Love stories abound in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, but “Date Bhet,” a fresh and heartwarming 2024 Marathi film, promises to paint a unique portrait of romance amidst the city’s vibrant chaos. Directed by the rising talent Priya Patil, “Date Bhet” isn’t your typical boy-meets-girl narrative; it’s a journey of self-discovery, a celebration of unconventional bonds, and a testament to the transformative power of chance encounters.
|4 June 2024
|Lokesh Vijay Gupte
|Sonalee Kulkarni, Santosh Juvekar, Hemant Dhome
“Date Bhet” is currently in post-production and is set to release in the second quarter of 2024. The trailer, released in February 2024, captured hearts with its quirky charm, endearing chemistry between the lead actors, and glimpses of Mumbai’s hidden gems. It promises a lighthearted yet soulful film that will leave audiences with a lingering feeling of hope and the belief that love can blossom in the most unexpected places.
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A talented ensemble brings “Date Bhet” to life. Siddharth Jadhav, known for his comedic timing and charm, plays Kartik, a struggling actor juggling auditions and odd jobs. Sai Tamhankar, an actress admired for her nuanced performances, portrays Rujuta, a sharp-witted and independent architect juggling deadlines and family expectations. Their chemistry and contrasting personalities form the heart of the film.
Supporting them are veteran actors like Usha Naik as Kartik’s supportive mother, Mohan Agashe as Rujuta’s stern yet loving father, and Amey Wagh as Kartik’s best friend, adding depth and humor to the narrative.
Kartik’s life is a whirlwind of auditions, rejections, and the constant struggle to make ends meet. Rujuta’s days are consumed by building designs, client demands, and the pressure to excel in a male-dominated field. Their paths cross unexpectedly in a crowded Mumbai cafe, leading to a chance conversation that sparks an unlikely connection.
Despite their different worlds and seemingly clashing personalities, Kartik and Rujuta find themselves drawn to each other’s honesty, wit, and unpretentiousness. Their initial hesitancy transforms into curiosity, shared moments of laughter, and a gradual understanding of each other’s aspirations and struggles.
The film doesn’t shy away from the realities of navigating life and relationships in Mumbai. Kartik faces the harsh realities of the film industry, while Rujuta battles prejudice and the expectations placed on a successful woman. Yet, their connection blossoms amidst these challenges, offering solace and support in each other’s journeys.
As their “dates” become more frequent, filled with impromptu getaways to hidden corners of Mumbai and heartwarming conversations under the city’s twinkling lights, they discover a sense of self they never knew they were missing. Rujuta finds a confidante who celebrates her achievements without judgment, while Kartik finds an anchor who encourages his dreams even when he doubts himself.
However, their newfound happiness is tested when life throws unexpected curveballs at them. Past relationships cast shadows, societal pressures mount, and personal demons resurface. Can their unconventional love story withstand the harsh realities of life in Mumbai?
Box Office and Budget:
“Date Bhet” is a mid-budget film, relying on its relatable story and talented cast to connect with audiences. The exact budget hasn’t been officially revealed, but it’s estimated to be in the range of Rs. 7-10 crores. Its box office performance will depend on its appeal to Marathi audiences and its ability to resonate with young adults yearning for authentic and relatable stories.