An adaptation of a Gujarati play, the movie Maharathi is the Bollywood version of the same. This brings together some of the finest talents of Bollywood as is

Maharathi Movie Review

Maharathi Movie Review Hindi
Review for the film " Maharathi"
Runtime: 2 Hours 18 Minutes
Certificate: U
Released: 05-12-2008
3 / 5.0

An adaptation of a Gujarati play, the movie ‘ Maharathi Click to look into! >> Read More... Maharathi ’ is the Bollywood version of the same. This brings together some of the finest talents of Bollywood as is visible from its cast. Even though the play is a couple of decades old, it was a huge success. However, the cinematic version of the same hasn’t been so much of a crowd puller.


The plot opens up in the usual cinematic style with Jai Singh Adenwalla ( Naseeruddin Shah Naseeruddin Shah is an experimental actor and asso >> Read More... Naseeruddin Shah ), a film producer, who is way past his prime, meeting with an accident. Howsoever, Jai Singh is saved just in time, by the timely intervention of Subhash Sharma ( Paresh Rawal The Padma Shri award winner who shot to fame with >> Read More... Paresh Rawal ), a struggling actor, who lends him the helping hand. In gratitude, Jai Singh calls Subhash to his home, where he was introduced to Jai Singh’s wife, Malika Adenwalla ( Neha Dhupia Neha Dhupia is a Bollywood actress who began her c >> Read More... Neha Dhupia ), and his lawyer friend, AD Merchant, ( Boman Irani Boman Irani is a well known name today in the Bol >> Read More... Boman Irani ), and decides to keep him as his driver. As time passes, Subhash gets in proximity to Jai Singh, who harbours on heavy drinking to forget his pains, and lives a horrible life with equations with his wife always being sore. However, Subhash’s entry happens much to the disliking of Malika and Merchant, who want to get rid of Jai Singh to get their hands on the insurance sum of Rs.24 crores, which is only possible if Jai Singh dies. Every time Malika tries to kill her husband, Subhash succeeds in saving his life with his intelligence and wit. Through this, Jai Singh gets to know about the intentions of his wife and friend, and hence decides to make amends in the insurance policy.

He calls up both Subhash and Malika to reveal the details about the insurance money, where he tells them that the insurance money will fall in their hands only if Jai Singh is murdered, and not if he is proved to have committed suicide. He adds that his wife, who makes desperate attempts to kill him, will look to ascertain that he has been murdered, and at the end shoots himself. Upon this, Malika decides to inform the police regarding her husband’s death. However, she is pulled up by Subhash who convinces her to help her prove that her husband is murdered, but on the condition that the insurance money will be equally shared. Even when they try to make up a convincing story revolving Jai Singh’s murder, they have to face with yet another challenge, which is ACP Gokhale ( Om Puri Om Rajesh Puri is one of the widely noted senior a >> Read More... Om Puri ). Thus, the final part of the movie is concentrated on Subhash’s attempts of proving the suicide as murder.


An entertaining movie for its twists and turns, and the suspense has been kept till the story lasts. Even the actors have pulled it off quite well, as they equally match each others performances. It has elements good enough to strike it big at the box office.


Paresh Rawal blends himself very well as a witty comedy entertainer. He may be said to be the X-factor of the film. Naseeruddin Shah has done well enough, given the role of a loser in many respects, though he is less harsh even while acting like a drunkard. Neha Dhupia has certainly raised eyebrows with her inclusion as the main antagonist. However, she has comfortably fit into the role with very impressive acting. Boman Irani supports Neha well in the film.


1. A spicy plot which assures surprises with twists in between.  

2. Neha’s altogether different outlook which may stun many.

3. The chain of events in the first half keeps up the suspense for the other half.


1. Even with the suspense, the movie lets the viewer’s interest down with a very up and down script. For instance, one may not find a good reason for why Naseeruddin Shah commits suicide.

2. The captive effect of the movie was lost once the story neared its end, as several reasons for the catastrophic events in the second-half seem to be silly.

3. Om Puri’s role could have been played better.


Barring the few mistakes, the movie looks good enough to be watched, and one will be assured of a satisfactory experience watching the same.