‘COFFEE’ (MARATHI) REVIEW | 14 January, 2022

Tanvi Films’ Coffee (Marathi; UA) is the story of a married woman and her attraction to a hotelier’s son.

Renuka (Spruha Joshi) is married to Ranjit (Kashyap Parulekar). While Ranjit is a film director, Renuka is an interior designer. Her work takes her to Goa where she meets and befriends Rohit (Siddharth Chandekar) whose hotel she is to design. When Rohit gets too close for comfort, Renuka backtracks. She returns to Bombay, but then leaves for Goa immediately. This time, she does not let her fondness for Rohit come in the way of her work.

Renuka returns to Bombay after her assignment is complete. She confesses all to husband Ranjit and apologises to him. But she also seeks his permission to meet Rohit one last time in his hotel room as he has also come to Bombay and is desirous of meeting her. Does Ranjit permit Renuka to meet Rohit? Does Renuka actually meet Rohit? What happens in the end?

Machhindra Bugade’s story is rather dull and hence does not manage to hold the audience’s interest for long. His screenplay is a shade better. The ending prompts one to wonder why the film was even made! Dialogues, written by Nitin Kamble and Machhindra Bugade, are so-so.

Spruha Joshi does well as Renuka. Siddharth Chandekar is good in the role of Rohit. Kashyap Parulekar is alright as Ranjit. Mohan Joshi lends decent support in a brief role. Others are adequate.

Nitin Kamble’s direction is below the mark. He has not been able to make a drama which can involve the viewers. Trupti Chavan’s music is dull. Lyrics (Ashok Bagwe and Nitin Kamble) are okay. Song picturisations (choreographer Santosh Bhangre) are not appealing. I. Giridharan’s camerawork is functional. Haresh Aair’s art direction is average. Rahul Bhatankar’s editing leaves something to be desired.

On the whole, Coffee will not leave a good taste in the mouth. Flop.

Released on 14-1-’22 at Plaza (daily 1 show) and other cinemas of Bombay thru Sunshine Studios. Publicity & opening: poor.