Finally, a cop-buddy film in Marathi which is funny, quirky, has great characters, and a poignant observation to make. Sameer Patil, who gave us 'Poshter Boyz' and 'Poshter Girl', makes another comedy with a social message. It gives you the '21 Jump Street' vibe but is rooted in Indian soil.
We have three cops – the veteran Assistant Police Sub Inspector (PSI) Pralhad Ghodke (Ashok Saraf), the rude Assistant Police Inspector (API) Dilip Thakur (Upendra Limaye), and the enthusiastic newbie Assistant Police Sub Inspector Subhash Jadhav (Vikas Patil). The three are as different as chalk, cheese and charcoal, but are best of friends in the Andheri police station. Reprimanded for that lacklustre performance, tired of their boring routines, the three land a case that could change the course of their career, not that it matters for Ghodke. On the heels of a jewellery crime syndicate, they catch Manoj Pande (Suyog Gorhe), but soon realise the Bihari babu is just a small fish in the ocean.
The best part of the film is its casting. Ashok mama as the about-to-retire Pralhad Ghodke is perfect. Throughout the films, he makes such scathing observations of the Police Department in such matter-of-fact tones that it deserves applause. Upendra Limaye as the rude, task-master Dilip Thakur is equally good. Vikas Patil is cute as the MPSC-pass out Subhash Jadhav, who has a speech problem but nonetheless pursues his female colleague (Pallavi Patil). Suyog manages to get the accent right, switching smoothly through Marathi, Telegu and Hindi. Raghubir Yadav surprises you with his Marathi.
Through his three lead characters, Sameer gives us a 360 view of the functioning of the Police Department. But the story flows very abruptly. Mahesh Limaye’s camera work is great, but you expect it from someone of his calibre. The last monologue feels a little forced and unnecessary, but overall, it’s a good film. Do watch.