Critic’s Rating : 3.5 / 5
Golkeri Movie Review : Sweet, sour, spicy, tangy: This Golkeri can be savoured by all
Review: What does it take to make some lip-smacking and delicious golkeri (Indian pickle)? One would say the right amount of spices, oil, raw mangoes and loads of love. But the most important process is letting the mangoes dry out in the sun for a few days, so that it immerses in every inch of the spices. Similarly, Golkeri, directed by Viral Shah, also engulfs the audience scene-by-scene into its delicious mix of ups and downs of handling relationships in this time and age.
The movie is an official remake of the 2017 hit Marathi movie, Muramba (starring Amey Wagh and Mithila Palkar as leads). While the base storyline remains the same, the treatment given to it is different keeping the regional viewers in mind. The movie also marks the D-Town debut of veteran actors like Vandana Pathak and Sachin Khedekar. Manasi Parekh Gohil, who has also produced the movie, makes her Dhollywood debut with this film. Khedekar reprises his role in the Gujarati version as well. The movie also marks Malhar and Viral’s second collaboration.
The film begins with Sahil (Malhar Thakar) informing his parents (played by Sachin and Vandana) about his break up with his longtime girlfriend and fiancé Harshita (Manasi Parekh Gohil). Instead of having a showdown, the ‘cool’ parents try to convince Sahil to get over his differences with Harshita. While Sahil thinks that they are incompatible and tries hard to make his parents understand his viewpoints, the actual picture starts emerging once the viewers are given a peek into Harshita’s views about what made their relationship go kaput.
While the base of the story could have become predictable, the right choice of cast keeps the audience engrossed. Malhar, who depicts the role of a 26-year-old man who is immature, scared to get out of his comfort zone (both professionally and personally) and not ready to face the reality, is a delight to watch on screen. Manasi is a breath of fresh air, as she brings to life Harshita’s layered character with charm and poise in equal measure, essaying the role of a strong-headed, career-oriented, focused Amdavadi girl, balancing her work and home, with utmost ease.
Ditto for Sachin Khedekar and Vandana Pathak and their crackling on-screen chemistry. They bring an authenticity to their roles as parents in the 21st century, who are trying hard to cross the bridge called ‘generation gap.’ Sachin as a calm and composed father and Vandana as a caring, doting, slightly overprotective, ‘cool’ and understanding mother will resonate with everyone watching the film.
At some places, you might feel the film is a bit too stretched, but the second half really grips you. The soothing score, superb production values and engaging performances will make you want to try out this teekhi-meethi golkeri at least once and at the earliest.