Only melodrama, nothing else

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2018 11:03:32


By Rajendra Diwe,

Trishul (1978): Raj Kumar Gupta (Sanjeev Kumar) gives up his first love Shanti (Waheeda Rehman) to marry a wealthy heiress Kamini (Gita Siddharth) who is the daughter of Seth Deendayal. Shanti comes by to wish him success on his marriage with the news that she is carrying his child and moving away. She gives birth to a boy and names him Vijay. She raises him to adulthood. After she dies, Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) comes to Delhi to take revenge by destroying his father’s business and family connections.

Vijay gets success in destroying his father’s business. One could never forget the dialogue of Vijay in Trishul as “Aur aap, Mr R K Gupta, aap mere najayaz baap hai. Meri maa ko aap se chahe zillat aur beizzati ke siva kuch na mila ho, lekin main apni maa, usi Shanti ki taraf se aap ki saari daulat vapas lauta raha hoon. Aaj aap ke paas aap ki saari daulat sahi, sab kuch sahi, lekin maine aap se jyaada garib aaj tak nahin dekha.”

Laawaris (1981): Wealthy Prince Ragbeer Singh shares a secret relationship with well-known singer Ms Vidhya. When Ragbeer learns that Vidhya is pregnant with his child, he walks away from the relationship. A devastated Vidhya gives birth to a baby boy and passes away, leaving the baby to be taken care of by an alcoholic named Gangu Ganpat. The boy grows up in a poor environment and is named after a stray dog, Hira. Hira seeks employment in a bar and is paid the right amount for his services; but his hard earn money is been blown away by Gangu on liquor. Fed up of this Hira runs away and is now employed as a logger manager, here is where Hira comes across his dad (Ragbeer Singh).

There are two famous dialogues Hira says, “Apne kiye ki sazaa toh har insaan ko bhugatni padti hai …lekin apna jurm kubool karne se, uski sazaa jhelna aasaan ho jaati hai.” And “Kabhi kabhi insaan apne paap ka ek chota sa paudha chhodkar bhaag jaata hai …lekin kismat us paudhe ko ek pedh banakar uske samne khada kar deti hai.” While watching, Marathi film Ranangan released on May 11, one starts comparing the film with these two Hindi movies in which Amitabh Bachchan played a role of illegitimate son.

About 40 years later, Rakesh Sarang tries to refresh the age-old story in the form of Ranangan. Shamrao Deshmukh (Sachin Pilgaonkar) is a chairman of an education empire with high political ambition. Shlok (Swapnil Joshi) is staying with Deshmukh family since his birth. Shamrao and his wife Kalindi (Suchitra Bandekar) tell each one that Shlok is like their son. They found him orphan wrapped in a cloth in front of their house. Deshmukh couple has another son Varad (Siddharth Ghanekar). Shamrao wants legitimate son to follow the lineage of Deshmukh family. He asks Varad to marry with Sanika (Pranali Ghogare) who is deceived by one Avinash in the name of marriage and become pregnant. Despite of knowing the fact, Shamrao wants Varad to marry with her and give name to the baby. After the marriage Shlok enters in the life of Sanika and Deshmukh family. Shlok makes life of Shamrao miserable and tells him “Aaple paap nakalat samor yete, hey paap kabul kara; aani mala Deshmukh kutumbacha waras jahir kara.”

Now, the war on the battle field ‘Ranangan’ (within and outside) starts. Sachin portrayed Shamrao with strength. In many frames, one can recollect the roles of Sanjeev Kumar as R K Gupta of Trishul and Amjad Khan as Ranbir Singh of Laawaris. Sachin is effective in displaying different shades of human nature like egoistic powerful politician, a compassionate father in law, a responsible but dominating husband, an orthodox head of family who wants legitimate ‘grandson’ to run the show, a protector of his legitimate son, etc. Shlok’s character recalls the roles of Amitabh Bachchan played in Trishul and Laawaris. Swapnil Joshi tried to give justice to his role as Shlok. Swapnil gives tough fight to Sachin and makes Shamrao’s life miserable to settle old scores. The film takes grip from the very first scene, but loses pace in other scenes.

Except dialogues between Sachin and Swapnil and melodrama, the Director has wasted other characters. Director Rakesh Sarang in an enthusiasm to focus on Swapnil and Sachin in the film forgets to develop story and make impact on audience. One cannot understand why the Director has used famous Marathi song from the film Saamna ‘Sakhya Re Ghayal Mi Harini’ in the movie. Also other songs are irrelevant in the film. The film has no drama except the one-upmanship of Sachin and Swapnil. When two criminals fight with each other for power, audience can get nothing from the film. Though it is a treat to fans of Sachin and Swapnil, the film fails to give any message through it.