Films that have politics as their backdrop aren’t new. Jaundya Na Balasaheb is one such film but here politics is barely seen. In pure sense it’s just the backdrop of the film. Jaundya Na Balasaheb is more like a humorous take on the opinion of the changing generation in rural India and the urge in them to change the situation. Jaundya Na Balasaheb has everything from caste issues to sanitary issues but they aren’t prominent. What’s prominent throughout the film is Girish Kulkarni and the power he has to bring the change.
Jaundya Na Balasaheb starts uniquely with opening credits itself. If you notice the language used to describe the actors and technicians in the opening credits you will be impressed and already into the film. Well done Girish Kulkarni. Sadly this uniqueness does not last long. Film has a very simple and straight forward narrative with long scenes and some of them unwanted at times making the film long. The dreams seen by Balasaheb in second half are way beyond anyone’s thinking taking a different track altogether. Pace dips frequently. Music is like a breather in the film.
Precisely Jaundya Na Balasaheb is all about Girish Kulkarni. His performance is outstanding and one of the highlight of the film. He has a great character and he plays it with absolute brilliance. Rest of the star cast looks never ending. Sai Tamhankar, Mohan Joshi, Reema Lagoo, Bhau Kadam, Manava Naik and many more are perfect in their respective parts. Ajay-Atul have given some great compositions. Their background score is ordinary but perfect to the scenes and also noteworthy. Girish Kulkarni and Ajay-Atul are the strongest factors of Jaundya Na Balasaheb.
Overall Jaundya Na Balasaheb turns out to be a decent film. Not great as it is not inspiring nor it gives out a message as the trailer promised. Film is funny though just a reflection of society with a hope to bring change in it. Many such films came but nothing really happened. My rating is only for Girish Kulkarni and Ajay-Atul.