Munjya is an entertaining horror comedy with an engaging second half.

Munjya review {3.0/5} and review rating

Star Cast: Sharwari, Abhay Verma, Mona Singh, S Sathyaraj

Director: Aditya Sarpotdar

Munjya Movie Synopsis:
ants It is the story of a terrible spirit. bittu (Abhay Verma) lives in Pune with his mother Pammi.Mona Singh) and grandmother (Suhasini Joshi). Pammi runs a beauty parlor and Bittu helps her in her business. He is in love with his neighbor Bella (Sharvari) but never gets a chance to confess his love. Bittu’s cousin Rukku (Bhagyashree Limaye) is about to get married. So, Bittu, Pammi and Aji go to Rukku’s seaside place in Konkan, Maharashtra. Rukku’s father Balu Kaka (Ajay Poklakar) opens old wounds about his family and how Bittu’s father died in a freak accident. Angry and sad, Bittu leaves Balu’s house and goes to Chetukwadi, a haunted area. Here, he bumps into Munjya, the spirit of one of his ancestors who died in 1952 and who is looking for his bride, a girl named Munni. Munjya is tied to a banyan tree in Chetukwadi but the situation is such that he is attached to Bittu. Moreover, only Bittu can see him and Munjya asks him to find Munni, making his life hell. But Munni has migrated from Munjya’s village long ago and it will be a tough task for him to find her. What happens next sets up the rest of the film.

Munjya Movie Story Review:
Yogesh Chandekar’s story is fascinating. There have been different films on different types of souls but this is the first film on ‘Munjya’ and that’s why it stands out. Niren Bhatt’s screenplay is captivating but there are some loose ends in the first half. Niren Bhatt’s dialogues add to the entertainment of the film.

Aditya Sarpotdar’s direction is impressive. The director uses his skills to create an extraordinary atmosphere. At the same time, he doesn’t sacrifice humor either and eventually, the film ends up being both comedy and horror in equal doses. It keeps the narrative fast and does not allow the viewer to get bored. He introduces the back story very well at the very beginning and then takes the plot forward. The second half is much better as the climax is full of twists and turns. The film ends on an intriguing note and watch out for the mid-credits scene.

On the other hand, the first half could have been better. It also gets a bit heavy as too much information is dumped on the viewer and things become clear only in the second half. Some jokes don’t have the intended effect. Also, in places, the story moves too quickly. For example, the scene where Bittu finds Munni at the end could have been done better. Also, although the director has arranged all the tracks well, he does not give details of what happened to an important character.

Munjya – Official Trailer | Sharvari Tiger | Abhay Verma

Munjya Movie Screening:
Sharvari has a strong screen presence; When she is in the frame, no one looks at anyone else. Performance wise, she is first class and looks sizzling in the song ‘thirsty’, however, she doesn’t have much to do in the first half. Abhay Varma gets into his character and gives a very capable performance. He also gets his body language right. Mona Singh has left a big impression in the supporting role. Suhasini Joshi is adorable. Despite her limited screen time, she rocks the show. S Sathyaraj (Elvis Karim Prabhakar) is very entertaining and his casting adds a lot to the film. Bhagyashree Limaye is okay while Ajay Poklakar is excellent. One can’t help but hate him. Taranjot Singh (Spielberg) laughs; However, his love track suddenly emerges. Richard Lovatt (Cuba) is decent and gets a raw deal. Shruti Marathe (Gotya’s mother) doesn’t have much. Ayush Ulgadde attended.

Munjya music and other technical aspects:
Sachin-Jigar’s music is well woven into the narrative. ‘thirsty’ Has foot-tapping and good shot. ‘No news for me’ While soulful ‘Haijamalo’ Fits the theme of the movie. Justin Varghese’s background score adds to the impact.

Saurabh Goswami’s cinematography is neat. The locales of Kudal and Guhagar are beautifully captured by the lensman. The production design by Amit Ray and Subrata Chakraborty is realistic. Sheetal Iqbal Sharma’s outfits are straight out of life while the sharwari wears are stunning. RP Yadav and Darrell McLean’s actions are no mean feat. Redefine’s VFX is commendable. Munja’s character, especially, is very well conceived and created. Monisha R Baldava’s editing is crisp.

Munjya Movie Conclusion:
Overall, Munjya is an entertaining horror-comedy with an engaging second half. At the box office, the film may have a slow start but has the potential to grow due to style, word of mouth, and ties to the Maddock Cinematic Universe.

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