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Times of India
This biopic tracks the early life of political leader Yashwantrao Chavan and his journey to prominence on the Indian political scenario.
The life of Yashwantrao Chavan was much discussed during his tenure as Maharashtra's chief minister and later in the central government, and this film is a representation of the same.
As a young lad, Yashwantrao Chavan is keen to get educated despite his family's poor economic situation. In his growing up years, Yashwantrao (played by Om Bhutkar) gets influenced by the freedom struggle and decides to dedicate his life towards the achievement of freedom for India. He leads uprisings in his native place Karad and later in Satara and also goes to jail for it. Post independence, Chavan (now played by Ashok Lokhande) becomes the chief minister of Maharashtra and then there is no looking back.
The film shows how the leader, who was influenced by various political ideologies, finally made Mahatma Gandhi and Jawarhalal Nehru his idols and follows their principles throughout his life. With the help of old video footage and photographs, the film brings to life the country's political journey before and after independence through Yashwantrao's vision.
Jabbar Patel is an ace filmmaker and he proves that again with this film. The sheer accuracy and authenticity of all the actors' (most of whom are theatre artistes) performances are commendable. Om Bhutkar's enunciation and expressions are flawless and so are Lubna Salim's. Ashok Lokhande delivers a performance of his lifetime and so does every other actor who is a part of the cast.
A tighter script would have been an added advantage but that apart, the film is very well researched and a must watch for those who want to get a sneak peak into India's political history.