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Times of India
A biopic based on freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak's life.
Very rarely does a Marathi film get a standing ovation from the audience and 'Lokmanya - Ek Yugpurush' is one of those rare films that evoke this reaction.
Not much needs to be said about Lokmanya Tilak and his contribution to the freedom movement. Be it the purpose of starting the Swadeshi movement, New English School, the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav celebrations or that of the newspapers Kesari and Maratha, Tilak's contribution has had a significant impact on the freedom struggle and shaping of the society in general. But of late there has arisen a need of dusting the cobwebs that have formed on his ideologies and thoughts. Director Om Raut and Kaustubh Savarkar do this very dusting with a very thought provoking and well-researched piece of history by putting it onscreen for the uber-tolerant commoners of today.
The story unfolds through the eyes of a journalist played by Chinmay Mandlekar as he reads through a book on Tilak's life. Lokmanya Tilak was many things but above all he was a visionary whose ideas inspired thousands of youngsters to join the freedom struggle. While Raut and Savarkar's story provide a strong base, it is Subodh Bhave's brilliant portrayal of Tilak that keeps you rooted and engrossed throughout. His command on the body language and enunciation make this Subodh's best performance till date.
The costumes by Mahesh Sherla, Vikram Gaikwad's work on Subodh's look and art direction by Santosh Phutane deserve a very special mention for recreating the pre-independence era beautifully. Tilak's time spent in Pune, Mandalay and Mumbai and every minute detail of his work has been captured perfectly in the film which makes it a must watch for everyone. Sameer Vidwans and Angad Mhaskar impress in their roles as Gopal Ganesh Agarkar and Daji Khare respectively.
'Lokmanya - Ek Yugpurush' raises many questions that get you thinking whether we have forgotten the sacrifices that got us freedom and more importantly, are we really free? Probably the power has changed but we are still being ruled and exploited.
WATCH: Trailer of 'Lokmanya - Ek Yugpurush'
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