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Dithee film overview: The movie feels well timed, its questions timeless


Dithee film solid: Kishore Kadam, Mohan Agashe, Amruta Subhash, Girish Kulkarni, Anjali Patil, Dilip Prabhavalkar
Dithee film director: Sumitra Bhave
Dithee film score: 3 stars

A devastated father attempting to make sense of the premature dying of his son, is the opening for the various questions that plague us as we undergo life, questions on religion and perception, fact and fable, reminiscence and remembrance. ‘Dithee’ which suggests ‘seeing’, is Sumitra Bhave’s final movie (she handed away in April), and is nearly like a compendium of the massive themes that her movies touched upon, particularly those who she co-directed with Sunil Sukthankar (‘Vaastupurush’, Doghi’, ‘Astu’, ‘Kaasav’).

Kadam performs Ramji, a talented cow whisperer who’s fighting the very fact of his 30 years of pilgrimage, and the tragedy that has befallen him: how, he cries out, did his beloved Lord Vithal permit this to occur? The son, who was swept away by the swift currents of a river, was younger. Ramji is advancing in direction of outdated age. His eyes relaxation upon his grief-struck daughter-in-law (Anjali Patil), and the brand new born woman in her lap, and he can not bear it: he needs his son again, not his (the son’s) progeny and equally bereft spouse.

The consistently falling rain is each bodily and metaphorical, a flowing and cleaning of anger and unhappiness. Ramji’s outdated mates and neighbours collect collectively to touch upon the tragedy, the climate, the perilous state of a cow who’s about to provide start. The trio (Mohan Agashe, Girish Kulkarni, Dilip Prabhavalkar ) features virtually like a Greek refrain in a tiny Maharashtra village, offering a layer of that means to the infinite cycle of life and dying. Agashe delivers a beautiful line in regards to the fickleness and porousness of reminiscence, ‘otherwise the grief of a ripped kite from childhood would have affected us for our entire life’.

The parallel that the movie attracts between the cow’s deliverance of a feminine calf, and the acceptance of the newborn woman is predictable, but shifting. We all know that lastly it is going to be Ramji who helps the painfully lowing animal to ship, and can discover deliverance of his personal. We additionally know that Subhash, regardless of being conscious of the ache Ramji goes by means of, will attain out to him. She, the proprietor of the cow, is aware of about empathy, and is aware of precisely who can assist.

Kadam’s portrayal of Ramji, who manages to reach at a state of acceptance and compassion, is on the coronary heart of ‘Dithee’, which says ‘if the ‘seeing’ is obvious, you may see each right here and past, in any other case it’s all darkish all over the place’. Aren’t all of us in search of salvation proper now? As we grapple with the pandemic, experiencing different peoples’ grief in addition to ours, the movie feels well timed, its questions timeless.

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