We are at the start of another weekend that yet again brings to us loads of new content. And we at popcorn reviewss are working overtime to cater to all of them(almost all). And so very quickly I have just finished watching the marathi film Picasso on Amazon Prime. Now there is a different charm to Marathi films. If you have watched a few then you would know that they dwell on solid drama which is deeply rooted to the culture. And they deliver more often than not. So then does Picasso join that club, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Picasso is the story of a young boy who gets short listed for a national painting competition with a dream prize. But the entry fee becomes a hindrance. Will his father from a humble background be able to help? The story is very simple. Infact the entire story is probably written in real time which means it is set in the same day. The story may not be very novel to begin with but the gleaming screenplay wins you over. What amazes me in the screenplay is that the writers took upon a huge risk of showcasing an entire folktale of Dashavatara in the narrative of the film. But this folklore takes up bulk of the screentime. So after an initial bit of drama, the writers take this rather unexpected turn. The folktale is such a joy to watch as I am a huve admirer of culture. I loved every bit of it. But if you aren’t a fan of culture or acquainted with this sort of a narrative pattern then you may not like it. This definitely becomes a niche and may not appeal to everyone. But kudos to the writers for taking this risk that I personally found refreshing.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are minimal and the film relies a lot of gestures and ‘unsaid dialogues’ that leave a lasting impact. The music here was just outstanding and I really enjoyed every bit of it. It literally breathes life in the drama. A special mention of the cinematography which is simply brilliant. Director Abhishek Warang has done a fabulous job here. There were definitely risks in the screenplay which could have gone either way. Yet he comes out on top with flying colours.
All the performances are brilliant. The film though hinges on two performances in particular. Samay Tambe as Gandharva the little boy is such a natural. His gestures, his expressions often break your heart, such a nuanced performance. Prasad Oak as Pandurang is simply fabulous. A wonderfully restrained act packaged in a memorable acting masterclass.
Picasso might appeal to a niche audience but it is a little gem you do not want to miss out on. Available on Amazon Prime and Highly Recommended.