- 1 hr 39 min
Hirkani is a Marathi historical drama film directed by Prasad Oak and released in 2019. The film is set in the 17th century and revolves around the true story of a woman named Hira, also known as Hirkani, who lived in a mountainous fortress called Raigad in Maharashtra, India. Hirkani is portrayed by actress Sonalee Kulkarni in the movie. The film begins with an introduction to the character of Hirkani, who is a young mother raising a baby boy named Paro. Hirkani's husband is a soldier in the army of the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who has established his capital in Raigad. The film showcases Hirkani's daily struggles as a mother and her yearning to meet her husband who has been away for months. However, entering and exiting the fort is strictly prohibited for civilians after sunset due to safety reasons. One day, Hirkani finds herself stuck inside the fort after sunset while her infant son is alone in her village on the other side of the mountain. She realizes that there is no way for her to get to her son until sunrise. Determined to reunite with him, Hirkani decides to climb down the steep mountain slope in the dark of the night. The movie displays the bravery, courage, and determination of Hirkani which enabled her to climb down the steep slope, avoid obstacles and reach the village where her son was. Her story of bravery and love spread throughout the region and become one of the biggest examples of mother's love and determination. The film has a strong message of women's empowerment and highlights the pain and suffering that women often go through due to societal norms and restrictions. It portrays the strength and resilience of Hirkani's character, who challenges the norms and breaks the barriers imposed on her by the patriarchy. The acting performances of the lead cast members. Sonalee Kulkarni as Hirkani, Siddharth Chandekar as Hirkani's husband, Makrand Deshpande as the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, and Hemant Dhome as a court jester are highly appreciated. The movie showcases how Hirkani made her way down the fort despite obstacles that she faced, while also showing the beauty of the breathtaking mountainside outside the fort. The cinematography and background score add to the film's overall appeal. The music by Amitraj starts with loud and suspenseful beats anticipating Hirkani's compulsion to climb down the mountain, which also accompanies Hirkani's complex feelings of love and anxiety. In conclusion, Hirkani is a well-crafted and well-acted movie exploring themes of motherhood, courage, and determination. It is an inspiring story that highlights the strength and resilience of a woman against all odds. Through Hirkani's story, the movie also portrays Maratha history and the struggle of the Maratha people during the 17th century. Anyone who appreciates a good historical drama with a strong female lead should watch Hirkani.