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Times of India
Talav literally translates to a lake. And trust us, the half-filled lake is the only thing worth watching in the film. But we get to see less of this beautiful geographical feature and more of actors who are fit to give the worst of non-actors a run for their money with their expressionless performances.
Let’s check out the story first: So, Siddhu (Gokhale) wants to become a Collector and is working hard towards it. Kadambari (Rawat) is a writer (or so we are told) whose only work throughout the film is to blush, roam around the village and cuddle with Siddhu. Our hero also happens to be a man with a golden heart and runs to help anyone who is in need. This quality of his has already rubbed Dhananjay (Khapre), the village’s equivalent of yesteryear baddie Ranjeet, and the latter vows revenge. Kadambari’s association with Siddhu just gives Dhananjay an added motive for payback. Now, wouldn’t it be a surprise to see the villain having his way and winning at the revenge-game for once? Only, as expected, he doesn’t.
What’s new in the film, you might ask and we have an answer – nothing! Someone, somewhere out there is definitely circulating a template of romantic-dramas. How else can this endless list of absolutely similar plots in Marathi films be explained?
How are the performances in it, you might ask. Well, Gokhale and Khapre want to perform but can’t, because of the hilariously flawed storyline. As for the rest, go back to the beginning of this review.
Unless you consider Dhananjay a crocodile, it’s safe to assume there aren’t any more of those reptiles in this ‘talav’. Even then, jumping into it for a quick weekend swim might prove hazardous to your health.