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Times of India
When a pseudo-godman wrongs her family, Mukta vows to avenge the wrongdoing. But, will she succeed in her plan?
Just because social films have worked well in the Marathi industry doesn't mean every such film will strike a chord.
Maza Algaar tries to uncover the truth behind fake godmen and their shady businesses. A few years ago, the Vaibhav Tatwawadi starrer Surajya tried doing the same. And while the latter was well made, Maza Algaar ends up being a shoddy attempt. Mahant (Swapnil Rajshekhar), a self-proclaimed Messiah, runs a school and ashram in a remote village. He is worshipped by the villagers but his true identity is something entirely different. Under the pretence of doing social work, Mahant runs a flesh-trade racket, hidden in plain sight. When social worker Nupur tries to uncover the truth, he is killed. A young girl named Mukta escapes from the clutches of the godman and swears to avenge the death of her father at the hands of Mahant. Helping her is her childhood friend Manya (Kadam).
In a supremely slow paced plot filled with actors who overact, there are just a few scenes that stand out. Apart from this, Maza Algaar is a tedious watch. Despite the story having the potential to have had a lasting impact, the patchy execution hampers it. Swapnil Rajshekhar as Mahant is convincing. The lead actress, debutant Aishwarya Rajesh, appears to be sincere and shows spark but needs to hone her potential.
As expected, the story ends on a positive note but it's all too convenient and predictable. Ultimately, the film doesn't hold your attention for long and you are left questioning the whole point of the more than two-hour long running time.