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Times of India
Till last year, remakes of south films were almost unheard of in the Marathi film industry but the trend which was predominantly Bollywood's so far, has caught up with Marahti filmmakers too. Vrundavan, the remake of the Tamil Brindavanam, is the latest to join the bandwagon.
The first full-fledged role for Bapat comes in the form of an action-drama formula that's been done to death. The story is simple and predictable. The dashing Krish (short for Shrikrishna) itches to help anyone and everyone he can and when his girlfriend Pooja asks him to her friend Bhoomi by posing as her boyfriend, Krish has to agree, doesn't he? So Krish heads out to Bhoomi's hometown and soon enough, he comes to know fo the rift between her father's family and that of his step brother's. The Mr Fixit inside Krish takes a re-birth and he's out there to patch things up between the brothers and protect Bhoomi. Turns out, Pooja hasn't told Krish the entire truth about her relation with Bhoomi and before you know, the entire cast (and that's at least 20 people excluding the extras) of the film lands up at Bhoomi's father Bhanupratap's (Manjrekar) doorstep.
In an absolutely mediocre film with an almost inexistent grip-factor, all that one can look forward to, is the end-credits. Sadly, those too take eons to roll. Vrundavan has typical south action with Bapat flexing his biceps and chest muscles more than his facial muscles. Established actors including Manjrekar, Saraf, Sharad Ponkshe, Mohan Joshi and Uday Tikekar are wasted. Pooja and Vaidehi add the glam quotient but that's about it for their roles. Bharat Ganeshpure's sequences ensure guffaws and the actor outshines every other character in all of his scenes.
Mass entertainment? Yes. Gravity-defying stunts? Yes. Loud acting? Yes. Story? If you can call it that. Logic? Down the drain. So how does the film qualify as a launch vehicle for Bapat whose claim to fame is Hindi TV? Frankly, it doesn't. If you really want to watch stuff like this, Hindi movie channels play innumerable south films with similar 'story and action' on repeat-mode on a daily basis. It doesn't really make sense to shell out money to watch the same stuff on the big screen unless, Raqesh's dimpled-smile and perfect physique makes you drool.