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Times of India
Set in the holy town of Pandharpur, this movie tracks the life of a family that is struggling to make ends meet.
Rarely do filmmakers make a children's film and that too with such class. After directing the much acclaimed 'Harishchandrachi Factory' in 2009, director Paresh Mokashi returns with this amazing tale of a kid who shoulders the responsibility of earning for his family.
Dnyanesh (Shrirang) is a bright kid who loves his bicycle Elizabeth a lot. The reason behind the attachment is the fact that the cycle was built by his deceased father, a science aficionado who worshipped Newton. Following the passing of his father, the family comprising of Dnyanesh, his mother (Nandita), grandmother (Vanmala Kinikar) and sister Mukta (Saili), starts facing financial trouble. While the mother does her best to earn through sewing clothes, the income stops when her sewing machine is confiscated due to non-payment of a loan. Dnyanesh asks her if he can put up a bangle shop near the Vitthal Mandir but she refuses and decides to sell Elizabeth off to repay the loan. This propels Dnyanesh to start the shop without his mother's knowledge and in order to save Elizabeth. Helping him is his gang of friends, Mukta and their grandmother.
The strong points of the film are its simple yet powerful story, direction and acting. Madhugandha Kulkarni's story is probably inspired by a lot of childhood memories and reflects those with considerable ease. Visually the film is not as beautiful as it could've been but Paresh's direction gives precise shape to all the characters including those that are seen for a few minutes in the film. Shrirang and Nandita do exceedingly well and never feel out of place. The rest of the cast is good but it is Pushkar's foul mouthed and manipulating Ganya that stays with you.
Apart from this, the crisp length of the film contributes in making it a good watch.