Mahesh Manjrekar’s Me Shivaji Park Is A Much Needed Film That Values Senior Citizens
This Marathi thriller starring Vikram Gokhale, Shivaji Satam etc. tells the story of five retired friends who take law in their own hands.
If you’re a movie buff, you might have noticed that there’s set way in which the lives of senior citizens are depicted in films. While the kids are up and about, painting the town red, the elders are either shown reading newspapers, sleeping, listening to the radio or taking care of the house. Very rarely are they shown as being active or central to the narrative. But Me Shivaji Park breaks away from this monotony and tells the story of five retired friends, who come together to solve a murder case.
Watch the thrilling film here.
Featuring a star-studded cast including Ashok Saraf, Vikram Gokhale, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Shivaji Satam among others, this Marathi film starts out by focusing on the lives of five friends Digamber, Vikram, Dilip, Rustum, and Satish, who often meet at Shivaji Park and jog together. While this group is content leading a routine life, a shocking twist comes in when Satish’s granddaughter dies after falling from a balcony. His friends suspect it to be a murder than an accident.
They decide to investigate and go through the law. But after being fed up by the slow procedure and progress, these five friends take the matter in their own hands and take the onus of solving the murder case. What’s interesting here is that the narrative doesn’t shift to a bunch of youngsters, who take the story forward. You would half expect these friends to sit back and watch how the case unfolds, given that they are senior citizens.
But Me Shivaji Park speaks volumes of its progressive storyline, where this group of elderly men decide to take action, with or without help. The film clearly values senior citizens by showing them in an active form. It reaffirms that just because the story revolves around an aged group, doesn’t mean that they can’t be as hands-on as the younger generation.
Me Shivaji Park is a token of encouragement to all the senior citizens, who may be battling with loneliness or boredom after retirement. Old age can be a tough phase but the film encourages the elderly to live life to the fullest, even though it’s a case of murder that the characters are dealing with. The idea is to go out there and do your thing, no matter how young or old you are. After all, age is just a number, right?
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