Well-written and beautifully executed, Muramba is a story that every person can identify it. At its core, the film is a story of facing your fears, but it is so layered that you get much more. Writer-director Varun Narvekar, a known name in Pune’s film/ theatre circuit, makes a fantastic debut with a film that is so nicely woven that it is impossible not to like it.
Alok (Wagh) and Indu (Palkar) are incompatible, or so they think; a reason for them ending their three-year relation. For Alok’s parents (Khedekar and Chinmayee) this is an incomprehensible thing, mainly because they can’t seem to figure what went wrong. Understandable because the reasons Alok gives are vague and from his point of view. It’s only after speaking with Indu that the complete picture is clear.
More often than not, a well-written film falls flat due to faulty execution of lacklustre performances. However, that’s not the case here. Amey delivers a brilliant performance as the guy afraid to get out of his comfort zone, by venturing out of his comfort zone (comic timing). Plus, his typical-Puneri attitude is spot on. Palkar, who makes her film debut with this one, has limited screen-time but commands the scenes she is in. As a lead pair for Muramba, there couldn’t have been a better one than these two youngsters. Ditto for Khedekar and Chinmayee (who makes a return to the big screen). As the chilled-out and understanding father, Khedekar brings authenticity to the roles and it’s a treat to watch him. Chinmayee as the concerned, doting mother strikes an emotional connection with every youngster.
Another interesting aspect of this film is it bringing day-to-day observations alive on screen. Rather than feeling like watching a film, you feel like being a part of it. And that is an achievement very few filmmakers manage to get.
Yes, somewhere in between you might find the film stretched, but thoughtful direction, crisp editing, beautiful music and fine performances more than balance that out.
To sum up, much like its name, Muramba is a slightly sweet, slightly sour and tad spicy preparation. So, cinema lovers, ditch the ‘pop’corn and sample this delightful mixture at the earliest.