Three youngsters unknowingly get involved with a local goon who threatens to kill them if they fail to return his money. Their condition forces them to hatch a plan that has more chances of going wrong that ending their troubles.
Out and out entertainers in the Marathi industry can be counted on your fingertips. Moreover, there was a dearth of them in 2017, which in itself was not a particularly great year for the industry. But 2018 begins with a bang and Ye Re Ye Re Paisa (YRYRP) fills in the void created last year.
The Sanjay Jadhav directorial is star-studded and largely delivers on its promise of being a complete entertainer. This is welcoming not only because it gives a good start to the year, but also because some of Jadhav's previous films didn't really strike gold at the BO. The Duniyadari director treads the Rohit Shetty zone (complete with a car blast) in this film and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.
Aditya (Umesh Kamat) and Babli (Tejaswini Pandit) harbour dreams of making it big in the film industry while Sunny (Siddharth Jadhav), a ticket-seller at a cinema hall, is madly in love with Babli and can go to any extent to make her happy. Enter Anna (Sanjay Narvekar), a "recovery agent" who happens to receive a payment of Rs 20 crore but ends up losing all the money to these three. And so begins the struggle of Sunny, Babli and Aditya to repay Anna's money.
YRYRP mainly works because of good direction and performances. Siddharth and Sanjay own the scenes they are in. Both actors are in a comfortable space having done these kinds of roles before and they nail their parts here as well. A special shout out to Umesh and Tejaswini though considering it's their first outing in this genre. While it's a resurrection of sorts for Umesh, Tejaswini too has her share of the limelight instead of being relegated to the arm candy. Mrinal Kulkarni adds authenticity to her role but the surprise package is actor Bijay Anand who plays the negative role convincingly.
Of course, the film has its share of drawbacks. The lack of logic and the buffoonery, something that's a usual part of such films, gets to you at times.
That said, on the first Friday of 2018, if all you are looking for is an entertaining film, YRYRP is definitely a good bet.