(Crisp) Movie Review: JHIMMA by FENIL SETA

Jhimma is a feel-good Marathi film of a group of women going on an all-ladies tour to United Kingdom. There’s no story as such. It’s about the bond that the ladies share with each other and in between, the writer Irawati Karnik and director Hemant Dhome also briefly touch upon their back stories, their dilemmas, fears etc. From the humour point of view, the film works well. The film has various funny moments and dialogues that is sure to leave you with a smile or a laugh. The film also has some poignant emotional moments and the track of the widow, under-confident lady is the most memorable. On the flipside, the second half drags. A few tracks are not convincing enough; it’s also difficult to digest that the family members of all the ladies are understanding and sensible. And the absence of a conventional plot does hamper impact to some extent. Speaking of performances, Sonalee Kulkarni (Maithili Deshpande) is the lead actress of sorts and as expected, is lovely. Nirrmite Saawaant (Nirmala Konde Patil) is adorable while Suhas Joshi is great as the bindaas Indu Karnik. Kshitee Jog (Meeta Jahagirdar) had a difficult role but comes out with flying colours. Suchitra Bandekar (Vaishali Deshpande; Maithili’s mother) shines in the second half. Sayali Sanjeev (Krutika) and Mrinmayee Godbole (Rama Shah) are decent. Siddharth Chandekar (Kabir) is excellent and its fun to see how he gets irritated while dealing with the seven ladies. Hemant Dhome, also the director of the film, is okay in a cameo. All in all, Jhimma is a heartwarming tale and deserves to be seen. Make sure you book your tickets in advance as its running with sold out shows in most centers of Maharashtra.

My rating – *** ½ out of 5!

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