Director: Aditya Sarpotdar
Starring: Riteish Deshmukh, Jitendra Joshi & Saiyami Kher
Story: Milap Zaveri
Screenplay: Kshitij Patwardhan
MAULI is a follow up film to the 2014 film Lai Bhaari which also starred Riteish Deshmukh in the lead. Inspector Mauli Sarjerao Deshmukh (Riteish Deshmukh) is posted in a town that is a working ground for a gangster Nana Londhe (Jitendra Joshi). Nana is a land grabber, has monopoly on water tankers as well, and basically terrorizes the villagers. With the authorities under Nana’s thumb, the villagers are scared of him and are reduced to merely spectating this criminal charade. Initially, even Mauli is forced into playing into Nana’s hands but then a secret is discovered that promises to change this dynamic. The rest of the film is all about how Mauli lays down traps to nab Nana.
Mauli, Riteish’s second Marathi outing as an actor, created a lot of buzz and was one of the most looked forward to films of the year. The film is a masala entertainer and in that aspect, doesn’t disappoint.
Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Amalendu Chaudhary is quite nice. The editing of the film is decent as well. The story and the screenplay are god but they reveal the surprise element a little too soon. Music by Ajay-Atul is good as expected and the religious track Majhi Pandharichi Maay sounds lovely.
Performances from the cast have been good overall. Riteish in his second Marathi film shines and sort of carries the film on his back. He keeps the viewers engaged. Jitendra Joshi delivers another fine performance and looks menacing. Saiyami is quite sincere and delivers a good performance. The rest of the cast offer abled support.
Director Aditya Sarpotdar manages to deliver a fine film which has all the elements to be a great entertainer for the audience. The aim was to give a mass entertainer and he’s done that with ease.