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Times of India
A sequel to the 2010 film 'Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai', this one revolves around the marriage preparation of the lead protagonists.
It took five years for this sequel to hit the screens. The delay was unexpected but viewers were sure of a sequel considering how the first instalment ended. Our protagonists, whose names are finally revealed, have hit it off and all set to tie the knot in 'Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai 2' (MPM2).
Gautam (Swwapnil Joshi) and Gauri (Mukta Barve), the polar opposites from Pune and Mumbai, are the most unusual of couples. One is ice, the other is fire. One is calm in the most distressing situations while the other has a bad temper and confused mind to deal with. One is a Punekar and the other, a Mumbaikar. Considering the differences, a marriage of fire and ice seems to be the most unlikely thing but Gautam and Gauri start treading the path. On the way, they learn more about each other and each others' families. There is a lingering doubt in Gauri's mind though; a doubt that makes her have second thoughts about the marriage. Add to it the arrival of Gauri's ex-boyfriend Arnav.
'MPM' had a novel quality that 'MPM2' lacks. The first instalment had something that had never been done in Marathi cinema but the sequel doesn't have much of that. It frequently delves into the 'MPM' for references but is more of a standalone film, courtesy the story and new characters.
Rajwade has brought out the emotions of two families readying for a wedding and also shed light on the thoughts going on in the to-be bride and groom's minds. He has also packed the film with a cast of established actors who give no scope of finding faults in their portrayals. Prashant Damle evokes maximum laughs with his punches and expressions while Savita Prabhune, Suhas Joshi, Vijay Kenkre and Mangal Kenkre fit their roles to the T. Swwapnil and Mukta are brilliant as the different yet meant-to-be couple whose arguments over Pune and Mumbai's pride are entertaining. Both carry the film on their shoulders.
What 'MPM2' lacks is crispness. It gives a feeling of having been there and seen that. Of course, there's the twist in the tale but the film gets predictable as it unfolds. It's a family entertainer that can be watched once.
WATCH: Behind the scene moments from the 'MPM2' sets:
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