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Posted on 27 January, 2016 at 2:40


CAST: Sachin Pilgaonkar, Shankar Mahadevan, Subodh Bhave, Amruta Khanvilkar, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Sakshi Tanwar

DIRECTION: Subodh Bhave

GENRE: Drama

DURATION: 2 hours 42 minutes


Films and Film Festivals rating for this master piece is 5/5

Bhave's debut directorial is no doubt a rare Master Piece. Most original creative, with outstanding visualization, camera work, sets, casting, direction, screenplay, and music, delivering memorable performances, opulent art and costumes and of course, mesmerising music.

Conversion of Purshottam Darvhekar's 'Katyar Kaljat Ghusli'. 'Katyar play into a film it self is considered to be a milestone in Marathi theatre and even when it was revived by Subodh Bhave in the recent past, the play drew audiences in large numbers. As a play, it excels in everything; portrayals, story and yes, the music. As a film, it is equally mesmerizing and stunning .

The original play had Pt Jitendra Abhisheki and Vasantrao Deshpande, two stalwarts, playing Panditji and Khan Sahab. The film has two other stalwarts, Shankar Mahadevan and Sachin Pilgaonkar. Their portrayals are so beautiful that you truly feel for Panditji and despise Khan Sahab. Shankar Mahadevan underplays the role so well that one wouldn't believe it to be his acting debut. Sachin gives the performance of a lifetime, getting all the nuances of his character right. A strong supporting cast including Amruta Khanvilkar as Zareena, Mrunmayee Deshpande as Uma, Subodh Bhave as Sadashiv, Pushkar Shrotri as Kaviraj and Sakshi Tanwar as Nabila, performs equally well.

Over the years , we have lost the sensibility of music which has been replaced by a senseless mix of East West south and North giving a music lover nothing but stings of unbearable pain. But there comes the reality of Katyar Kaljat Ghusli bring the most wonderful treasure of music and a seamlessly woven story of generosity, deceit and realisation.

I watched the film yesterday but the the visual delight and the music so rich has refused to leave my heart and soul.

Thank you Subodh Bhave, Shankar-Ehsan-Loy and the entire crew and cast of the film for bring an outstanding marvel into the Cinema of today.


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