Aamhi Doghi Movie Review: Priya Bapat Made a Difficult Role. While watching Pratima Joshi’s directorial debut Aamhi Doghi, the expectation raised by the title and the trailer. This isn’t a film about two women.
Aamhi Doghi Movie Review: Priya Bapat Made a Difficult Role
Aamhi Doghi is a rewarding film about emotions and relationships. Currently living in Mumbai, Savitri aka Savi (Priya Bapat) recalls her life starting from childhood. She was born and brought up in Kolhapur where her father (Kiran Karmarkar) is a successful lawyer. Her mother passed away when Savi was still a child. Her father has brought her up to be a practical person. She is now a confident young woman who knows exactly what she wants. One day, out of the blue, Amala aka Ammi (Mukta Barve) enters her life and slowly becomes her companion. Meanwhile, Savi’s life training starts backfiring on her own father. The young woman does as she pleases, ignoring the restrictions he tries to impose upon her. As the tension between father and daughter grows, Savi finds solace in Ammi’s company.
Aamhi Doghi is more about the treatment than the story, which is not to suggest that the film has no story. It is difficult to believe this is Joshi’s first film as director. She displays remarkable control over and maturity in handling complex characters and diverse emotions ranging from childlike humor to adult frustration. Usually, Indian films dealing with family dramas are notorious for loud soap operatic sound. But there is hardly any use of a background score in Aamhi Doghi, forget about it being loud. Though the story is written in 1973, it is set in present time, which makes Savi a child of the ’80s or ’90s. However, the atmosphere of most scenes that feature the younger Savi seems quaint, suggesting an earlier timeframe. Some more thought should have been given to production design to avoid this issue. Priya Bapat and Mukta Barve are both seasoned actresses and efficiently portray the characters.