Critic’s Rating : / 5
Shivpratap Garudjhep Movie Review : Shivpratap Garudjhep is a decent weekend watch.
Review: In the recent past, a number of Marathi films have been made based on the life and times of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Every filmmaker making these films has brought their perspective to the table when it comes to telling the story of Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha kingdom. With Shivpratap Garudjhep, director Kartik Kendhe and writers Dr Amol Kolhe and Yuvraj Patil have added to this streak of historicals in Marathi cinema.
Neither Kolhe nor Kendhe is new to the space of historicals. While Kendhe has directed some historical serials, Kolhe is popular for his portrayals of Shivaji Maharaj on the small screen and stage. So, both of them are in familiar territory here. The fact that Kolhe is also one of the screenwriters of the film helps him portray the character even better.
The film is based on Shivaji Maharaj’s escape from Agra and it’s a well known episode in Maratha history. Despite that, the team of ‘Shivpratap Garudjhep’ manages to add some novelty to the portrayal with some well-written scenes and dialogues. Although this story unfolds on the big screen, there are certain elements of the small screen execution that trickle into it. The film has been shot well by cinematographer Sanjay Jadhav and the scenes, especially the introductory scenes of Shivaji Maharaj and Aurangzeb (Yatin Karyekar) are noteworthy. All actors have given their best, including Kolhe, Karyekar, Pratiksha Lonkar, Harish Dudhade, Shailesh Datar etc.
A big drawback of this film, as is also the case with other similar outings in the industry, is the VFX. Budget constraints are a pressing concern, yes, but for the audience that has been exposed to global content and top-notch VFX and special effects, this might be a mood-killer. But, if you are willing to overlook this aspect, ‘Shivpratap Garudjhep’ is a decent weekend watch.