Tya Ratri

“Tya Ratri Paus Hota” is a Marathi film released very recently in 2009. The title translated literally would mean ‘it rained that night’. It is not, however, the story of just one long rainy night. In fact, nothing much happens during the night except towards the climax.

The rainy night brings together by chance Avinash (Subodh Bhave) and Raavi (Amruta Subhash), brother and sister, after many long years of separation. Earlier in their childhood, the two children and their father Vishwas (Sandeep Mehta) and mother Gayatri (Sonali Kulkarni) have been a happy family. But there is a villain in the story, politician Shripatrao (Sayaji Shinde), a man of evil designs. He falsely implicates Vishwas and gets him sent him to jail. When Gayatri seeks his help to get her husband released, he agrees but makes her pay a heavy price for this favour. Vishwas is furious when he comes to know of it, and unaware of the fact that what Gayatri did was only for his sake, he leaves home with Avi, and Raavi is left with Gayatri.

When Avi and Ravee meet on that rainy night, they exchange the half-truths that they had known and lived with, and the real and complete truth emerges. By that time it is morning and the movie ends on a ray of hope.

Unlike most other rain-soaked movies, thunder and lightning are conspicuous by their absence in “Tya Ratri Paus Hota”. The film does begin with a scene shot in a heavy downpour, but the rain continues in the form of intermittent showers, some of them heavy, to use the meteorologist’s language. Rains are also a part of some of the flashback scenes, and the songs speak of overcast skies and cloudbursts. However, there are no particularly good natural shots of rain that would justify the title of the film. What we see is mostly water trickling down the roofs, or rainwater drenched in blue light, or car headlights beaming through the rain.

The story attempts to revive memories washed away in floods and long forgotten. It has flashbacks of happiness drowned in cloudbursts of lust, greed and exploitation. “Tya Ratri Paus Hota” is more like a night of artificial rain that the story could even have done without!

R R Kelkar