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Taryanche Bait (2011)

  • Release Date14/04/2011
  • GenreSocial, Drama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageMarathi
  • Run Time100 min
  • GaugeDigital
  • Censor Certificate NumberCIL/2/1/20xx- Mumbai
  • Certificate Date07/01/2011

Shridhar (Sachin Khedekar) is a clerk at the Gram Panchayat office in his village in Konkan. He has to go to Mumbai regularly on official trips. He lives a hand-to-mouth existence and his children go to the local school. Shridhar's wife and mother toil around the house. Once when he is supposed to go to Mumbai, his boss asks him to take his family along. His 10-year-old son Omkar (Ishaam Tambe) is quite excited and informs all his friends as he is the first child from the village to visit Mumbai, which they have seen 'only in their dreams'. 

Once in Mumbai, however, Omkar and Meera (Asmita Joglekar) realize that they cannot do anything since their father does not have the money to get them the expensive things that they see all around them. Toys, clothes, films are all unaffordable. When they pass a five-star hotel, Omkar insists on going inside and staying there. But this time, too, his father tells him that he cannot afford it. A livid Omkar asks his father angrily why he does not have sufficient money and is slapped by his mother (Ashwini Giri).

Back in the village, Shridhar asks Omkar what he can do to please his family. The boy replies that he is too young to do anything. Finally, his father asks him, "Will you stand first in your class?" "What if I do?" replies the boy, and his father promises him a stay in the same five-star hotel that he had seen in Mumbai. After that, Omkar is completely transformed. He forsakes his friends and is always immersed in his studies and books to such an extent that his father begins to worry. Both father and son try to win the bet. There are some touching but funny scenes where Shridhar pleads with God that since he doesn't have enough money to fulfill his son's wish, Omkar should get the second rank instead and stand first later when the bet is over. But Shridhar soon realizes that Omkar is hellbent on winning the bet and so, he starts collecting money to fulfill his promise.