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  • Nikhil Bhagwat


Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Siddharth Menon, Ameya Wagh and others

Direction: Satish Rajwade

Language: Marathi

Rating: ***1/2

I have loved Satish Rajwade’s work right from the beginning. With unusual subjects and presentation he is one filmmaker in the Marathi industry who always has something different for the audience.

Right from the first shot, the movie engrosses the patrons on a journey of three friends and a cameraman. Ameya Wagh is a struggling actor who loses a film. Along with him are Atul Kulkarni – a cameraman, Siddharth Menon, and Ketan Pawar.

One  fine day, the friends are inspired by a stage play in their village, and wish to make a film on AIDS, which is the subject that the play is about.

They want to find the definition of “Popat.” The word essentially has a deeper definition and symbolizes the rampant disease. Through the movie, Rajwade narrates a message with great subtlety. The message is basically about how AIDS transmission can be avoided.

This movie has a documentary – like treatment too. In addition, it also could have been made earlier especially when the government had launched campaigns on AIDS.

All the leading actors have delivered great performances. It is not easy to single out any one of them. Even though the subject is serious, the dialogues are light hearted and will appeal to the family.  Coming to the work done behind the camera, the captain has done a fascinating job while making this movie. I did not find a dull moment in this one. The cinematographer has visualised Kulpe beautifully. But, in my opinion, though the movie is of a good quality, the editing has something to be desired. The transitions could have been smoother. The power of this movie is the story and screenplay penned by the director himself.

Post Ek Daav Dhobi Pachchad, he deserves distinction marks for creating such a believable world and writing a coherent film.

Overall, Popat is a film that is differently treated. It is an entertaining watch.

Trailer of Popat:

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