It has been almost 2 years of the pandemic and all my travel plans are put on hold. I did slip in a trip in between but other than that an international trip is totally on hold. So then what is the alternative? I look out for films which are based on travel and take you around to places. Now, this might seem odd or just gimmicky but until the pandemic slows down considerably, this is my best option at the moment. And such films with little self realization and self discovery won’t hurt either! With that I watched the new Marathi film Jhimma on Amazon Prime. Right from its theatrical release I had heard many great things about the film. So then does Jhimma manage to impress, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Jhimma follows the story of 7 women from different walks of life who take a trip to England in what turns out to be a life changing one. The story is essentially a road film(an international one) and is a breath of fresh air especially in today’s times. The screenplay is also light and breezy and definitely engrosses you from the word go. The situational comedy works pretty well here with each of the 7 women having distinct qualities and a different back story. Some of the road movies which have struck a chord with the audience are Karwaan or Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. And the reason they work is that the emotional thread which moves simultaneously with the story which eventually leads to the path of self discovery. And that is heartwarming at the end of the day. Likewise, Jhimma scores in this department. Each of the backstories, mentioned through a few dialogues are heartwarming and they instantly strike a chord. Whether it is a woman who is scared to travel alone or a woman who is wearing western clothes for the first time or someone young and hip, all of them have distinct qualities which are revealed slowly through the frothy screenplay. There is never a dull moment and you are invested in the characters and the drama throughout. And the drama is light and frothy throughout and never gets heavy! The final act is a heartwarming one which does put a smile on your face. And yes you get to travel to England with the characters too which is a bonus. So a very well screenplay overall with well fleshed characters.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are very well written. They range from being funny to entertaining to reflective and each emotion is captured pretty well. The music is good and blends well with the drama, the BGM could have been a little better. The cinematography is good and it captures some breathtaking frames. Director Hemant Dhome has done a wonderful job keeping things light and frothy and maintaining a grip on the narrative throughout.
The performances are pretty good. Hemant Dhome(yes he has acted here too) as Nikhil shines in a cameo. Suchitra Bandekar as Vaishali has done a swell job here. I wish a particular bit of her character(and you will know which one) was explored a bit more. Suhas Joshi as Indu has such a charming smile and she does a great job. A lesson which her character teaches is to keep smiling through your problems and live in the present. Nirmiti Sawant as Nirmala is superb here. Her comic timing is absolutely on point and there are some memorable scenes featuring her. Sayali Sanjeev as Krutika looks pretty and her character represents the youth of today. And she is fantastic here. Mrunmayee Godbole as Rama is such a natural onscreen and she is absolutely first rate. Kshitee Jog as Meeta is my favourite character and someone which we all would relate to. The way she is able to overcome her fear is really heartfelt and she is brilliant here. Sonalee Kulkarni as Maithili is a character which all girls would be able to relate to and she is simply superb here and really heartfelt. Siddharth Chandekar as Kabir is the perfect foil to all characters and he does a brilliant job too!
Jhimma is light, frothy and a breath of fresh air. The path of self discovery was never so sweet during the pandemic! Available on Amazon Prime and Highly Recommended!