Time Pass (2014)
- Written by Ravi Jadhav
- Directed by Ravi Jadhav
Time Pass - Movie Highlights
Marathi film industry has grown by leaps and bounds over last few years. Suddenly there is a new wave and films are not just being appreciated but are tagged as box office blockbusters, a term which is synonymous with Bollywood. In recent years, Marathi film industry has been churning out, one gem after another with films like 'Balak-Palak', 'Natsamrat', 'Lai Bhaari', and the recent sensation 'Sairat'. If you think they are following Bollywood footsteps with box office success, then wait, they are coming up with films like 'Natrang', 'Jogwa', 'Valu', 'Shwaas', 'Dombivili fast', 'Gabricha Paaus', 'Tingyaa', 'Fandry' and the recently Oscar short listed entry 'Court' which are highly appreciated for their contents not just by critics but even the general audience who are able to connect with them thus increasing the wider base for the Industry. This movie 'Time Pass' was the highest grosser of Marathi cinema until its box office record was broken by Ritesh Deshmukh's 'Lai Bhaari' and recently by the blockbuster 'Sairat'(2016).
Time Pass is a tender concept of first love, the kind that happens irrespective of education, family and socio-economic status. When Cupid strikes the first time, it sees no class or caste barrier, it's this love which makes a person to do good things and love doesn't remain a Time Pass anymore. It is one such teenage love story between Dagadu (Prathamesh Parab) and Prajakta (Ketaki Mategaonkar). Dagdu is a rickshaw driver's son, who has failed in his SSC exams and has no interest in further studying, and is a staunch believer in Sai Baba. So to support himself and the family, he takes up the job of delivering newspapers. On the other hand, Prajakta is from lower middle-class family and her father is a typical Marathi man who prides on his education, hatred for cinema and living life like a total robot. One day Dagdu is insulted by Prajakta's father Madhav Lele (Vaibhav Mangle) and he decides to teach him a lesson. He decides to hit on his daughter Prajakta and woo her with the support of his friends who consider her as a complete MM (marriage material). Dagdu initially thinks of this as a timepass, but eventually is infatuated by her. Prajakta on the other hand, initially ignores Dagdu, but she is attracted to his simple nature. She seeks freedom, a break from her father's militarised home environment. She is more than happy just to be with Dagdu. His innocence and straight forwardness make her fall for him. Love blooms between the two as Dagdu helps the repressed Praju (whose name he cannot even pronounce) find herself. But a poor class Dagdu can never be a match to the standards of Prajakta's family, who are rich in culture and have a higher degree of education and sophistication. Spruha (Urmila Kanetkar), Prajakta's music teacher, convinces Dagdu that education is the only bridge that will make him traverse that gap. Also, the relationship between Spruha and Vallabh, Prajakta's elder brother is strained due to their father. And that he would never approve of their love relationship. And so what happens when the two lovebirds fly into reality? What happens when love stops being just TimePass and consumes you completely?
Ravi Jadhav proves himself as a compelling story-teller as he pulls you into Dagdu's world quite cleverly. Be it Dagdu's mannerisms or fragility of Prajakta's character and both their environment at home is brought out distinctively. And this he does with relatively lesser known young stars as his protagonists which proves again that content is always the king. Scenes like Prajakta enacting Dagdu's monologue in front of the mirror or several other scenes bringing out the best of Dagdu's character shows that it is not a lazy writing. While its depth never ceases to amaze you, its craziness warms your heart but without being preachy at all. Music by Chinar-Mahesh is fresh, mushy and soft.
Prathamesh and Ketaki are the most appropriate for their roles in the film. While Prathamesh is a natural and his performance sometimes is a tad over the top but it works for his character. Prajakta is the quintessential girl next door who is largely demure and she is perfect. Vaibhav Mangle as her strict dad is also terrific. Urmila Kanetkar makes a brief but warm appearance. Others are also well cast and support well.
Time Pass's story is essentially one line and in the second half it feels a bit stretched. But barring that, it makes for an entertaining experience.
Have a good Time Pass!