Munjya - A Cool Ride With a Few Bumps

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Movie: Munjya
Rating: 3/5
Cast:  Sharvari, Abhay Verma, Mona Singh, Suhas Joshi and others
Director: Aditya Sarpotdar
Produced By: Maddock Films
Release Date: 7th June 2024


In the year 1952, in a secluded village located in Konkan, a young boy envisions a future with a woman who is seven years his senior. Tragically, his pursuit of this love leads to his untimely demise (to uncover the details, watch the film). Now, as a Munjya, his spirit yearns for the same woman he longed to marry all those years ago. Present-day Pune introduces us to Bittu (Abhay Verma), who finds himself inexplicably drawn to the very village where his past intertwines with the Munjya. Thus begins a captivating and amusing battle against supernatural forces that threaten the life of his beloved, Bela (Sharvari).


Abhay Verma's portrayal of Bittu is nuanced and authentic and a testament to his talent. He creates a relatable aura around his character that resonates with the audience. Sharvari's impressive performance in the latter half is a highlight, showcasing her versatility. Mona Singh excels as a Punjabi mother; her performance is a constant source of delight. Suhas Joshi's presence on screen brings a sense of calm amidst the chaos, leaving a lasting impact.

What worked for the film:

Munjya is a movie that delves into the story of a young boy who is haunted by a supernatural entity he was unaware of, contributing to the expanding horror-comedy world crafted by Dinesh Vijan. The film is successful due to its simplicity, presenting an earnest and straightforward narrative. The filmmakers refrain from excessive use of visual effects, instead focusing on what is necessary. This approach also extends to the humor, with only essential comedic elements included. Although there is a slight imbalance between seriousness and comedic moments, the film manages to redeem itself as it progresses toward its more significant message. Overall, Munjya is a worthwhile experience that should not be missed.

What did not work for the film:

Munjya does have flaws, which may lead to various questions left unanswered by the movie. What is the significance of Chetukwadi? Why does it appear as a fort in the ocean, yet it is already in ruins before being introduced? The connections portrayed in the film may seem too convenient and apparent. You may anticipate much of what unfolds if you are familiar with horror films.

Munjya Review and Verdict:

Munjya has an interesting premise and delivers the required fun. The narrative shifts between spooky and comedy episodes, and while the latter works, the former misses the effect. However, the film maintains the flow for most of its parts and gives a satisfactory feel.  

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