Dombivli Fast (Marathi, Nishikant Kamat)

That Dombivli Fast seems like a Mumbaiyya version of Joel Schumacher’s Falling Down (1993) – right down to a cricket bat instead of a baseball bat – seems pardonable! Why? Because, director Nishikant Kamat ends up getting right, what southern maverick director Shankar has tried in as many as 4 films, but with lively distractions, that no doubt enliven the viewing but dilute the impact considerably. Sandeep Kulkarni as Madhav Apte is incredible in the aam-aadmi-turned-vigilante role with 3 phenomenal highpoints – his monologue resignation letter to God, the speechless hospital scene where an elderly lady admonishes his method even as her husband comes back to say the same thing, in a more empathetic tone and the final scene where he wants to move to the window seat! Sandesh Jadhav as the compassionate inspector Subhas Anasphure, on the other hand is calm and controlled all the while and flips in the penultimate scene when the situation demands it. The situations that drive Madhav into a tizzy may seem trivial but that perhaps is also the strength of the overall theme. I do understand that this review is rather late. The ‘better-late-than-never’ cliché really is appropriate here! Don’t miss this one!

Keywords: Sandeep Kulkarni, Michael Douglas, Falling Down