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Sairat, a soul-stirring and awe-inspiring saga
The film does remind you of 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' and 'Ek Duje Ke Liye', with similar Romeo Juliet storyline and climax, but is based in peculiar Indian settings. However, is that the only reason that it compels you to watch it again and again? Is it the predictable and unfortunate ending? Well, there is more to it which leaves you in silence and can't be expressed in words. It makes you dance to its rhythmic beats, reinstates your faith in 'unworldly' love and even breaks your heart.

Love stories never fade! More so, those films that have tragic endings. But, is this the only reason that 'Sairat' has become the highest grossing Marathi film ever? Perhaps that, and much more. It is a story which reasserts your faith in those innocent love stories which we don't see on big screens often. The film is an old-fashioned love story that starts with a crush and grows deeper with time, the kind of love which existed before smartphones took over all spheres of our lives, including relationships. It is one of those stories with such strong visuals that it makes understanding of the language irrelevant.   

Archie (Rinku Rajguru) and Parshya (Akash Thosar) are lovers. Their love starts with a handwritten letter. So, unlike today, it is the kind of love story which makes you fall in love with love. It is smeared with innocence oblivious to the harsh realities of life which awaits it. One is taken over by the feisty and bold Archie, who doesn't believe in mincing emotions. It is the story of the people who do not succumb to the boundaries of class, caste and gender erected by the society. Yet, they are failed by the stronghold of hatred based upon class, caste and gender discrimination. 

Archie, a carefree girl, is the daughter of a rich, upper caste local political leader of a village in Maharashtra. Parshya belongs to a poor low-caste fishermen family. They both join the same college and Parshya's secret obsession for Archie develops into a mellifluous unadulterated romance. The two are separated brutally as her family finds out about them, but not for long. Their struggle starts as they start to live on their own. The narrative moves as they come face-to-face with bitter realities of life and hardships of making a living and upholding the very essence of their love. They overcome this obstacle, but not the one laid out by the society for them.

Archie comes out as the strongest character of all. She takes the reins in her hands when it comes to saving the life of her lover. She rides a bullet, horse, scooter and tractor, but only till the time she defies social laws. She is not hesitant in firing a gunshot or tearing apart the police records to save her love. Her fearlessness, perhaps, comes as much as from her roots as from her love for Parshya. But patriarchy has its way in the end. 'Sairat' shows the bitter caste and class realities. It shows the repercussions of defying those realities. It presents the stark social and economic differences that caste creates.      

But, is that all that the film leaves you in its awe? There is more. It's music given by Ajay-Atul. It is soulful, melodious and engaging in a way that it transports you into the world of Archie and Parshya and you don't want to come back. It plays on loop in your phones and laptops, after you have finished watching the film. Cinematography doesn't lag behind with beautiful landscapes, sunsets, riversides and vast blue skyline, presenting Maharashtra in a whole new way. 

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