Rating : ★★★
A Dot Com Mom is one of the first of its kind in Marathi. It is the first Marathi film to be shot in the US. Dr. Meera Nerurkar’s ambitious venture has tried to incorporate the scenes of something more than an ordinary Marathi household. There is clash of culture. There is disagreement of values and ideas. More importantly, it has thrown spotlight on the relationship between a mother and a son and what happens when the two are separated by cultural differences.
The Story: Meera Nerurkar plays Sulbha Chafekar who left no stone unturned to bring up her son well and get him the best education. The result: her son, Sunny has excelled in his profession and is now an MD in US. Sunny is now a millionaire and has married a girl of his choice from there itself. Sulbha goes to US to be with her son and daughter in law and finds everything amiss from her perspective. What else would happen when an ordinary Marathi bai goes to US? There are many culture and language jokes, confusions and appalling situations that we usually see in the Hindi films of the nineties when a dehati would come to the city for the first time. Apart from this, there is plenty of clichéd characters like the father of the daughter in law. What is refreshing is that all the actors are actually new and unknown for the Marathi audience which seems like an intentional decision to bring freshness to the film. The experiment is indeed successful as the actors look very believable as we have never seen most of them before.
Where the film falters? A Dot Com Mom is faulty at a few places as it brings in many clichéd images and scenes. It fails to click with the young audience who will find that the scenes lack freshness. Though it is set in the US, you will not see many wondrous sights as evidently the shortage of the budget has limited the scenes to small locales. Plus, since our own cities are so developed now, we fail to see US from the point of view of the old Marathi woman who sees US with wonder. There is hardly any excitement in these scenes.
Where it scores: A Dot Com Mom carries its message with an impact. The importance of relationships and family values all are portrayed well and it does go down well with the audience. That is one thing that does not disappoint about A Dot Com Mom. Apart from this, the performances are fine and powerful. Meera Nerurkar is undoubtedly the USP of the film. Her work is more than average both in acting and direction. She portrays her character as real and impactful and does not falter even in a single scene.
Music: Music is rather average. No song will actually stick to you but the music keeps the rhythm of the film going.
Why should you watch this movie? : Watch A Dot Com Mom for Meena Nerurkar’s and other actors’ real to life performances.
Pipsi and Pushpak Viman first weekend box office collection
Like the B Town, it was the busy Friday as well for the M Town for having two movies releasing this passed Friday. The Marathi Cinema had two movies releasing this Friday and thus attracted the audience to some extent. The films releasing this Friday in M Town included Pipsi and Pushpak Viman, let’s talk about the two one by one starting with the former one first. Pipsi is directed by Rohan Deshpande, while it has an interesting star cast having child artists in it. Well, let’s see the way the film has performed over the box office. It was a lazy Friday for the film on the first day with occupancy reports not reaching more than 25 to 30 percent.
The collection Day 1 for the film (Pepsi) was not more than 65 lakhs, while similar was the collection on Saturday while the Sunday the collection reached to around 1.10 crore, which was again a decent figure for the M Town film. As per reports, the first weekend box office collection reached to 2.40 crore. While the weekdays would have again have similar collection on an average of 50 lakhs in the state. Let’s see how things would move the two. Now, looking at the other film released in M Town called Pushpak Viman. The film had similar story to narrate when it comes to the ratings and the box office performance.
As per reports, the 1st day (Friday) collection was around 60 lakhs, while on Saturday the collection did see some amount of escalation reaching to 75 lakhs, while on Sunday, the collection reached to around 1.05 crore. So, the 1st weekend box office collection for Pushpak Viman reached to around 2.4 core, while the collection would remain the same in the coming days as well. Let’s see how things would move on the M Town, but there is no hope that the films would embark upon with big numbers over the box office for obvious reasons as the audience have several options to consider. Stay tuned to know more about this film and others only with us.
Source : JustMarathi.com
Madhuri Dixit and Karan Johar collaborate for Bucket List
Karan Johar along with AA Films have come on board as presenters for the actress’s debut Marathi film, it also marks the famed production house’s grand entry in the Marathi Film Industry
After presenting the Hindi version of SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster Baahubali films, Karan Johar and AA Films have now collaborated to present the supremely talented Madhuri Dixit’s debut Marathi film, Bucket List that is slated to release on 25th May, 2018. The collaboration marks Dharma Productions’ grand entry in the Marathi Film Industry.
Directed by Tejas Prabha Vijay Deoskar and produced by Jamashp Bapuna and Amit Parikh of Dark Horse Cinemas Pvt. Ltd., Arun Rangachari and Vivek Rangachari of DAR Motion Pictures., and Aarti Subhedar and Ashok Subhedar of Blue Mustang Creations Pvt. Ltd., Bucket List is a story of every woman who has unfulfilled dreams in life and will get inspired after watching this heart-warming film. It is a slice of life story taking you through journey of self discovery.
Excited about this interesting collaboration, Karan Johar says, “I’ve been a staunch believer in regional cinema and since Baahubali, I am confident that good cinema with a great platform breaks the barrier of language. Moreover, the opportunity to launch the superstar actor Madhuri Dixit in her mother language is going to be my absolute pleasure. Together with the team of Bucket List and AA films, we hope that this heart-warming film gets all the love it deserves.”
Madhuri, who will soon start shooting for Karan’s next production directed by Abhishek Varman, is elated about the filmmaker backing her debut Marathi film. “I was longing to work in a Marathi Film and with Bucket List my wish is getting fulfilled. Marathi Films are content driven and is arousing interest world over. There couldn’t be a better birthday month gift for me than Karan presenting my debut Marathi film this summer. Like my millions of fans, I am truly excited and am looking forward to share my experience with everyone,” beams Madhuri. Interestingly, the actress had also appeared in a special song “Ghagra” in Karan’s Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), directed by Ayan Mukerji.
“Bucket List” also marks Madhuri’s reunion with her “Hum Aapke Hain Koun”..Co-star Renuka Shahane and also features popular actors Sumeet Raghavan, Shubha Khote, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Vandana Gupte, Ila Bhate, Pradeep Velankar and Milind Pathak in pivotal roles.
Thank U Vitthala 1st Weekend Box Office Collection
The M Town is no short of movies though it doesn’t release like B Town yet one can see a tangible amount of films released at the end of the year. This Friday, we had the film Thank U Vitthala, which even carried a B Town actor as well, Mahesh Manjrekar who was seen playing the lead role. The film though had a fresh content and unique story yet it failed to garner the required amount of buzz in the media. The film had a mixed review with most of the critics not happy with the technical aspects of the film making. Though it carried a decent star cast but they failed to translate the story in a right manner.
In other words, the film was seen becoming the victim of poor implementation, which turned a big hurdle in getting a good word of mouth buzz in the media. We know that films in M Town can only work with the word of mouth buzz as it fails to have the star power and other features, which the Bollywood films have. Now talking about the way this M Town film has performed, it all started with a meager start. The first day box office collection for Thank U Vitthala netted to around 1.0 crore, which escalated a little on the second day with the collection reaching to 1.25 and finally on the third day it went on to score 1.75 crore on Sunday.
As per reports, the 1st weekend box office collection for Thank U Vitthala reached to around 4 crore. As per the experts, the week days will move dull at the box office and it will continue to get you a meager collection at the box office on the first week collection. The current collection for the film still can be called as a decent one as we know it is really hard for any regional movie particularly the Marathi films to get a good collection over the box office. It was just because of the involvement of the big names from Bollywood, which has made some difference in the fate of the movie.
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