‘Mantr’, Experience of a journey towardsself-realisation

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Apr 2018 11:57:52


By Rajendra Diwe,

“God is a wonderful imagination of a human being. He created God to stabilise the unstable mind. Man also created Dharma, the duties, or responsibilities or code of conduct to live harmoniously with the nature. Unfortunately, a person went away from his code of conduct and started exploiting everything in the universe. He also confused others in the name of Dharma. He created social, emotional, psychological, physical, intellectual and cultural turbulence with the help of Dharma and developed a complete unrest. It is therefore needed for new generation to study the basics of Dharma and help society to come out of the unrest.”

‘Mantr,’ a Marahi film produced by Sanjay Katkar for Dreambook Productions in association with Vedarth Creations and released on Friday has given the above spiritual message to the youths in country. This film makes each person to think about the Dharma. This film could be compared with O My God or PK. ‘Mantr’ goes beyond these Hindi films. Both OMG and PK make person to understand commercialisation of religion and exploitation of common people in the name of religion. But through the film Mantr, director Harshwardhan (Devendra Shinde) has tried to explain the requirement of religion for establishing peace, harmony and brotherhood in society.

The film has effectively defined the conflict between a theist and an atheist. Niranjan (Saurabh Gogate), a son of traditional, orthodox Vedic Scholar Shridhar Pant (Manoj Joshi) on his friend’s advice wants to go to Germany to work as ‘Purohit’. He joins a coaching class of German language and meets Antara, (Deepti Devi) who hates purohits, religious leaders and Gurus. An atheist Antra when triggers the emotions of a theist Niranjan; the conflict between brain, heart and mind starts. Here, Shridhar Pant in a very simple and effective manner explains the role of ‘Adhyatma’ in human life.

“Temples are the places which help a person to identify his role for the society, nature and for the universe. These are the sacred places which are needed to transform an individual in to a human being. These are the places where a person could understand the value of humanity. Temples are the places which make a person to dive deep into the turbulent ocean of mind and give solution to calm down the waves of unrest,” Shridhar Pant explains the simple Adhyatma behind each religion to Niranjan.

Shridhar Pant’s talk about the religion and God reminds the famous song from film ‘Kajal’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar ‘Tora Man Darpan Kehlaye’. Shridhar Pant explains, “When you want to find God, find Him in your mind. Mind is celestial, mind is God, and none there is higher than the mind. Each person knows his mind well. Flowers of pleasure, Thorns of sorrow, Mind is the basis of all! Nothing at all Can hide from the mind, The mind has a thousand eyes! Maybe someone Can run away from the world, But none Can run away from? the mind!”

Mantr takes a person on a wonderful journey from ‘Self-realisation to God realisation’ which is the soul of ancient Vedic literature. Pushkaraj Churputkar (Kashinath), Siddheshwar Zadbuke (Ambavane), Shubhankar Ekbote (Sunny), Sujay Jadhav (David), Vrushali Katkar (Niranjan’s Aai), Dhiresh Joshi (Rangnath kaka), Sunil Abhyankar (Nadkarni), Anuradha Marathe (Niranjan’s Aaji), Shubhangi Damle (Antara’s Aaji), Amruta Joshi (Antara’s Sister) and Vishwajeet Joshi (MR. Raste) effectively supported the main artists and justified their roles.