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25 Sep, 2015 2 hrs 22 mins U
Vijay Maurya, Naman Jain, Shashank Shende, Rishi Deshpande, Usha Nadkarni
Vijay Maurya, Naman Jain, Shashank Shende, Rishi Deshpande, Usha Nadkarni
Punarvasu Naik
Synopsis
The film excels with a lot of help from the actors who are convincing in small yet effective roles but it falters while merging the narratives, leaving the viewer with a sense of incompleteness.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
A Ganpati soft-toy is carried across Mumbai after it is misplaced by a person intending to use it as a bomb.

Review: There's a thin line between belief and superstition and more often than not, we tend to bend towards the latter. Punarvasu Naik's 'Vakratunda Mahaakaya' treads on this thin line through a story of a boy's attachment to a soft-toy and the resulting chain of events.

The film's release during Ganeshotsav is well-timed considering its plot involving Lord Ganesh. 'Vakratunda Mahakaaya' starts with a bomber (Maurya) placing a Ganpati soft-toy containing a bomb, at a temple with the aim of blowing up the place up. This attempt is foiled when the street urchin Altaf (Naman Jain) runs away with the Ganpati mistaking it for just another soft toy. Despite his best efforts, the bomber fails to get the bomb back. Altaf develops an attachment to the toy but that's short-lived as the police take him and his friend Paplu, a thief, away. From here starts the journey of the toy as it is carried by unsuspecting people through the city.

'Vakratunda Mahakaaya' is a technically sound film. It has good editing, camera-work and sound design. Even the story of the film is very different from the regular fare dished out to viewers. The parallel narratives involving the bomber's plight and Ganpati's journey bring out the various shades associated with faith in God. But the film is more than that. As it progresses, we are introduced to different characters; some devout, some atheists and some who try propagating the true idea of Ganpati's existence. In doing so, the film excels with a lot of help from the actors who are convincing in small yet effective roles but it falters while merging the narratives, leaving the viewer with a sense of incompleteness. The climax adds to this feeling, leaving the viewers with mixed feelings while exiting the cinema hall.

With a short running time and short-film like treatment, 'Vakratunda Mahakaaya' might strike a chord only with a certain section of the audience that believes in applying brains and logic while watching a film.

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