Well Done Baby Review

This Marathi drama flounders in its own contradictory messaging

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Well Done Baby Review
Platform
Amazon Prime Video
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Format
Original Movie Review
Movie Rated
13+
Genre
DRAMA
Language
Marathi

What is the story about?

Aditya, a counsellor and Meera, a doctoral student are a London-based couple going through marital problems. After a lot of deliberation, they decide to opt for a divorce. However, on the verge of beginning divorce proceedings, Meera learns she is pregnant. While both Aditya and Meera agree that a baby cannot be the reason for both of them to stack stuck in the marriage, Aditya decides to stick around and help Meera give birth. The rest of the story is how both of them, with Meera's mother Nirmala in tow, undertake this journey to parenthood.

Analysis

It is sad when a film that claims to be progressive, turns out to stay trapped in the same regressive ideals it was trying to run away. Priyanka Tanwar's film starts off strong, with Aditya, Meera and Nirmala visiting a marriage counsellor. In the first half-hour, you know that Aditya and Meera, like two mature adults, realize they are not compatible anymore. Even after both of them realize Meera is pregnant, both of them agree that a baby cannot be a stop-gap solution to their marital woes. Unfortunately, once Aditya realizes he wants to stick around for Meera's birth, the film nosedives into the morass of regressive ideals about marraige and parenthood it was trying to run away from. The film is at its strongest when Aditya and Meera talk to each other. Unfortunately, such moments are rare, and the screenplay shies away from addressing the fact that both of them need to spend more time with each other without the constant pestering of family. The fact that Nirmala and her ways are responsible for most of their woes is conveniently brushed under the carpet, because this is supposed to be a "family drama". The rest of the story is predictable, and even at 99 minutes, feels long. The emotional climax feels incongrous with what the film had set out to accomplish, with a baby being ultimately responsible for a "happy ending".

Performances

Both Pushkar Jog and Amruta Khanvilkar rise above the contrived writing and make their characters flesh-and-blood. Vandana Gupte is hilarious as the vlogging Nirmala who lives with her daughter and son-in-law. However, her hilarious ways deserved another film. Here, her boisterous ways feel out of place. Sanjay Yadav is alright in a cameo as the marriage counsellor.

Music & Other Departments

Rohan Rohan's score is melodramatic. The cinematography is alright.

Highlights

The scene where Aditya has an outburst in front of Meera about how his own feelings are constantly downplayed by her and Nirmala is a strong one.

Drawbacks

No one in the film seems to realize that Nirmala's oddball ways, though comical, actually add to the marital woes of her daughter and son-in-law.

Did I enjoy it?

I enjoyed a few scenes, but that's about it.

Do I recommend it?

Not unless you're a hardcore fan of weepy Marathi dramas that play it safe.


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