Movie Review: Madholal Keep Walking(2010)August 27th, 2010 - 10:05 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire
Madholal Keep Walking: Could have been better
Rating: 2 out of 5*
Starring: Subrat Dutta, Neela Gokhale, Swati Bhaskar and Pranay Narayan
Director: Jai Tank
August 27, 2010 (Sampurn Wire): Often good intentions don’t really turn out to be good films. Madholal Keep Walking is one such fine example. While it has a poignant tale, a lackluster screenplay fails to hold your attention for its just about two hours running time.
The film narrates the tale of a lower middle class man, Madholal (Subrat Dutta). He is a Mumbai chawl resident and works as a security person in an office. His two daughters are of a marriageable age. He has plans to take a loan to marry them off. Despite facing many day to day difficulties he faces life with a smile. But tragedy strikes when in the Mumbai train blasts, he loses his arm. He loses all his hope but only to regain it in true Mumbai spirit.
Debutante director Jai Tank is technically sound but fails in the narrative department . But much blame for the same should be gone to the screenplay written by Jai himself along with Sachin Darekar. The metaphor of the Mumbai local train used in the film is a master stroke and we wish there were many such more things in the plot. The film lacks a proper built up and much time is wasted earlier in meaningless dialogues and often cheap jokes trying to capture a common man’s lingo. A much more impressive sub plotting was done in Mumbai Meri Jaan which also tackled a similar theme. The background music which could have been impactful for a story like this one, is a torture to your ear drums as its too loud at places.
However, the film score very high in the acting, as all the actors have pitched in a very natural act. Lead actor, Subrat Dutta, seen mostly in character roles has literally lived his part. He is extremely convincing as a Mumbai common man Madholal.
Madholal Keep Walking could have been better but alas! Well do watch it on a lazy Sunday noon or on DVD if you have time to kill at least for Subrat’s superb performance.
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