INDIA Cases - 7,598, Deaths - 246
Global Cases - 1,680,527, Deaths - 101,762
Mogra Phulaalaa is clean and simple. There are moments and characters in the film that many people will relate to, and that's the beauty of National Award winner Shrabani Deodhar's story and its direction.
Mogra Phulaalaa, a family entertainer, is as fresh as Mogra (jasmine) flowers blooming on a spring morning, not only because of its story, but also, it’s treatment, music and performances. From this very first scene you get an idea of the kind of relationship this mother-son duo shares. Though the film has a large cast of characters, the story revolves mostly around Sunil, his mother and Shivangi Gupte (Sai Deodhar), his love interest. Neena Kulkarni, who plays the role of Sunil Kulkarni’s possessive mother, deserves special mention in the film.
Sai Deodhar plays Shivangi, a widowed young mother who is an assistant manager at a bank. She has done quite well. Her interactions with her daughter feel natural. From the rest of the cast, Sandeep Pathak and Chandrakant Kulkarni get the most screen time and both use it well.
Veteran director Shrabani Deodhar has kept things simple here. Except for one neighbour, everything is kept simple and realistic in the movie, which helps the audience to connect with the film. With a running time of 2 hours 19 minutes, Mogra Phulaalaa does feel a long and a further 10 minutes could, perhaps, have been excised, especially as the film meanders through the first half. Both songs are sing smartly into the narrative without breaking the flow. The background music is good but overused; there is hardly a quiet moment. So, all in all Mogra Phulaalaa which has a very simple and clean story is a must watchable with family.