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Maruti Mera Dosst – movie review

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Maruti Mera Dosst, movie review

After the huge success of Hanuman, another film on Lord Hanuman is released – Maruti Mera Dosst which could have continued the trend of Hanumanji’s popularity. However this film targeted supposedly for the kids has been given a U/A Certificate. Not surprising, since the evil characters in this film have been given powerful roles and appear too scary.

Maruti Mera Dosst is about Lord Hanuman and there are real life characters, witches and innocent little children. Two kids essaying central roles in this film which merges real characters with animation. It has some spectacular visual effects and computer graphics, but it just falls short of being impressive.

Rameshwari (Ritika Shrivastava) is an innocent eight year old girl who lost her mother at birth is brought up by doting albeit naive father Kunwar Raghvendra Singh (Chandrachur Singh). She longs for nothing but a mother’s love, so this prompts her father Kunwar Raghvendra Singh to marry Mohini. And that’s when the dark forces are released in Rameshwari’s pleasant life since her new stepmother arrives with the evil lady Kokoi (Sushmita Mukherjee).
The rich father and daughter being unaware, the witch Kokoi has evil intention of getting rid of them to inherit all the wealth. Kokoi tries every trick in the book to harm Rameshwari. She uses black magic and the evil monstrous Tantrik Bhakshu (Murli Sharma), who has devils and spirits as his pets.

Kokoi also brings in her brother, a murder convict Sadhu Pahalwan (Shahbaaz Khan). All in vain since unknown to them Maruti (Erik Nanda) is Rameshwari’s saviour and bodyguard and they all surprised how this little boy is able to save his dear friend.

Kokoi is unaware of the power of Rameshwari’s friend Maruti, who is Lord Hanuman in disguise and his Godly intervention saves the day. When she sees that her wicked magic is backfiring because of Maruti, she creates a situation where Rameshwari herself forces Maruti to take a vow on Lord Rama’s name to leave her and go away, and never come back. And from then on life poor little girl Rameshwari has troubles with no end. This time even her father’s days are now, numbered.

Much to our dismay, director Manikya Raju’s Maruti Mera Dosst lacks that certain freshness, naturalness and that innocence and fun elements that normally appeal to the kids or even the kids in you.

Maruti Mera Dosst, with its idea and story could have turned out to be an extremely entertaining and cute little film for children who are no doubt its prime target audience. But, its screenplay, story, treatment and even the execution let it down.

Chandrachur Singh is saddled with limited scope given to him in what was supposed to be his comeback film. Sushmita Mukherjee is better however she is over the top at times. The cute child Ritika Shrivastava makes an impression as the protagonist, while Shahbaaz Khan, Sadhu Pahalwan and Erik A Nanda just carry it off. Murli Sharma appears comfortable in his role.

The camera work is fine but let down with a jarring background score. Animation sequences and the special effects are plain tacky in this film which could have been better if made short in duration.

Starring Chandrachur Singh, Sushmita Mukherjee, Murli Sharma, Vindu Dara Singh, Ritika Shrivastava, Erik A Nanda, Shahbaaz Khan

Cast of Maruti Mera Dosst:
Kunwar Raghavendra Singh – Chandrachur Singh
Rameshwari – Ritika Shrivastava
Kokoi – Sushmita Mukherjee
Tantrik Bhakshu – Murli Sharma
Lord Hanuman – Vindu Dara Singh
Sadhu Pahalwan – Shahbaaz Khan
Erik A. Nanda

Credits & Crew of Maruti Mera Dosst:
Banner – Contiloe Pictures Production
Producer – Abhimanyu Singh
Director – Manikya Raju
Story – Manikya Raju , Mann Katoja
Screenplay Manikya Raju , Mann Katoja
Cinematography – Sanjeev Mohapatra
Music – Kartik Shah
Lyrics – Subrat Sinha
Playback Singers – Kailash Kher, Hariharan, Kay Kay, Javed Ali, Armaan Malik, Mansi Bhardwaj, Chandrachur Singh
Maruti Mera Dosst, movie review

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