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Timepass 3 Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 2.5 / 5

Timepass 3 Movie Review : A decent watch if ‘timepass’ at the cinema is what you’re looking at

Eight years ago, director Ravi Jadhav introduced the Marathi viewers to the teenage love story of Dagdu and Prajakta. A genuine attempt, this film generated a lot of buzz, especially for its dialogues. Jadhav followed the film up with a sequel in 2015, Timepass 2, which was set 15 years after the first part. In the third installment of the franchise, the story returns with a younger Dagdu, who has finally cleared his class XII exam with no less than 36% marks and is all set to step into the world of college. His friends, Kombda, Malaria and Balbharti are there to support Dagdu who has now decided to leave behind his days as a local goon and start afresh.

Dagdu’s determination of turning into a decent, cultured guy is constantly tested by the people around who feel he will never change. But he has a new reason to keep going. No, Prajakta doesn’t return. But Palavi enters Dagdu’s life. A happy-go-lucky and carefree girl, Palavi is the daughter of a gangster named Dinkar Patil aka DP, and she has all the traits of her father, except the cheating and terrorising personality of his. Palavi has a heart of gold, and she gifts it to Dagdu on a platter. But like all good things must come to an end, Dagdu’s pretend-behaviour does too. Does that hamper Dagdu-Palavi’s relation though?

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The premise of the Timepass franchise is simple and most of it is based on punchlines and rhyming dialogues. This outing is no different and yet, writer Priyadarshan Jadhav and director Ravi Jadhav manage to keep the ride entertaining. The film doesn’t ride high on logic; all it aims to do is entertain. So, if you go expecting some food for thought, you will be disappointed.

Besides playing to the gallery with the lines and scenes, Timepass 3 also has a bunch of talented actors helping the film stay in its element. Prathamesh Parab is seasoned in the role of Dagdu and one cannot imagine anyone better to play the character. But Hruta Durgule is a surprise package as Palavi, the ruffian with a heart of gold. This character is hugely different from whatever roles she has essayed till date. She falters a bit, but largely succeeds in leaving an impression with her performance. Sanjay Narvekar as Dinkar Patil and Vaibhav Mangle as Madhav Lele are impactful in their small roles, as are Manmeet Pem and Onkar Raut as Dagdu’s friends.

Timepass 3 has all the usual tropes that have been at play in the previous two films of this franchise. The makers have milked these aspects in totality and coming up with newer ones in the next part, yes there will be one, is imperative for them now. Because while Timepass 3 has almost sailed through on the basis of these repetitive elements, bringing them back in part four will be overdoing things.

All said and done, if a light-hearted cinema outing is what you are looking at, this is a decent bet.

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