Family oriented films are rare to see these days. Family Katta looked promising and worth looking forward to but all the expectations turn out to be partially disappointing.
More than anything else seems like Family Katta had some limitations which were clearly visible on screen like budget limitation. As per the plot it’s a family get together but that does not mean most of the film should be shot in just one house. Situations are explained with dialogues and not actual flashbacks where events take place. If that’s what director wanted then a stage for such story suited more than screen. Chandrakant Kulkarni has recently done some beautiful family oriented plays; Wada Chirebandi and Magna Talyakathi. Unfortunately Family Katta fails to reach there.
First half of the film is revolving around the lives of Dilip Prabhavalkar and Vandana Gupte. Just because they are brilliant actors there is some life into yhe film. Second half just gives you false hopes of something interesting and worth the wait happening but nothing happens. Again just dialogues. Film gives you enough chances to ask the makers why screen and not stage. Writing of the film is very weak. Story lacks power so does the screenplay. Overall the film lacks substance.
Performance wise Dilip Prabhavalkar, Vandana Gupte and Sai Tamhankar shine whereas rest of the cast is more like that of a TV serial. It is good to see the music composer late Aadesh Shrivastav on screen but he is not explored as an actor. Film has only one song and that’s soothing and worth humming. Editing of the film is uneven. At times film fails to keep you engaged throughout.
Family Katta do have some bitter sweet moments but they are limited. Some nice takeaways and messages that attempts to make you a better person. Film beautifully explains the importance of time for family. These are the few things that makes Family Katta worth watching once.