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Set in a village that has no place for a girl-child, this film is a satirical take on female foeticide as well as on the issues of farmer suicide and land acquisition.
Last year, Sameer Patil put focus on vasectomy through 'Poshter Boyz'. The film received mixed reviews. Sameer's 'Poshter Girl', which is not a sequel, definitely is a notch higher than his previous outing.
The film's core focus is on the issue of female foeticide but instead of making a melodramatic and hard-hitting serious film on the subject, the makers take the satirical route to make their point. Satires are a great tool of presentation especially when you want to keep your audience engaged and this works entirely in the favour of 'Poshter Girl'. It has humour, catchy dialogues and songs and star value which make it an entertainer that can pull crowds. On the other hand, the film strongly addresses social issues and in doing so, it makes for a entertaining watch with a cause.
The story begins with Rupali (Sonalee) coming to her village after a long time only to find out that there are no girls in the village. An aspiring agricultural officer, Rupali also notices that the villagers are taking the easy way out by selling their land for construction of a township. Things take a different turn when almost every bachelor from the village lands at Rupali's doorstep asking for her hand. To tackle this, she finds an effective solution that not only makes the villagers realise the importance of a girl-child but also instils in them a desire to farm their lands.
'Poshter Girl' is a great example of how a simple story can be turned into something sensible and entertaining to watch. There is humour but the resultant laughter is that of a stark realisation about the issue that the film deals with. Jitendra Joshi, Aniket Vishwasrao, Siddharth Menon, Sandeep Pathak and Akshay Tanksale are the heart and soul of the movie while Sonalee delivers a punch albeit not a very convincing one. It is Jitendra's antics that evoke the most laughs. Aniket's role is different from the over-the-top characters he usually portrays and he does well. Siddharth as the lover boy who's always drunk hits the right spots too. Sandeep and Akshay go overboard at times but balance it out with their comic timing as Ramesh and Suresh.
January had a fare share of average and below average films. 'Poshter Girl' stands apart in terms of its story, presentation and the fact that the protagonist here is a woman, unlike the many hero-oriented films that released in the recent past. The film is an entertaining watch with family or friends over the weekend. Do watch.