26 Sep, 2014 2 hrs 05 mins U
Nandu Madhav, Veena Jamkar, Urmila Kanetkar, Rohit Utekar, Ganga Gogavale, Shailesh Kadam, Umesh Jagtap, Ketaki Saraf, Nandu Gadgil, Jaywant Wadkar, Shaila Kanekar, Pundalik Dhumal, Suhas Shirsat, Janardan Parab, Ratnakar Deshpande
Without relying on any tried and tested formula, the film makes you think from the perspective of the characters in the film.

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  • Times of India
A story about the developing emotional bond between a postman and a kid from the village.

Review: At a time when social networking apps and email have taken over as the new modes of communication, debutant director Laxman Utekar's 'Tapaal' recreates the magic of the letter-writing system on celluloid.

It is a heartwarming depiction of the power that a single letter wields and how it can change the lives of the person delivering it and the one reading it. Through the story of the romantic kid Ranga (Rohit) and the kind postman Devram (Nandu) 'Tapaal' takes you on a journey that unfolds with Ranga's childish desires. While delivering letters to the village folk, Devram meets Ranga. In Ranga, the childless couples Devram and his wife (Veena) see their son and they shower all the love they can on him.

When Ranga writes a letter to his childhood sweetheart, little does he know what fate awaits him if the letter lands in the wrong hands. Fortunately, he witnesses the consequence when his senior gets caught while peeking into the village sarpanch's daughter's room. Scared as hell, Ranga makes it a point to get his letter back before it is delivered. Thus begins his relation with Devram.

Tapaal is one of the best examples of how a film with a simple yet mesmerizing story can claw its way into the audience's minds. Without relying on any tried and tested formula, the film makes you think from the perspective of the characters in the film. Mangesh Hadawale's story and Laxman's direction make up a very appreciable piece of cinema.

The star of the film is child actor Rohit. It is heartily surprising how this youngster has managed to emote all the right expression in his debut film. He makes you laugh, cry and wonder what life would be like, from his point of view. Nandu and Veena are equally brilliant. Nandu is an actor par excellence but this act is probably one of his best ones till date. We wish Veena had more screen time but nevertheless she makes the most of her role.

Many of us still get nostalgic about handwritten letters but some of us might not have had the opportunity to write or read a postcard or inland letter. For the previous category, this is a chance to re-live the memories and for the latter, this is one tapaal that you surely don't want to miss.
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