The storyline is pretty straightforward: A village girl from Ratnagiri (Girija Oak) is hurriedly married off to a very succesfully expatriate from Dubai (Swapnil Joshi). The problem is that he has entered into the marriage reluctantly and still hasn't recovered from the break up w/ his ex-girlfriend and coworker(Tanaaz Currim). This, combined with his controlling alpha-male nature, mean that things don't bode too well for his wife and she soon finds herself being humiliated. The only bright spot is that she has complete freedom to go around wherever she likes during the day and befriends a photographer called Deepak (Manoj Bidwai) and that's where the real story starts.
Manini is a film w/ modest production values and the performances are competent (Manoj still seems seems a little raw though). It has flaws for sure, but the movie is honest and the emphasis is more on the germane social message than the screenplay itself.
I had a minor nitpick about Tanaaz's dubbed dialog (in her own voice) regarding the pronounciation of the harsher Marathi consonants "lae" as "la" (for instance, MhAnaLAE comes across as Manila), but it will be lost on most non-Marathi speaking people.
Anyway, the bottomline is it's worth considering watching it if only to just to see Oak's luxuriously beautiful Dabar Amla Kesh Tel hair ...
Edited by akhare, 27 March 2006 - 01:50 AM.