Review: Mumbai Pune Mumbai – MPM 3 (2018)
Cast: Swapnil Joshi, Mukta Barve, Prashant Damle, Suhas Joshi, Vijay Kenkre, Savita Prabhune & Rohini Hattangadi.
Director: Satish Rajwade
Quick Viewpoint: MPM 3 takes off from where MPM 2 left, not just story wise but overall the film exceeds on the stronger points of the previous film & minuses some of the negatives!
- The film could have easily been edited for at least 10-15 minutes especially in the second half. Some scenes though harmless don’t seem that important at the later stage of the narrative.
- As usual the ever-present flaw in almost every Satish Rajwade film. Visually the film looks like a daily soap! From the use of light, to the art direction & makeup of artists.
- Certain elements in the film feel repetitive, like how Gautam (Swapnil Joshi) keeps repeating that he wasn’t ready to be a father. At a point the film doesn’t understand the actual weightage of this statement, it keeps using it as a character trait.
- Performances! Swapnil Joshi becomes an altogether different actor when he is in ‘Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai’ & again he is smashing throughout! Mukta Barve too compliments him & so does the rest of the senior cast which include Prashant Damle, Savita Prabhune, Vijay Kenkre, Suhas Joshi & Rohini Hattangadi.
The way film slowly establishes it’s primary conflict (of Gautam & Gauri turning ‘accidental parents’), it happens so organically & believably that we can easily relate it with our own life or with the people around us.
- Both Gautam (Swapnil) & Gauri (Mukta) are essentially unique characters but flawed human beings. And hence when they are put into a believable situation the drama that enfolds becomes interesting.
The film goes easy on ‘drama’ in the second half, unlike the second installment of the series where the drama went on increasing as the narrative progressed. Though both decisions work perfectly in both films respectively!
Even while encompassing more characters & appearing like a family drama, this film understands that the heart of this franchise is a ‘love story’! And it skillfully highlights that again so beautifully!
Final Verdict: All in all ‘Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3’ offers everything that the dedicated fans of the franchise were hoping for!