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Times of India
Across the country, it’s a common sight to see development work being sped up and cities bearing a clean look up ahead of elections. Similar is the case with villages and Appa stays in one such.
While this is an ‘Adarsh Gaon’, the moment elections are through, none of the villagers care about what happens to it. Appa tries his best to get the people to contribute towards maintaining the reputation of the village but to no avail. One night, while walking around, he happens to overhear a conversation and an idea strikes him. Soon after, Ankush (Khapre) finds Appa unconscious and takes him to the hospital. At the hospital, Appa briefly regains consciousness and speaks about a woman from the village having an extra-marital affair with someone, but slips back into unconsciousness before telling her name. The quest to know the woman’s name sends the villagers into frenzy. They try their best to find out but constantly fail. Does Appa reveal the name? And does he get the villagers to work?
The film is a joy ride primarily because of its actors. It doesn’t have a very engaging story but the situational comedy and punches from the bunch of experienced performers helps it strike a chord with viewers. Prabhavalkar is spot on as the eccentric oldie and the supporting cast, including Bhau Kadam, Sanjay Khapre and Kamlesh Sawant, do their best.
'Zhala Bobhata' is not your cup of tea if you are looking for something meaningful. Although it does pack a social message towards the end, this is primarily a film made to evoke guffaws. Watch it if all you want to do is sit back and laugh.