Duration: 1 Hr 46 Mins
Director: Sanjay Jadhav
Release Date: 01st November 2019 (India)
Star cast: Sanjay Narvekar, Sushant Shelar, Asmita Aajgaonkar, Sharve Date, Nandita Dhuri, Soham Jadhav, Adarsha Kadam, Vedashree Khadilkar, Mandar Mandavkar, Depesh Shah, Swanand Shelke, Gopal Singh, Suyash Zunjurke
Plot: The film is set in 2011 and revolves around two orphan siblings, from the slums of Mumbai - Khari (Vedashree Khadilkar), who is visually impaired, and Biscuit (Adarsha Kadam).
Khari is a dreamer and for Biscuit, Khari's wish is his command. As he is fulfilling their late mother’s promise, to make Khari think that she is a princess, staying in a bungalow. Hence, Biscuit has never let Khari know that they are poor. And he always managed to succeed in doing so, by hook or by crook. Even if it means making a fellow slum-dweller and mimicry specialist, impersonate Shah Rukh Khan and Sachin Tendulkar, to make Khari feel that she actually met these two stars.
But when Khari wished to watch the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Biscuit’s mission gets a lot tougher. Will Biscuit succeed in fulfilling Khari’s dream this time? Forms the rest of the story.
Reviews: Director and cinematographer Sanjay Jadhav’s Khari Biscuit, is the story of poor little children who aspire to achieve something big. The plot has always found takers in cinema, around the world and not just in India. For instance, a classic example as far as world cinema is concerned, is Majid Majidi’s ‘Children Of Heaven’ that was released back in 1997.
Similarly, Marathi cinema has also explored this genre, in the form of Samit Kakkad’s Half Ticket, Paresh Mokashi’s Elizabeth Ekadashi, and so on, to name a few.
When it comes to performances, the two young leads Adarsha Kadam and Vedashree Khadilkar performed brilliantly. Their bond comes across naturally, which would make anyone believe that they are actual siblings. Even Nandita Dhuri, who plays an influential lady called Mai, delivers perfectly. The newcomers in supporting roles, too have performed convincingly.
As far as the locations, in and around the city of Mumbai and Thane are concerned, they give a realistic look. The cinematography is on point.
However, the screenplay loses track post-interval. Khari is shown to be around six to seven years old. And is unaware that she has been staying on the footpath, instead of a luxurious palace. This completely lacks logic. Therefore, though the performances and the characters could move the viewers, the story would not!
Overall, Khari Biscuit is a warm and fuzzy film, one that is dedicated to the brother-sister bond, played by two super talented child artists. If you are in a mood to watch something simple and sweet, Khari Biscuit will leave you smiling.