Pratyek neta ha abhineta asto
(Every political leader is an actor), a drunk local political leader Dutta Shivalkar (Ganesh Yadav) says to his right-hand man Nishi (Sanjay Khapre), an aspiring politician, as the film rushes to its climax. The audience in the cinema hall laughs, a few whistle. It has been a bumpy ride so far.
A political drama, Nagarsevak begins on a promising note. The opening scene shows a late social worker's statue being vandalised. His followers call their present leader, who asks them to go beserk. Things get out of hand quickly, and the local corporator Malhar Shinde (Upendra Limaye) becomes the political scapegoat in the situation. As we get intrigued by what happened, Deepak Kadam, the director, throws caution to the wind and takes us on a roller-coaster ride, with a kickass action scene, a kidnapping, a local goon, a flashback and a love song; all within the first half hour.
In a nutshell, Nagarsevak stays true to its title. It's the journey of a man from being a hot-headed Good Samaritan to a local corporator who learns all the tricks of the trade. And except for a few unnecessary hiccups like a love story and a few action scenes, the director keeps the narration fast-paced. A shout-out to the casting director, because, although all the actors are well-established, they still look fit for the roles they are essaying here.
From the three stars we are giving this film, one whole star belongs to Upendra Limaye, for the sheer grit he shows in his character development, going from a goon to a leader, the change in his body-language is worth watching.
Overall, this is paisa-vasool entertainment. So if you like socio-political drama, with loads of action, this is the movie you must watch.