2.5 / 5
Aye Zindagi based on a true story. Vinayak ‘Vinay’ Chawla (Satyajeet Dubey), a young computer engineer from the middle class learns that he has cirrhosis of the liver. He traveled from Lucknow to Hyderabad to meet Revathi Ranjan (Revathy), an organ donation counselor convinces the family of a brain-dead patient to donate an organ. Talk to her about Vijay’s hopes, but getting a liver that meets his specific parameters is difficult. Vinay, frustrated, begins to lose hope but life, as it is said, has found a way. How things turn out for him forms the crux of the film.
The film carries a strong message, affirming that this is really the need of the times. Organ donation is something that Indians mostly shy away from. So many lives could be saved if the majority became organ donors. But sadly this message is delivered in a messy way. While the scenes that show Vinay going through different stages of the illness are gripping, the post-production scenes where we see Vinay suffer from the guilt of a major survivor like him have only Being able to withdraw a liver because someone is dead, sounds very unrealistic. He wanted to meet the organ donor’s family to express his gratitude and condolences. All is good. But he is portrayed as an angry unruly child for not being able to afford his favorite brand of ice cream in such scenes. They need to be written and rotated by a certain gravity, which is lacking. As a result, you don’t feel their effects as much as you should.
Then his romance with the night nurse, Manjula (Mrinamayee Godbole), looks too childish. After he was discharged from the army, they mostly talked on the phone and one fine day, he proposed to her and she accepted. Manjula at least displayed professional restraint when dealing with a patient while he was in her care. Vinay, on the other hand, behaves like a madman in love with the first beautiful girl he sees. He is a qualified engineer working in a prestigious company but his emotional immaturity is jarring. His brother, played by Sawan Tank, is a reverse study. He presents as a doctor all preparing for further studies but taking a break to take care of his sister. The head of the hospital (Hemant Kher) is also shown to have a calm head on his shoulder. Why the weakly constructed central character weakens the mind.
The film is not derailed because of the sincerity of the actors. Marathi actress Mrinmayee Godbole was given a half-hearted character sketch but didn’t let that stop her. She has been completely fair with her sponsored role. Hemant Kher conveyed his inner Biswajit as a compassionate doctor and Sawan Tak as the soul of a caring older brother. Satyajeet Dube performs very well in scenes where he is slowly losing both his health and his mental peace. His description of a depressed patient is correct. Your heart breaks as you witness his total commitment to the uneven material he takes on in the latter part of the film. Revathi is a powerful performer who has always made each role her own and does here too. She is the soul of a grief counselor and makes you sit up and notice her impact performance.
If the scriptwriter and director were a little more attentive Anirban, Aye Zindagi It must have been a far superior movie than it is now. It really carries a powerful message, which needs to be conveyed to the public. The heart of the film is in place and let’s hope viewers forgive the blunders and follow its teachings.
Trailer: Aye Zindagi