What Date With Saie has achieved for Marathi content consumers is as huge as the 1st man stepping on the moon and allow me to borrow the famous quote of Neil Armstrong to explain what I feel, “Date With Saie is a small step from makers and giant leap for Marathi audience.”
Date With Saie as its name suggest is like a talk show along the lines of Koffee With Karan or something which ardent Marathi audience would imagine would be Amhi Saare Khavayee which is a cooking-talk show. In one’s wildest guess one would imagine it to be something like Rakhi Ka Swayamwar but the trailer makes us realize why the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” exists. Date With Saie’s story revolves around a popular actress (Saie Tamhankar) who is stalked by a maniac fan (Rohit Kokate), who places cameras to track her every move and make a film on her life.
Nikhil Sheth’s concept further brewed Dnyanesh Zoting’s story-telling and direction brings you a never seen before thriller in Marathi which is fresh like a cup of coffee. The makers have left no stone unturned to make a series that will make you feel like you’re watching some well-made Hollywood thriller – apart from the ending where the protagonist redeems herself. Director-writer Dnyanesh Zoting uses a non-linear method of storytelling and the editor Mayur Hardas uses L cuts and J cuts like Rohit Sharma uses short balls to hit sixes with his perfectly timed pull shot which is lovely to watch and gets you maximum results.
Sai Tamhankar who has earned the title of a font style “BOLD” because of her career choices makes another choice and we thank her for agreeing to play this role as such concept needs that star-power behind it for people to consider watching it. She plays herself in Date With Saie and how can we judge Sai for playing Saie.
Like every web series we get a gem of an actor in this one too just like in Sacred Games, we got Jatin Sarna who played Bunty. In Mirzapur we got to see the acting juggernaut that Ali Fazal is; in Date With Saie, we get Rohit Kokate who plays Raghunath, the bidi-smoking guy who is obsessed with making a love story and also Himanshu, an NRI who is posh and has ettiquette. Rohit’s characters will remind people of Rajkumar Rao from Bareilly Ki Barfi who plays two characters, one who is an underconfident bhigi billi type and other who is like a Lion who owns the whole jungle. Rohit Kokate can and should be the find of the season at least for Marathi Film Industry. Raghunath has an accomplice Vyankya which is played by Pravin Prabhakar and he is used by story-teller to bring humour in this dark, eerie thriller drama.
As the title of the review suggest, story-telling is God and according to our mythology even God is flawed; Dnayesh Zoting’s story-telling has few stretched scenes and also takes cinematic liberties which makes it flawed just when the audience is expecting an out-of-the-box ending.
If Marathi audience don’t watch and appreciate Date With Saie like they have appreciated Sacred Games, Breaking Bad, Sherlock etc they are doomed to watch the saas-bahu serials in different setup for a lifetime.
We give Date With Saie 3.5 stars with a huge-ass kink for Potadi Entertainment and ZEE5 for backing this project.
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