Jai Santoshi Maa (2006) Movie Review – lacks 70s touch !
Director Ahmed Siddiqui remains faithful to the original classic, which was a simple film, but had the power to mesmerize viewers of all ages. The only changes that you see in the new JAI SANTOSHI MAA are a rich canvas and of course, new set of actors. A commendable effort nonetheless!
JAI SANTOSHI MAA is about how Maa supports her devotees. It’s a story about how undying faith in Santoshi Maa can redeem one’s life. And how the divine intervention of the Goddess can change one’s life entirely.
Cast: Nushrat Bharucha, Rakesh Bapat, Lalit Tiwari
JAI SANTOSHI MAA is the story of Mahima [Nushrat Bharucha], an ardent devotee of Santoshi Maa and Anuraag [Rakesh Bapat], a musician by heart. It’s a saga of all the hardships they face, with no complaints or regrets, and how they overcome these hardships with Santoshi Maa’a blessings.
Mahima’s father is a music teacher and her mother a devotee of Maa. She is married to Anuraag, a young man whose passion is music. Since this marriage is against the will of Anuraag’s family, only hardships come their way. Fed up with humiliation, Anuraag decides to try his luck elsewhere, where no one knows him. But Mahima decides to stay back and serve her in-laws. But what does she get in return? Misery, pain and distress from each and every member of the family.
With no shoulder to lean on, Mahima starts worshipping Santoshi Maa. She starts her ‘solah shukrawar vrats’ and follows them religiously. She withstands everything that comes her way with a smile on her face and faith in her heart. Finally, Maa is pleased. The Goddess not only makes all her wishes come true, but also blesses her husband with all the success he ever wished for.
Inspite of strong performance and good story, the maker of Jai Santoshi Maa falters in the music department. The strongest point of 70s Jai Santoshi Maa was its devotional songs, which are till today chanted on every religious ocassions.