Many intimate films are relegated to the status of ‘small gems’ but you end up filing away abundant details for their sheer tenderness. Muramba (translating into a fruit preserve which slowly ages) is a lighthearted film that follows the 500 Days of Summer template but shoulders the mantle of deeper familial and social observations.
Alok hesitantly deliberates upon his sudden breakup with his long-time girlfriend, Indu when he announces it to his parents and unintentionally deconstructs his relationship. The trajectory of his fraying relationship is portrayed in a non-linear fashion. We see the story unfold through Alok’s perspective in flashbacks in the first half. Indu’s stance is revealed towards the end of the film in a masterstroke of a move for a Marathi romcom. The truth always lies in the omissions. We go to the movies to surrender ourselves to manipulation and Muramba’s narrative structure does just that. It unearths emotionally self-defeating patterns that conceal one another like a Matryoshka doll.