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JHIMMA (Marathi) - An expressive, feel-good film especially recommended for the women. (Review By Bobby Sing)

30 Jan, 2022 | Movie Reviews / Indian Regional language Gems (Other Than Hindi) / 2021 Releases

The praises showered upon the Indian regional language cinema in the last few months have mostly quoted the films made in the South, questionably missing the brilliant Marathi Cinema. In fact, it’s the Marathi filmmakers who have consistently delivered worth appreciating projects without relying upon the action or crime-thriller genre.
Jhimma is their latest offering, thankfully bringing smiles back to our lives in these tough times of the pandemic. It is said that travelling enriches life, adding a fresh perspective in our thought process and travellers know the world better than anyone else. Jhimma strongly endorses the saying introducing a group of women, from different age groups, on a ten-day vacation tour to Great Britain. Coming on to the tour all alone, without being accompanied by any male members of their families, the women wish to explore more in their lives and they together make the best of the opportunity, breaking their mental barriers.
It is a slice-of-life film with the cast and performances remaining its biggest merit. Directed by Hemant Dhome, Jhimma largely relies upon the lovable chemistry between the characters performed by a talented ensemble featuring Suhas Joshi, Nirmiti Sawant, Kshitee Jog, Sayali Sanjeev, Suchitra Bandekar, Sonalee Kulkarni, Mrinmayee Godbole, and Siddharth Chandekar (as the tour operator). The film grows on you as it progresses and the sequences mostly keep you engrossed with some thought-provoking dialogues.
It also works as it remains a simple film with decent music with no unnecessary baggage of raising a loud voice against the patriarchy. Despite being a travel movie, it even doesn’t have any forced focus on the famous foreign locations as a relief, staying away from the popular Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara format. At the same time, it has a few underdeveloped characters and some cliché insertions that remain completely predictable, adding to the length of the film. Besides, the at-your-face promotion, in which the actors are also given lines praising the on-screen product, remains a big downer.
That said, Jhimma still manages to win hearts, subtly pointing towards many social issues of our society targeting the women, without getting into the preachy zone. It might not be entirely fresh or novel in its concept, but does make you feel for its characters relating to their traumas and struggles in life. Completely focusing on the women, they are sure going to cherish it a lot more, but the film is equally entertaining for the males too. So, watch it as a must and have a great evening with this entertaining family film in the present testing times. 

Rating : 3.5 / 5
(Streaming on: Amazon Prime with English Subtitles) 

Bobby Sing

NOTE : The article was first published in THE FREE PRESS JOURNAL Newspaper (Mumbai Edition) on 29th January 2022.

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