As the tagline suggests,
lihili tula pochli tila,
the story revolves around the confusion caused by a misplaced love letter.
Sensible comedies in the film industry are rare, especially because the Marathi industry has been obsessed with the slapstick comedy genre for long. However, Chitthi offers a refreshing change from this trend.
Sharada (Kadgaonkar) is set to tie the knot with a groom of her parents' choice. However, she is in a relationship with Santosh (Ekbote). Unable to carry on with their secret rendezvous, Sharada and Santosh decide to communicate with each other through letters. While Santosh's letter reaches Sharada, her reply is misplaced by Nandya, a kid from the neighbourhood. The letter ultimately falls in the wrong hands and, no points for guessing, this causes a lot of confusion in the lives of parallel characters.
Back in 1993, the Marathi movie
had explored a similar topic. But the distinguishing factors for Chitthi would be its rural settings and simplicity of the characters. In fact, the innocent humour of the four child actors works in favour of this film. Nandya and his friends Sottya, Chandya and Bambya win your hearts with their antics in a bid to find the lost letter.
In his directorial debut, Vaibhav Dange has done a good job with the flow of the story. Considering Dhanashri has previously essayed rural characters, she is at ease portraying Sharada. Shubhankar too internalises his character and delivers a good performance.
Although the end is predictable, the movie skips done-to-death sequences, replacing it with a cartoon strip. A wise move we must say. Chitthi's high point is its innocent humour which makes it a one-time watch.