'Saha Gunn' (Six Marks) is one of those films that need to be made for a reason. Here, director Kiran Gawade addresses the problem of over-protective parents dumping their ambitions on children. What they don’t understand is that the pressure to perform can end up having serious implications on the kids’ mental well-being.
Through Vidya and his mother Saraswati (Amruta Subhash), the viewer is introduced to a section of parents for whom the kid’s academic performance means everything. Saraswati means no harm to her son but she can’t fathom that in her quest to make Vidya the best student, she is turning him into a depressed kid. The pressure takes a toll on Vidya who is unable to take the competition from newcomer Rajas Panse, head on. It goes to a limit where Vidya contemplates suicide and it is only the return of his father Shriganesh (Sunil Barve) from the US that brings his life back on track.
The film is not the most brilliant one made on this subject but it definitely is one that starts a dialogue. The need of overall development in the formative years of a kid is brought into focus here. Where Saha Gunn falters is in its juvenile treatment. There are many things in it that could be done away with in order to stick to the subject.
The actors though, are spot on. Amruta and Archit repeat their Killa magic. The other kids, including Siddhesh Parab and Ajinkya Londhe, are at ease in front of the camera. Barve’s cameo is effective but it would’ve been good to see more of him onscreen.
In the exam season, 'Saha Gunn' raises a relevant question and needs to be watched by the kids and parents alike.