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Times of India
To attempt a satire with the winter session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly as its backdrop is worth lauding. Besides anything else, a film like this ensures a few gags and jibes at our politicians.
It also means that the viewers will get to see the ways of the political world through a light-hearted sentiment. So, Nagpur Adhiveshan scores on that front. But, when it comes to execution, the film’s over-ambitious approach goofs up everything.
The winter session in Nagpur spells excitement for many but for people in the system, it is a crucial time. We have Gajabhau (Ganeshpure) who claims to be friends with politicians and takes up work from anyone who approaches him, in return for petty favours. Then there is the public servant Salunkhe (Anaspure) who is going through a bad phase and has hopes rested on the session and Jadhav (Karhade) who is unhappy with his transfer to Nagpur and wants to go back to Mumbai. These guys, their problems and stories make up for most of the film’s premise.
The satirical take on how the adhiveshan is more like a picnic for all the politicians is spot on. It basically exposes how everyone is a puppet of the system. The first half is just fine, with Ganeshpure and Anaspure bringing the screen alive with their comic timing. In the second half, the film falters as it tries to merge too many sub-plots.
Nagpur Adhiveshan ends up trying too hard to make people laugh. It does evoke a few laughs but over time, you lose interest. In trying to make the perfect recipe for a satire, the film overcooks the preparation. And as they say, too many cooks…