A devastated father making an attempt to make sense of the premature loss of life of his son, is the opening for the various questions that plague us as we undergo life, questions about religion and perception, reality and delusion, reminiscence and remembrance. ‘Dithee’ which suggests ‘seeing’, is Sumitra Bhave’s final film (she handed away in April), and is nearly like a compendium of the massive themes that her movies touched upon, particularly people who she co-directed with Sunil Sukthankar (‘Vaastupurush’, Doghi’, ‘Astu’, ‘Kaasav’).
Kadam performs Ramji, a talented cow whisperer who’s scuffling with the actual fact of his 30 years of pilgrimage, and the tragedy that has befallen him: how, he cries out, did his beloved Lord Vithal permit this to occur? The son, who was swept away by the swift currents of a river, was younger. Ramji is advancing in the direction of outdated age. His eyes relaxation upon his grief-struck daughter-in-law (Anjali Patil), and the brand new born woman in her lap, and he can not bear it: he needs his son again, not his (the son’s) progeny and equally bereft spouse.
The continuously falling rain is each bodily and metaphorical, a flowing and cleaning of anger and disappointment. Ramji’s outdated mates and neighbours collect collectively to touch upon the tragedy, the climate, the perilous state of a cow who’s about to present start. The trio (Mohan Agashe, Girish Kulkarni, Dilip Prabhavalkar ) features virtually like a Greek refrain in a tiny Maharashtra village, offering a layer of which means to the limitless cycle of life and loss of life. Agashe delivers a beautiful line in regards to the fickleness and porousness of reminiscence, ‘otherwise the grief of a ripped kite from childhood would have affected us for our entire life’.
The parallel that the film attracts between the cow’s deliverance of a feminine calf, and the acceptance of the infant woman is predictable, but transferring. We know that lastly it is going to be Ramji who helps the painfully lowing animal to ship, and can discover deliverance of his personal. We additionally know that Subhash, regardless of being conscious of the ache Ramji goes by way of, will attain out to him. She, the proprietor of the cow, is aware of about empathy, and is aware of precisely who can assist.
Kadam’s portrayal of Ramji, who manages to reach at a state of acceptance and compassion, is on the coronary heart of ‘Dithee’, which says ‘if the ‘seeing’ is evident, you possibly can see each right here and past, in any other case it’s all darkish in all places’. Aren’t all of us searching for salvation proper now? As we grapple with the pandemic, experiencing different peoples’ grief in addition to ours, the film feels well timed, its questions timeless.