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5 Reasons We Loved Katyar Kaljat Ghusli | Film Review


Music has no boundaries, be it religion or nation. Katyar Kaljat Ghusli puts this message across in a wonderful way. The film, based on a very popular 1960's musical by the same name and written by Purushottam Darvhekar, hit the screens last week. While the main plot of the film revolves around the rise and a fall of an artist due to ego, it also hints that art is immortal and cannot be controlled or ruled by anyone. Every artist has the freedom to express himself, and Katyar... conveys this message, thus making it an important film of our times! After earning accolades from the audience, the film has now been nominated for the prestigious UNESCO's Fellini award, and we wish the team all the luck for their journey ahead. We saw the film last week (wish we could also witness the original play live, as well) and have got 5 reasons that make Katyar Kaljat Ghusli a must watch for one and all.


☻ What do we say about the extremely talented veteran actor, Sachin? As Khan Saaheb, he delivers an award worthy performance! He perfects the roller coaster ride of emotions that Khan Saaheb goes through, rather effortlessly. And, it's a treat to watch him mouth those Urdu lines and get into the skin of his character with ease. Don't think any other actor could have done justice to this important character, as brilliantly as Sachin did. Hats off!

☻ Personally, I have always been appreciative of  Subodh Bhave's work (his portrayal of Balgandharva being my one of my most favourites till date). His dedication in presenting the perfect film adaptation of Katyar... is no different. Bhave has done perfect justice to the two roles, that of an actor and director of this film. With a flawless treatment, Katyar... looks nothing like Bhave's directorial debut. In fact, it almost makes him look like a seasoned director. Also, it's a delight to watch him act. There are moments in the film (especially the jugalbandi) where you end up believing that it is Bhave and not a singer, who is crooning behind the mic. Truly, an actor class apart.

☻ Great to see one of the most soulful singers, Shankar Mahadevan, make his acting debut with a subtle yet impressive performance. As Panditji, Mahadevan emotes beautifully. While he puts up a perfect act, he does an equally great job (or perhaps) of singing some really fine songs. Sur Niragas Ho being  a favourite, which sounds heavenly enough for the gods to come down and bless the singer.

☻ The ensemble cast, mainly comprising of Amruta Khanvilkar, Pushkar Shotri, Mrunmayee, Sakshi Tanwar among others also do a good job. The casting of this film was perfect. Brownie points to Subodh Bhave for being firm on his choices and extracting the best of each actor's potential for their respective characters. From the technical team, a special word for designer Nachiket Barve's research on the bygone era, as his outfits create magic on the big screen. The sets are enough to transport an audience member back to the golden era of music. The screenplay, dialogues and editing were all bang on. Despite 2 hour+ length of the film, not a single audience member was seen getting up from their seats or checking their mobile phones.

☻ Apart from the cast, another hero of this film is the music. The album has 17 tracks, composed by Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki and Shankar - Ehsaan - Loy. Since the film is a musical, songs play a crucial and each of them do perfect justice to the setting and flow of the film. Rahul Deshpande as the voice of Khan Saheb is splendid (incidentally, he also essayed the role of Khan Saheb in a newer version of the play) and creates magic with his phenomenal voice. Mahadevan sings his own tracks. Bhave's Sadashiv is voiced by multiple singers, ranging from Arijit Singh, Divya Kumar to Rahul Deshpande. You may end up falling in love with the music all the more, especially after watching the film. Our favourites? Tough to choose, but Dil ki Tapish and Ghei Chhand are absolutely divine. 


Final Verdict: Very few films have the power to leave you speechless! Katyar Kaljat Ghusli will do that to you and more. If you are looking for a visual definition of a cinematic treat, this is it. The film creates a strong impact with its impressive cast, performances, delightful music and an incredible presentation. 100-200 crore club films may come and go, but films like Katyar Kaljat Ghusli stay in your heart forever! Do yourself a favour & watch it.


Have you watched Katyar Kaljat Ghusli? If yes, tweet your feedback to us at @priyaadivarekar on Twitter!

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Priya Adivarekar

Priya Adivarekar - Founder and Creative Director at Diary of a Dancebee. She is also a renowned Voice Actress and award winning artiste, with serious passion for dance. When not working round the clock, she can be seen reading, enjoying a movie-binge or listening to music.
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