Saajan Bakery Since 1962 (2021)

Review: Saajan Bakery Since 1962 (2021)
Dir: Arun Chandu

Saajan Bakery Since 1962 directed by Arun Chandu and written by Aju Varghese, Arun Chandu and Sachin Chandran begins promisingly. The disjointed beginning with credits rolling over makes you wonder where the film is headed to.

It begins with Aju Varghese (who plays both father and son) as Saajan, an alcoholic, having a brawl with his friends. From there, the film shifts to present-day where Saajan’s children, Betsy and Bobin, along with Cherian, a close aide of Saajan, are managing Saajan Bakery, a business started by their late father.

When you think of a title like Saajan Bakery, one wonders if this is another film related to food. But, this one’s not really. This one’s more about the dysfunctionalities that exist between Betsy (played brilliantly by Lena) and Bobin (Aju Varghese) who have their own set of priorities in life.

But as the screenplay progresses, the film doesn’t really manage to fulfill its purpose or do justice completely-the plot goes wayward trying to add elements that only confuse the viewers. Saajan’s backstory is unexplored, the core reasoning behind how he set up shop and how he ended in alcoholism is never told.

Despite the flaws, what lifts the film is the spunk with which the lead actors perform. Aju Varghese, Lena and Ganesh Kumar are terrific and their timing is perfect. Ranjitha Menon as Merin gets hardly any scope.

Prashant Pillai’s music adds a feel-good factor to the film but that’s it. This one starts off well but somewhere loses steam.

However, if you are someone who relishes a breezy clean family story, you might just choose to watch this one. It’s a film made with a heart but not quite manages to touch your soul.

Saajan Bakery Since 1962 is streaming on Amazon Prime.

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