The intriguing partnership of Nagraj Manjule, Sayaji Shinde, and Akash Thosar is showcased in the debut feature film Ghar Banduk Biryani by Hemant Awtade. Since the trailer was released, viewers have been curious about the film, which promises to be an entertaining and exciting immersive experience.
The film’s core themes—home, firearms, and biryani, which also serve as its title—are linked. Naxalite leader Pallam Daku laments the passing of his sweetheart Maria, whose mouthwatering biryani is sorely missed by the rest of the gang in Kolagad, Maharashtra. A brave police officer from Pune named Raya Patil is assigned to the dangerous Kolagad district, which strains his marriage. Cooking prodigy Raju falls in love but struggles when forced to find his own space. These three individuals, each with a different motivation, are drawn into a creative and entertaining story.
In the Lohagad forest, a bandit’s effort to surrender ends tragically with their death at the hands of the police in Ghar Banduk Biryani. The irony of two parties engaging in the same battle yet taking opposing sides is expertly shown in the movie. It illuminates the corrupt political system and the shared adversaries of law enforcement and bandits. The film examines the internal disputes among the policemen as they work towards a common objective from many points of view. It addresses issues including societal inequalities, our food decisions, and the depressing fact that the wealthy are becoming weak. Ghar Banduk Biryani introduces you to a new world and opens your eyes to bandit surrender scams that enlighten and frustrates us.
The story in Ghar Banduk Biryani takes unanticipated turns, resulting in an exciting cat-and-mouse pursuit with hints of love, desire, and grief. The tale is not the only aspect of the movie that stands out. The creative directors, Hemant Awtade and Nagraj Manjule, do a fantastic job of telling the story on screen. Regardless of the size of their roles, every actor gives powerful performances that enable viewers to relate to the characters without particularly feeling sympathy for them. This deliberate absence of empathy improves the pleasure of watching. Aakash Thosar impressively depicts the starry-eyed youth, while Nagraj Manjule turns in an evocative performance of Singham. As Pallam, Sayaji Shinde impresses, gliding between emotions with ease. Pravin Dalimbkar stands out as Ghura, one of the rebels, turning in a standout performance.
However, Ghar Banduk Biryani has two problems that stop it from moving forward: an overuse of slow-motion shots and an overemphasis on Manjule’s plot. Slow-motion footage can be used in songs and entrance moments, but too much of it might get monotonous. The movie overemphasises Manjule’s persona and downplays Pallam and his rebels’ more interesting backstories. In the imminent Ghar Banduk Biryani sequel, which will have the excellent addition of Kishore Kadam to the cast, these underappreciated components will be more prominent.
Ghar Banduk Biryani is still an engaging entertainer, perfect for a weekend trip to the movies. It is encouraging to see a Marathi movie successfully explore the action-drama subgenre.