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Sunny Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : / 5

Sunny Movie Review : Makes you feel good and leaves a sweet aftertaste

Last year, Hemant Dhome and his team united an ensemble of women to celebrate life in Jhimma. The theme of celebration continues with Dhome’s latest film, Sunny. That, and the fact that it’s been shot in the United Kingdom are however the only similarities between both films. While the former was a celebration of freedom and life, Sunny is a celebration of bonds while doubling up as a coming-of-age story.

The story, set in the fictional Maharashtrian town of Pargaon and in the county of Surrey, is inspired by Dhome’s time in the UK. His story has been translated onto the screen by Irawati Karnik (screenplay and dialogues) and the result is engaging. Broadly speaking, the film is about Indraneel aka Sunny (Lalit Prabhakar), an entitled brat from a political family who dedicates all his time to chilling with friends, partying and putting his elder brother Vishwajeet (Chinmay Mandlekar) in embarrassing situations. One day, Vishwajeet has had enough, and he decides to pack Sunny off to the UK for an educational course with the hope that he’ll learn to deal with life on his own. But Sunny sees this as some clever ploy by his brother to distance him from the family. Do things change? Does Sunny realise the point of this decision? That’s for you to find out.

The first thing that strikes you about Sunny is its texture. It immediately transports you to a feel-good land where subtle colours command the screen. Of course, the British landscape adds to this feeling further. It also prompts the question whether this is just another feel-good film. The answer is yes and no. Yes, because there’s no melodrama or over-the-top portrayal to prove a point. And no because the film is more than just that. It’s a story of realisation, friendship, companionship and at times, though not always, about family. The film also portrays a couple of progressive topics, rarely touched in Marathi cinema, in a sensible way.

Dhome transitions between the flashback and present effectively to present this story of a brat’s journey towards mental maturity. There’s no mystery or suspense in this story – it’s essentially a story of someone you may have seen around you. For those of you who’ve stayed away from home, for studies or work, Sunny will hit an emotional chord and may transport you to the time you spent wading through uncharted waters with the help of friends and strangers who became your second family.

Sunny belongs to its leading man Lalit Prabhakar, who slips into the character so well that character’s screen presence dominates that of the star. Another beautiful portrayal comes from Kshitee Jog as Vaidehi, who plays the part of a strong, determined woman with her shares of internal turmoil, brilliantly. Among the supporting cast, Chinmay Mandlekar commands the scenes that he is in and makes you want a Sunny-Vishwajeet spinoff next. Abhishek Deshmukh’s character is well-written, and the actor makes the most of it.

Sunny does have two drawbacks – predictability and a long running time – one resultant in the other, probably. While the predictability is something you expect with this genre, the second half gets a tad tedious because of it.

The film makes you realise how we take the things we have in abundance for granted, including love and care. It’s a film about the protagonist explored through the stories of those around him. For that and more, Sunny deserves a watch. Rest assured, you’ll walk out of the cinemas with a sweet aftertaste.

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