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A couple sets out on a journey to re-discover love.
This week is all about experimentation and variety for Marathi films. While the other release 'Phuntroo' delves into the sci-fi genre, 'Anuraag' is a drama. What's interesting about the film is that the film revolves completely around just two characters. At a time when marriages are falling apart owing to no attachment among other reasons, this film takes a balanced look at things from both, the husband and the wife's perspective.
After problems start arising in Saumya (Deshpande) and Rishabh's (Gohil) married life, the couple embarks on a journey to Leh, the place where their relationship began, in order to reignite the spark intheir relation. Rishabh, who used to be Saumya's boss at one time, has no time for her and is more interested in his work. Unable to go on like this, Saumya tries one last time to save the marriage from falling apart but Rishabh considers her constant requests as nagging. Is love just about living together? Does the fire go out after a few years of being married? Does the couple find the lost affinity and rekindle their relationship?
Focusing on only two people is quite a risk for a filmmaker because the film stands to become monotonous and boring. Ambarish Darak takes the risk and succeeds in making the viewer think. Awkward silences and meaningful pauses make one ponder over the questions that the film raises.
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Mrunmayee is constantly evolving as an actor and here, she gives a mature performance that is far better than her earlier roles. The one-film old Dharmendra has been in the news for not promoting the film and Darak has reportedly even sent him a legal notice. But as far as his performance is concerned, he's spot on. The maturity with which the two have portrayed their characters is worth appreciating.
'Anuraag' is not a film for the masses and one wouldn't be surprised to know of people who found the film boring. But the film has a distinct quality which married couples would identify with. It is a must watch for the sensitive and thinking viewer.
WATCH: Trailer of 'Anuraag'
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