Lapachhapi (2017)

A Terrific Thriller deals with Cliche topic but sets some Technical Achievements in Marathi Cinema. I skipped this film when released because of some other releases and then naturally forgot it. Recently the news of its Hindi Remake brought my interest back, so that i can compare both the films (habit my friends, original must be seen to judge the remake). Skipping this film was a mistake and there’s no shame to accept it because i have wasted lot of my time on many craps made in Marathi cinema. Lapachhapi deals with a stereotypical topic which has been attempted many times from old days to modern cinema.

The additional factors here are, the horror touch and telling the story in thriller mode. Although the topic is cliche, the importance of it is still relevant. A subject of Child feticide is relavent not only to Marathi Audience but to Pan India audience. The film tells a story of a pregnant woman who arrives in unknown village with her husband. Next, the conspiracy and some horrible facts from past takes this journey forward. What i like the most about Lapachhapi is overall structure of the film. I haven’t seen any marathi film recently (in last 3 years i mean) with such a technical brilliance and terrifying visuals.

The background score gives jitters but more importantly it is used at correct times. I remember so many films being unnecessarily loud and uselessly hectic and surprisingly Lapachhapi wasn’t the one. Cinematography is excellent i must say. Couple of scenes startled me which hasn’t happened to me in long time, i mean how? That’s a great deal done by Technical team and that’s what i called Technical achivements in Marathi Cinema.

Another good thing about Lapachhapi is the way it unfolded the plot with that horror stuff and linked it to real life leaving a social Message. I was a fan of Pooja Sawant’s beautiful looks from ‘Kshanbhar Vishranti’ and Colourful ‘Dagdi Chaal’ but in this film I noticed how good actor she can be. Usha Naik doesn’t need any introduction or reference, i remember her act from Classic ‘Ek Haiarachi Note’ and in Lapachhapi she proved her acting metal again. Those terrible eyes of her, oh god. Rest of the cast is supportive with thier small roles. I didn’t know Vishal Furia’s name before but now i might remember him for attempting an unattended genre in Marathi Cinema. I don’t recall any Marathi Horror film being so good (i didn’t expect it on this level) which gave full satisfaction of a certain one time watchable flick.

Lapachhapi could have been better compared to some other cinema but for Marathi Cinema it is a well made draft. This film deserves to be remade not only in Hindi but also in some other industries and i hope higher budget would take it on next level. Lapachhapi is definitely recommeded considering the low rate of good films Marathi Cinema has delivered in last decade and i am looking forward to its Hindi remake.

Review by SAMTHEBESTEST

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