‘IRSAL’ (MARATHI) REVIEW | 3 June, 2022

Bhalari Productions Pvt. Ltd. and Raj Films’ Irsal (Marathi; UA) is the story of two friends-turned-foes.

Two childhood friends become arch rivals in a bid to control a slum. Although they (Shashank Shende and Anil Nagarkar) both work for the same political party, they aspire to enter mainstream politics and become politicians themselves. While one uses the political and crime syndicate to strike gold, the other uses a young man as a puppet to ruin the other. However, the young man has his own agenda and he learns the ropes of politics pretty fast. He uses the juvenile gang from the same slum to play his own political game.

Aniket Bondre has written a story which is a little unusual. The screenplay, penned by him and Maheshkumar Munjale, is fairly interesting and quite fast-paced. However, it loses steam along the way. Vishwas Sutar’s dialogues are reasonably weighty.

Shashank Shende does a splendid job. Anil Nagarkar also shines. Dr. Mohan Agashe is pretty effective. Vikram Suryakant, Shivani Moze Patil and Sujata Mogal lend fair support. Others are okay.

Aniket Bondre and Vishwas Sutar’s direction is quite good. Dinkar Shirke’s background music is better than his music and lyrics. Dhairyasheel Uttekar’s choreography is so-so. Camerawork (Anand Pande and Veerdhawal Patil) is nice. Siddharth Tatooskar’s art direction is okay. Editing (Santosh Gothoskar) is alright.

On the whole, Irsal has some merits but bleak chances at the box-office because it is not a consistently entertaining fare and also because it has taken a weak initial.

Released on 3-6-’22 at Glamour (daily 1 show) and other cinemas of Bombay thru Sunshine Studios. Publicity & opening: poor.