Based on the exploits of the teen detective character created by BR Bhagwat, Faster Fene takes you on an adventure ride.
When you have to adapt a book to the screen and that too one that has a huge emotional association with an entire generation of readers, the job is not easy. Doing that and also making it relevant to generations that have never read the books is no mean task. But screenwriter Kshitij Patwardhan and director Aditya Sarpotdar emerge with flying colours in both.
BR Bhagwat's series of books about the teen detective Faster Fene has a following of loyal readers and keeping the sentiment intact yet making the premise relevant to contemporary is where the duo strike the first of many home runs. Banesh aka Faster Fene (Wagh) comes to Pune (from Baneshwar, not Phursungi this time) for a medical entrance exam. While getting ready to go back home after the exam, FaFe comes across an unfortunate piece of news. As someone with an eye for detail and nose for solving mysteries, Fene stays back, wanting to solve the mystery. In the process of solving a murder mystery, Fene ends up uncovering a much bigger scam.
FaFe works brilliantly on multiple levels. It keeps the thrill intact throughout, doesn't go off track even once, has actors that put their heart and soul into the characters, weaves a popular character with a contemporary story and is executed in the best possible way. Sarpotdar, who makes a return two years after his last release, Classmates, is steadily achieving mastery in this genre. But he is not the only one that makes FaFe a must watch. The captain of the ship is ably supported by his cast and crew.
As Banesh, Amey Wagh is revelation. He translates FaFe's characteristics perfectly onscreen and adds a certain level of urgency to the film, as if something is waiting to happen. This works well for the overall appeal of his character as well as the film. Parna as FaFe's sidekick Aboli is convincing while Prabhavalkar as BR Bhagwat's namesake in the film is spot on.
But if there is one person who actually poses a threat to Wagh's character, it is Girish Kulkarni as the villainous Appa. The menacing laugh, the ability to switch from humour to downright evil and the body language; Girish performs so well in all these departments that the titular character is almost overshadowed by his mere presence.
This film keeps you engaged throughout and that's where it scores the final home run. In Faster Fene, the Marathi industry has found a potential franchise and we hope to see more adventures of the detective soon. Tockk!
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