Kaun Pravin Tambe? Review: Shreyas Talpade excels in an incredibly inspiring tale
What: After Iqbal, Shreyas Talpade excels in an yet another incredibly inspiring tale of a cricketer – this time it’s Pravin Vijay Tambe – the senior most IPL debutant who created history.
OTT movie Kaun Pravin Tambe? synopsis
Kaun Pravin Tambe? Is the story of Pravin Tambe (Shreyas Talpade) an Indian cricketer, the leg spinner who debuted at the age of 41 in first-class cricket for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in 2013 and created history?
Kaun Pravin Tambe is a story of tremendous self belief and determination of a cricketer labeled as a gully/club level wonder who impressed the coolest dude in Indian cricket – Rahul Dravid and then swept the nation and the cricketing world by his charm as a leg spinner in his very first encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders and bagged the title of the Player of the Match.
And that’s not all Pravin Tambe also bagged the Purple Cap for taking the highest number of wickets in that year.
OTT movie Kaun Pravin Tambe? review
Cricket is a part of our lives just as movies. Stories both from the world of cricket and cinema will always remain the greatest stress busters and motivators from time to time.
Kaun Pravin Tambe written by Kiran Yadnyopavit and directed by Jayprad Desai is a journey of great will and self belief of an aam Mumbai manus who is passionate about cricket since childhood never gives up in his 20 years of struggle and then one day wins everyone’s heart.
Nothing short of a living legend as far is will power and self belief is concerned. India which has greatest names in the world of cricket like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli to name a few, the nation that has produced world class or say the best leg spinners in the world except the genius late Shane Warne. Anil Kumble, Chandrashekhar, Subhash Gupte, Sivaramakrishnan, Hirwani etc are great doctors/masters of Leg spin bowling.
We have Bollywoodised biopic on MS Dhoni starring the late SSR ( Sushant Singh Rajput), a movie on Sachin Tendulkar - Sachin: A Billion Dreams but not any biopic/ movie on the legendary spinners like Chandrashekhar, Gupte, Bishen Singh Bedi, but here we have a biopic on Pravin Tambe who may not be in the final 11 in Team India but certainly is the everlasting battery for Dream India.
Kaun Pravin Tambe is an example of an extraordinary triumph of an ordinary man, the victory of underdog theme which everyone loves. What makes Kaun Pravin Tambe a movie close to our heart is not heroism, its humanism in this journey of Pravin Tambe from the Time Shield, Kanga league tournaments in the sultry Mumbai heat to the extravagant, colourful, flood lights of the cricketing carnival called IPL.
The writer Kiran Yadnyopavit makes it simple, identifiable and motivational in his writing which is filled with middle class milieu lifted straight from our life. Jayprad Desai’s direction is smooth and the movies flows like a water and takes the audience along with its constant flow of emotions ranging from hope, despair, rejection, love, joy, anger, trust, magic and empowerment of human spirit.
Shreyas Talpade excels as Pravin Tambe one of his best after Iqbal. This one will be remembered for long.
Anjali Patil is excellent as an understanding wife the perfect partner. She is so amazingly effortless.
Ashish Vidyarthi as Pravin Tambe’s coach is just brilliant, conveying from both body language and facial expressions, Ashish Vidyarthi is just wonderful.
Parambrata Chatterjee as Rajat Sanyal the sports journalist who is observing Pravn Tambe right from his early days is outstanding.
Arif Arif Zakaria as the cricket loving owner of Orient Shipping from where Pravin Tambe started is superb.
Solid support comes from Chayya Kadam as Tambe’s mother and Arun Nalawade as Tambe’s father.
Kaun Pravin Tambe is a sports biopic that explores those timeless themes of ambition, will and determination to win against all odds, it has its celebration of heroism.
But on a higher note which makes Kaun Pravin Tambe a rare sports biopic which is more more human is the human story of commitment, sacrifice, win, failure of a cricketer who began with that tennis or that MRI ka rubber wala red ball and is undying spirit that never gave up. It’s the story of all those gully/club cricketers who have that in them. Never give up, and don’t forget to watch this gem on Disney + Hotstar.