Film Review at Nation Next: Bucket List
Synopsis: Bucket List, directed by Tejas Prabha Vijay Deoskar, is the story of a simple homemaker from Pune ? Madhura Sane ? played by Madhuri Dixit Nene. After undergoing a heart transplant, Madhura sets out to discover details about her organ donor, only to realise that the donor was a 20-year-old girl named Sai Deshpande. In the process of her discovery, Madhura stumbles upon a list of Sais unfulfilled desires. As a mark of gratitude to Sais heart that is alive in Madhuras body, she strives to complete Sais ?Bucket List. It’s while ticking off items one by one in the bucket list, Madhura finds herself on the path of self-discovery and self-realisation.
Madhura is a traditional yet adventurous, rooted yet free-spirited woman, who when tastes freedom, sheds inhibitions and ditches familial norms to achieve her bucket list. From riding a Harley Davidson and getting sloshed in a pub, to getting arrested by cops and going ?viral, this quintessential ?gruhini? of an upper middle class Maharastrian family starts living life no-holds-barred.
While the director – Tejas Prabha Vijay Deoskar – has cleverly concealed being in awe of ‘Madhuri – the star,’ his fondness towards ‘Madhuri – the actor’ is palpable in the film. Full marks to 35-year-old Tejas for striking a fine balance in exploring the stardom and acting prowess of Madhuri Dixit, whom he is directing for the first time in ‘Bucket List.’
Ranbir Kapoors cameo appearance in the movie further paces up an already breezy and effortless screenplay. Sumeet Raghavan (Mohan), in a diversion from his charming boyish character ‘Sahil’ of Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, fits the bill perfectly as Madhuras mature and supportive husband. Madhuras mother-in-law played by seasoned actor Vandana Gupte justifies her role of a Punekar to the T, with her hilarious Hindi dialogues decorated with Marathi accent and words. Resham Tipnis, as Lavina Mewara, portrays the character of a fun-loving and carefree girl, who timely convinces Madhura to commit mistakes, unapologetically.
Renuka Shahane, who plays Sais mother, recreates magic with Madhuri as she reunites with her on the silver screen after 23 years of Hum Aapke Hai Koun..! Veteran actor Shubha Khote effortlessly hogs the limelight as the super-cool Panji? (Madhuras grandmother-in-law). Such is Panjis cool quotient that she recommends Madhura to have tequila shots, wine, whiskey and beer (in the same order) at the pub. She even offers Madhura a spoonful of curd as a good omen before the latter makes her drinking debut!
As a smart marketing move, this family-drama accommodates multiple in-film branding of certain brands i.e. Saraswat Bank, Max Fashion, Make My Trip, etc., which are targeted towards family audience. However, on certain occasions, the branding becomes a bit in the face. Cinematographer Arjun Sorte has done a great job by showcasing locations aesthetically, especially Madhuris picturesque house and the portions shots in Malaysia. Music is soothing! Music composers Rohan Pradhan and Rohan Gokhale have also done a fine job with the background score of the film.
Bucket List becomes dull and dragged in certain scenes (like the pub scene where Madhuri gets into drunken tomfoolery) but, immediately bounces back with emotional moments. At some places, the movie is relatable with the Sridevi starrer English Vinglish, as Madhuras daughter Radhika also trivialises her mother’s efforts, only to realise her worth in the end.
Bucket List is a movie not-to-be missed by Madhuri fans. With chaste Marathi and simple sarees, Madhuri, in her debut Marathi film, is every bit of a domestic goddess, who seduces the camera even in her 50s.
NATION NEXT RATINGS
Film : (4/5)
Produced by: Vivek Rangachari, Arun Rangachari, Aarti Subhedar, Amit Parikh, Jamashp Bapuna, Ashok Subhedar
Direction: (4/5) Tejas Vijay Deoskar
Performances: Madhuri Dixit Nene (5/5); Sumeet Raghavan (4.5/5), Renuka Shahane (5/5), Vandana Gupte (4.5/5), Shubha Khote (4.5/5)
Story: (4/5) Tejas Vijay Deoskar
Screenplay: (3.5/5) Tejas Vijay Deoskar, Devashree Shivadekar
Lyrics: (3.5/5) Mandar Cholkar, Tejas Vijay Deoskar
Music: (4/5) Rohan Pradhan, Rohan Gokhale
Art Direction: (3.5/5) Siddharth Tatooskar
Cinematography: (3.5/5) Arjun Sorte
Editing: (3.5/5) Abhijeet Balaji Deshpande
Takeaway: Madhuri Dixit Nene scores a ton in her Marathi debut!
RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President
The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.
Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.
Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.
The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.
Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka, Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.
President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .
Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.
Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .
Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur
Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.
Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.
“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.
“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.
With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.
Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live
A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.
During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.
On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.
The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.
After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.