Bold attempt: Jogwa

Review

Producer: Shripal Morakhia
Director: Rajeev Patil;
Writer: Sanjay K Patil
Stars : Upendra Limaye, Mukta Barve, Kishore Kadam, Priya Berde, Vinay Apte

The age-old tradition of devoting an entire life of servitude to the local deity showcased in a very educative form in Jogwa.
Suli (Mukta Barve) and Tayappa (Upendra Limaye) are victims of circumstances. Matted hair is found in Suli's head while Tayappa, after unsuccessful tips to several Mumbai doctors for a medical condition, lets his family take up his case for him. A carefree girl, Suli is now compelled to live a life of subjugation because of rampant superstitious that plagues the village. And Tayappa is forced to drape a sari and live a life of a woman.
Circumstances bring the two together and they slowly develop a warm relationship that leads to love. As two dejected people try to find solace in each others company, they are forced to face the wrath of a disapproving community that is against their relationship.

Technical Expertise
Though based on two novels, the tale told in Jogwa touches the heart. The film explores the age-old tradition of Jog-Jogtin (serving a life surrendered to the deity) and also delves into their lives, which saddens one. Their plight is highlighted convincingly.
Upendra Limaye as Tayappa a man trapped in a woman's body, is the soul of the film. His eyes, body language and his silence all speak aloud for him. He is the perfect choice for this role. Mukta Barve as Suli, a happy and innocent girl to the victim of circumstance who is forced to a life of dejection and sadness, has performed the role to perfection. Director Rajeev Patil has to be applauded for attempting to make a sensitive film that was difficult considering that the emotions had to be handled gently. He holds the pace throughout the film making it very gripping. Tayappa's transition from a subdued-victim to a rebel has been captured with perfection. Shot extensively in Western Maharashtra, Patil has delved into the lives of the Jogtin's meticulously. The choice of the cast is also perfect. Music by Ajay-Atul also needs a mention as they have composed in the actual way the Jogtins sing their songs. Camerawork is also perfect especially in the shots where Suli and Tayappa discover feelings for each other. The camera spans on the expanse of the sea which is beautiful. All in all, this is one film that has to be watched for its story that touches the soul, performance that holds one spellbound and flawless direction. It is an eye-opener.
Verdict
One star for Rajeev Patil's direction, one for Upendra's brilliant performance. And one star for the story and Mukta's excellent acting.

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