Sharto Lagu is a breezy family entertainer with a bit of drama. It’s a feel good and fun movie that revolves around the relationship between two drastically different individuals.
Savitri (Deeksha Joshi), a veterinary doctor, and Satyavrat (Malhar Thakar), an engineer and entrepreneur, are poles apart as personalities. Under constant pressure from their parents to get married to each other, these two, who are apprehensive about it, unanimously decide to live together for two months before tying the knot. Understandably, it creates considerable chaos in their families. Will Savi and Satya, who have totally different likes and dislikes, finally marry each other?
This one’s an adaptation of the 2017 Marathi release Chi Va Chi Sau Ka, which was directed by Paresh Mokashi, the director of acclaimed movies like Harishchandra Chi Factory and Elizabeth Ekadashi. While retaining the core of the original, writers Mitai Shukla and Nehal Bakshi (the duo who penned Love Ni Bhavai) have used their creative resources well to give the screenplay and dialogues a distinct Gujarati touch. And it works wonders. Neeraj Joshi, whose previous movie Cash on Delivery failed to impress audiences, gets things back on track with this family-drama. Good direction, crisp editing and nice locations lift the film, while the music by Parth Bharat Thakkar is brilliant. ‘Pankhi Re’ and ‘Mann Melo’ are songs that stay with you long after the film is over.
The vivacious characters give the film an extra edge. It’s amusing to see Savi striking a conversation with every animal (dogs, horse, cows and even a lizard named Zoya!), or Satya trying to save every drop of water. Malhar and Deeksha share a good onscreen chemistry, but you expect more romance and passion once they fall for each other, which is missing. They overact slightly at places. You will fall in love with Gopi Desai as Satya’s grandmother. She is cool, a live-wire, social media pro, believes in YOLO (you only live once) and elopes to get married to her boyfriend! Hemant Jha, Prashant Barot, Alpana Buch and Chhaya Vora, as parents of Satya and Savi, make their characters relatable. The character of the teenaged Tinyo (Savi’s brother) is adorable, who is a film buff and video game addict. Moments like him humming ‘Tane Love Karu Ke Bey Veegha Gahu Karu’ make you happy, while you are in splits when he explains to his father about his love-interest by saying ‘Kya kare yeh kamabakthishq cheez hi aisi hai’! The dialogues are interesting and evoke a few laughs, like “lafdu with respect etleke relationship’, “chicken soup naa paarna” or “vadhare ma vadhareshuthaay, chhokrokechhokri”.
It’s a light-hearted and breezy ride for the most part, but the last 30 minutes feel a bit of a drag, which could have done with a few more dialogues. But it’s certainly a must watch for those who yearn for quality Gujarati films.