Yellow (Marathi movie)- movie review

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page3nskPage3Nashik reviews the Marathi movie ‘ Yellow’ released recently. For Marathi cinema, 2014 was off to a great start. And among the handful films that one was really looking forward to was Yellow. Produced by Riteish Deshmukh & Uttung Thakur and directed by Mahesh Limaye, Yellow is based on a true story. The girl whose life the film is based on – Gauri Gadgil, also plays herself in the film. It tells the story of a girl, who has Down syndrome, and how she overcomes her problem. It features Upendra Limaye, Aishwaraya Narkar, Usha Nadkarni and Mrunal Kulkarni in important roles.

There are films that put forth a strong social or humanitarian point through harsh reality and then there is ‘Yellow. Mahesh Limaye’s debut directorial venture is nothing short of an intricately woven story, more specifically, Gauri’s story of success and belief. Yes, it is a story of determination and will power but it is also the story of a beautiful mother-daughter relation and a coach’s staunch support for his student. But most importantly, it is a story of transformation- the transformation of Gauri to Yellow.

page3Gauri is a special child. Her mother (Mrinal Kulkarni) worries about what will happen to her child after her, will she be able to lead a normal life. Will Gauri find her place in the world? And find she does. From struggling to say her name to finding her passion and excelling in it – Yellow is Gauri’s journey. And she takes you along. You feel worried for her, you cheer for her and you get ecstatic in her victories. You don’t watch Yellow as a mere spectator, you watch it as if you were Gauri’s friend.

Mahesh Limaye’s solid cinematography background makes sure that the film looks beautiful. To choose a story like Yellow for one’s directorial debut takes conviction and confidence, and kudos to Mahesh for making this film without the trappings of excessive melodrama or sympathy-searching.

Though Yellow starts out a bit slow, it picks up pace towards the beginning and becomes absolutely enthralling in the second half. But even the slow pace in the beginning is balanced out with wonderful performances by Hrishikesh Joshi, Mrunal Kulkarni and Gauri Gadgil. Upendra Limaye’s performance is absolutely delightful, especially in the scene where he gets out of his own comfort zone to teach Gauri the butterfly stroke. It is important that you go watch this film if you want to see more different, rich stories like this. If you watch them in the theater, it becomes commercially viable for these stories to be produced.p3

Gauri’s life is full of beautiful relationships. Her Mama (Hrishikesh Joshi) and his positivity, or her coach (Upendra Limaye) and his initial awkwardness and then complete surrender to his most challenging pupil. But the one relationship that is supposed to hold the film together – the one Gauri & her Mom share – doesn’t really work for me. Probably because the diary that Gauri’s mom writes in her daughter’s voice is narrated by a neither the Mom nor Gauri and perhaps it’s this diary that brings out that relationship.

Salman Khan is completely impressed and inspired by the movie and he said at the screening of Yellow’ that he will have film’s directorMahesh Limaye on board for the Hindi remake and will also have Gauri Gadgil – on whom “Yellow’  is based – in the film

page3That said, one must acknowledge Riteish Deshmukh & Uttung Thakur for being gutsy producers who have broken out of the standard comedy-love-action formula to present films that entertain and give us something to think about. First Balak Palak and now Yellow. Yellow isn’t just a story about overcoming your personal challenges, but it is also a lesson for each one of us to be grateful and feel blessed for the many things we take for granted. Yellow is the story of Gauri Gadgil, a girl with special needs whose love for water at an young age turns her handicap into her greatest strength.  The music by Inamdar perfectly complements the theme and flow of the movie. In the nutshell, Yellow is a beautiful movie which I would say is a must watch for its noble and innocent content.

“A must watch, Yellow makes a special place in your heart with its simple story about a girl’s determination to not let any shortcomings come in the way of achieving her dreams. Go buy that ticket today!”

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