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Times of India
The list of must-watch Marathi films of recent times just registered an addition in the form of 'Ventilator'. This Priyanka Chopra production is a beautiful journey of relationships, emotions, misunderstandings and priorities that are a part of many families.
In large and interconnected families, often there are times when people end up disagreeing or objecting to the most trivial things. But at the end of the day, there is an invisible bond that binds them together. 'Ventilator' explores that bond to the fullest. The nagging wife, the pessimist uncle, the aloof youngster, the over-concerned elders and the star-struck neighbours; these are people you come across regularly in life. So, it becomes very easy to relate to the film’s characters and situations.
'Ventilator' brings together perhaps the largest ensemble in Marathi films. It is a fantastic mix of veterans, who are spot on in their job, and promising talents from the current crop of actors as well. But the film rests on the able shoulders of Ashutosh Gowariker, who makes an acting comeback after 18 years, and Jitendra Joshi.
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Ashutosh is at ease in front of the camera and not once do you feel that his acting roots have gathered dust. But it is Jitendra who delivers a strong performance. With each new film, Jitendra keeps proving his acting acumen but after Ventilator, there won’t be a need to prove anything anymore. This film should act as a shout-out to all those filmmakers who want an actor who can slip under the skin of any character he portrays. Veteran Satish Alekar deserves a special mention for his balanced performance. And of course, Priyanka makes a memorable special appearance in the film. So does Boman Irani.
Priyanka sings a Marathi song:
Despite such a huge cast, the film never goes off track; not even slightly. Each actor hits the bull’s eye in whatever amount of time they feature on screen. That’s the strength of 'Ventilator'.
Given any other canvas, including Bollywood, Rajesh Mapuskar would’ve created an equally brilliant masterpiece with the same colour and patterns. Because languages and people might change but the underlying emotions are universal. And that, is the beauty of 'Ventilator’s story.
WATCH: Trailer of Ventilator:
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