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Times of India
The journey of a newly-married couple that nurtures a dream and works hard to turn it into reality.
One good thing that came out of the humongous number of releases in the last couple of months was the fact that a lot of muck was filtered. Though the muck affected good films that released around the same time, it cleared the way for the other better films, one of them being 'Double Seat'.
Sameer Vidwans makes a comeback to film direction two years after Time Please and how. Double Seat is a story out of any commoner's life; a commoner who harbours dreams of a better life. In this case, the story unfolds through the journey of Amit (Chaudhary) and Manjiri Naik (Barve), a couple which lives in a small home with Amit's parents and brother. Amit's economically poor condition and modest salary prohibits him from dreaming big but Manjiri's arrival in his life changes things. She ignites a spark in him and the couple get a mission in life; that of buying a separate house for themselves. Both of them are supported in their endeavour by Amit's mother (Gupte) and later by his father (Joshi). Their ship seems to be sailing in calm waters until the weather changes but the determined couple makes it through.
As mentioned earlier, the story can be one from anyone's life but the way it has been weaved together into the film is something entirely different. One can identify with the chats and struggle of the family easily.
But more than the story, it is the characters that catch your attention. Each has been etched out in a way that reminds you of people that you have come across. The credit goes to the actors, each an established one, for keeping it as real as they possibly can. Mukta, who too makes a return after two years, is brilliant as ever as the strong-willed, caring and accommodative wife. It's great to see Ankush Chaudhary in a role other than that of a brooding college student. His portrayal is testimony to the fact that he can do much more than stylish dialogue-delivery. Veterans Vidyadhar Joshi and Vandana Gupte as Amit's parents look and fit the part. Gupte, especially, livens up the screen with well-timed punch lines and expressions.
Towards the latter part of the second half, Double Seat suffers due to slow pace and seems stretched unnecessarily. The music and camera work deserve a special mention but a running time less by around seven minutes could've ensured an even better overall impact.
But 'Double Seat' is not a film to be missed. You will walk out of the cinema hall with a changed perspective.