directed by Gajendra Ahire. While the young may watch with a sense of bravado, the old may do so with foreboding - any which way, Anumati touches you and this line from the film -
waat sampli ahey, me ugach chalat rahato
(the road is over, I don't know why I am still walking) replays in your head.
While at one level this film's a love story of a retired, old man Ratnakar Pathare (Vikram Gokhale) and his comatose wife Madhu (Neena Kulkarni), at another it speaks about how the old are perceived in society - as people who have lived enough! So, Ratnakar is asked to sign the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) form for his wife, which has the backing of his son (Subodh Bhave). As he mulls this decision of switching off life support, he travels to Konkan to sell their home, visits his daughter's home and meets his brother - all in a bid to get money for his wife's treatment and hopes that she won't be dependent on the ventilator. The fact that his wife was so full of life before this brain haemorrhage is making this decision tougher for him.
The poignancy in the tale lies in the situations. Whether it's the scene where Ratnakar's daughter gives him her little savings, or the many scenes where he talks to his unconscious wife and hugs her saying 'I Love You' - Anumati's filled with scenes that will get a lump in your throat. The brief encounter that Ratnakar has with his college sweetheart Ambu (Rima Lagoo) also warms the heart.
However, it's the moving performance of Vikram Gokhale that's riveting and touches you. Anger, irritation, helplessness, love and fatigue - the veteran actor touches on all these emotions like a master artiste, who knows his craft like the back of his hand. The picturesque, rain soaked Konkan landscape, captured in the most sublime manner by Govind Nihalani, the background music by Narendra Bhide and musical score by Ahire himself add a beautiful, yet melancholic touch to the film.