Taking us to the Bombay of the 50's, Hutatma shows us glimpses of the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement from scene one. Season one of this seven episode series based on Meena Deshpande's novel, nicely paints the unrest of the people demanding a Marathi speaking state in Independent India. Through the journey of many fictional characters and the story of how this polical movement changes their lives in the foreground, Hutatma parallelly continuous to unfold an untold story that forms an integral part of the legacy of Maharashtran politics..
Returning home from a movie, Vidyut witnesses her father gettin gunned down in a police firing at a protesting morcha called by senior leaders like Acharya Atre, Senapati Bapat, S M Joshi and S A Dange to protect people's interest. Vidyut's life takes a huge leap then onwards, from a innocent gril, she now seeks retributive justice for her father. Her journey is what introduces us to many other characters that later form an important part of the series. She tracts down the cop she thinks has shot her father and sets his house on fire but Vidyut is shocked to learn that the man she punished is innocent. Her journey introduces her to Malinitai and journalist Shreerang who become important in shaping her conscious to face the political battle she gets dragged into.
Director Jayprad Desai, brings to life a periodic and forgotten story that every Maharashtrian may want to know. Recreating Bombay of the 50's is achieved with a keen eye to detail. The cinematography is tasteful and brings the best out of every scene specially the one where the police fires at the crowd and there is a big chaos. The script manages to show the divide of opinions of various different political minds and how those opinions impact commoners is thrilling. However the pace of the series is it's main problem according to me. It does feel like a drag due to every character having a separate journey of their own and all of it shown with equal importance, also at a risk of introducing too many new characters to remember.
The casting is spot on, with versatile actors like Anjali Patil, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Abhay Mahajan, Sachin Khedekar, Ashwini Kalsekar, Lokesh Gupte, Mohan Agashe, Ravindra Mankani, Chhaya Kadam, Vikram Gokhale, Anand Ingle and Manoj Kolhatkar... performance is not an issue for Hutatma. Arif Zakaria looks perfect for Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Premiered on 1st May, also known as Maharashtra Day, Hutatma is a tribute to the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement and depicts the struggles and sacrifices of a common man amidst difficult times in Maharashtra.