We’ve witnessed what can be called an influx of teenage love stories in Marathi cinema of late. One could consider 'Itemgiri' as another addition to the list.
Superficially, 'Itemgiri' could be considered a love story of a boy and a girl, but it’s much more than that. It can’t be called a coming-of-age story either, although the lead tries to understand what has been a question left unanswered for ages – what do women want? Neither is 'Itemgiri' a pure comedy where we get to see Mithu (Hansraj Jagtap) and his friends Asif (Suraj Takke) and Samar (Shashi Thosar) go through teenaged antics to get a girl, as advised by their friend, philosopher and guide Uttam Tonge (Milind Shinde).
Mithu is a sweet guy with just one aim, to express his feeling for Kasturi, a girl he has been trying to woo since childhood. He’s already wary of girls and their ways, after a failed mission to let a friend find the love of his life. Mithu’s life goes as planned, and then falls apart, so his childhood best friends Asif and Samar take him to Uttam Tonge, a man who has a bad reputation in the village. Based on Uttam’s “love guru” advises, Asif and Samar enjoy their lives, but Mithu ends up swearing against women in general. But that’s when Shruti (Rajeshwari Kharat) enter his life. What happens next is not what you can guess.
From the very first frame, the film catches your attention and keeps it till the end credits roll. And there’s never a dull moment, making you forget that you are watching a film. 'Itemgiri' was made with the intention of entertainment, and it delivers on that front, with a side dish of social message.
Hansraj Jagtap, whom we last saw in 'Dhag' for which he won the special jury mention at national awards, portrays the sweet, brooding Mithu effortlessly. Rajeshwari Kharat’s Shruti looks the older version of Shalu, the character she portrayed in 'Fandry'. Suraj and Shashi share a great chemistry with Hansraj and together the trio look and act their part of childhood friends. We’d like to thank Pradeep Tonge and Mangesh Shedage for casting Milind Shinde as the mast-maula Uttam Tonge. The actor shows us that he can do much more than just play a scheming, conniving villain.
It’s a fun film to watch over the weekend, don’t miss.