Munjya Movie Review: Merry Times With A Maharashtrian Monster

'Munjya' Chronicles a Young Man's Journey Back Home, where Family Secrets Collide with the Unseen Forces of a Vengeful Spirit. Laughter and Terror Intertwine in a Battle for Love and Legacy.

General Rating

In a nut-shell:

Merry Times With A Maharashtrian Monster

Munjya Movie Cast/ Actors: Sharvari Wagh as Bela, Abhay Verma as Young cosmetologist Bittu, Mona Singh as Bittu’s mother Pammi, Suhasini Joshi as grandmom, Sathyaraj as Elvis, Reema Chaudhary as Mahua, Anay Kamat as Gotya Father, Richard John Lovatt as Kuba

Munjya Movie Director: Aditya Sarpotdar

Munjya Movie Release Date: June 07, 2024

Munjya Movie Available On: Theatrical Release and (likely to be released on OTT Platform Disney Plus Hotstar)

Munjya Movie Released/ Available In Languages: Hindi

Munjya Movie Runtime: 123 Minutes

Munjya Movie Critic Review:

It’s been a long time since someone made a film that’s both creepy and comic. To move to Hindi cinema, director Aditya Sarpotdar who has quirky Marathi movies like Zombivli (a zombie in Dombivli) and the big hit Faster Fene behind him, teams up with the producers of Stree (2018), the immensely entertaining horror comedy that starred Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor.

Sarpotdar uses the green-rich Konkan coastline to plonk a piece of “oh, never go there” patch of land. A munjya lives there and no one who has ventured into it has come back alive.

The film starts eerily in mid-20th century. A young boy who dies within ten days of his
mundan (head shaving ceremony) turns into a munjya, a rakshaksh. The priests tie up his spirit around a tree in the village to confine the demon to that space. Right till his death, the boy had been crazed with love for a girl called Munni in the village.

Writers Niren Bhatt, Yogesh Chandekar and Tushar Ajgaonkar create much mystery around a city family of three in contemporary times. Young cosmetologist Bittu (Abhay Verma) who helps his widowed mother Pammi (Mona Singh) at her parlour, and Aji the grandmom (Suhasini Joshi) who makes mouth-watering puran polis. The bond’s tight especially between grandmom and Bittu though no one will tell him anything about his dead dad.

A trip to the village changes it all. Bittu encounters the munjya, learns of Aji’s connection with the demon and is introduced to his father’s family led by an unpleasant older uncle who fights over the village property with Pammi. Bittu finds an unshakable connection with the munjya as he returns to the city.

Helping Bittu deal with the deadly demon are close buddy and videographer Diljit who calls himself Spielberg (Taranjot Singh) and childhood friend Bela (Sharvari), the one to whom he can’t pop the three I-love-you words. Veteran S Satyaraj playing Elvis, the Hand of God, brings his own brand of crazy exorcism to the demon story that Sarpotdar handles with a sense of merriment.

Sachin-Jigar complement Sarpotdar’s straightforward and steady narration with music that’s peppy and creepy as required. From a mirthful ‘Hai jamalo’ that accompanies the betaal-like munjya on Bittu’s back to a romantic ‘Tainu khabar nahi’ and a feisty Taras at the end credits where Sharvari shows her raunchy dance moves, the music slides into place efficiently. The special effects too, go with the chosen landscape and ambience.

Sarpotdar’s cocktail of wacky and deadly works if you don’t take the craziness or the supernatural seriously. It is a good addition to the Stree library and far ahead of the unwatchable Roohi (2021) made by the same production banner.

Likeable Abhay Verma is perfectly cast as Bittu, man enough to handle the munjya but not strong enough to tell Bela that he wants to be much more than just a friend to her. Sharvari grows on you with her easy confidence. Mona Singh, Suhas Joshi and Satyaraj bring their usual proficiency to the table. Munjya, the demon, is like a Harry Potter character, likely to have a universe of its own.

Munjya Movie – Watch Or Not?: A jumpy giggle story is rare. Catch this one if the mood’s right.

Munjya Movie Review Score Rating:  3 out of 5 (i.e. 3/5)

Munjya Movie Official Trailer:

Munjya Official Trailer (Credits: Zee Music Company)

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