‘SARI’ (MARATHI) REVIEW | 5 May, 2023

Canrus Productions’ Sari (Marathi; UA) is a love triangle. Remake of Kannada film Dia, it is the story of a girl and two young men. Diya (Ritika Shrotri) and Rohit (Ajinkya Raut) are in love with one another but Diya’s father (Sanjay Khapre) does not approve of the liaison. One day, Rohit and Diya meet with an accident, after which Rohit slips into a coma. Diya’s father lies to Diya that Rohit had died in the accident. Diya slips into a depression. She takes a long time to come out of her depression, and this happens when she meets Adi (Pruthvi Ambaar) and the two grow fond of each other. Even as Adi and Diya express their love for each other to one another, Rohit re-enters Diya’s life. Diya meets Rohit after he comes out of the coma. What happens thereafter?

Ashoka K.S. has written a story which doesn’t quite impress the audience. Oftentimes, the story moves on the predictable path. His screenplay holds the viewers’ attention only in parts. Several portions of the drama are quite predictable. Climax is not up to the mark. Ashoka K.S.’s dialogues are alright but they aren’t very good.

Ajinkya Raut is okay in the role of Rohit. Pruthvi Ambaar does a good job as Adi. Ritika Shrotri acts ably as Diya. Mrinal Kulkarni makes her presence felt in the role of Adi’s mother, Laxmi. Sanjay Khapre does a fair job as Diya’s father. Pankaj Vishnu lends average support as Diya’s uncle, Uday. Others provide routine support.

Ashoka K.S.’s direction is okay. However, his editing could’ve been sharper. Music (Amitraj, Arijit Chakraborty and B. Ajaneesh Loknath) and lyrics (Mandar Cholkar) are ordinary. B. Ajaneesh Loknath’s background music is quite effective. Padmanabhan V.S. does a fairly fine job of the cinematography.

On the whole, Sari is a dull fare and will not be able to make a mark at the turnstiles.

Released on 5-5-’23 at Glamour (daily 1 show) and other cinemas of Bombay thru Reliance Entertainment. Publicity: so-so. Opening: poor.