Katyar Kaljat Ghusli


There are movies and then there are masterpieces. Movies comprise actors.. masterpieces comprise the characters portrayed with perfection. The masterpiece is an experience where the central character is music, that too classical music. Moreover, it has many firsts. Shankar Mahadevan’s acting debut, Subodh Bhave’s directorial debut, Sakshi Tanvar’s Marathi film debut and Sachin Pilgaonkar playing a classical singer for the first time! The 4 ‘S’ weave’ an experience of a lifetime, that is well peppered with drama, music, cinematography and dialogues.

Most people who are accustomed to watching Marathi plays or live in a very religious/musical ambience, must have heard the virtuoso of Abhisheki buva crooning to classical music. The emotions it brings out, are, to be honest, unexplainable. After listening to his songs, I know the power of music. It is that blessing endowed to humans, which puts our life into transition. It has been already said by somebody that many good scripts come and go every day, but an invincible, sensible and thought provoking script is a rare one. It would have indeed been the case when Purushottam Darvekar wrote this story.

I knew the film was going to be awesome, but it was Subodh Bhave who with his extreme efforts and knack for filmmaking has taken the movie so high. I do not see any film coming near it and overtaking the prestigious place that it has engraved on my heart. A little something from the movie still lingers even now and it has been through sheer efforts of this whole team.

The film includes seventeen songs, each filled with the aura of classical music. I cannot help but think about how the composers (Abhisheki buva & Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) composed this musical elixir. Music is the hero- perfect renditions by singers: Rahul Deshpande, Mahesh Kale and of course Shankar. A good thing I felt about the songs was, that was no actor changed the voices for every coming song. The music here truly transcends the boundaries of language and culture and you don’t need to understand Marathi to appreciate this movie.

The story revolves around the ego and ambitions of Khansaheb (Sachin) to become the king’s musician and is narrated in the form of a feud of 2 schools (gharanas) of music represented by him and Pandit Bhanu Shankar Shastri (Shankar Mahadevan). It has all the elements of entertainment- deceit, greed, revenge and politics on one side while determination, love, devotion and righteousness on the other.

Amruta Khanvilkar, Mrunmayee Deshpande and Pushkar Shrotri dazzle in their supporting roles. Shankar is a treat to watch in his debut, well supported by his classical rendition of the evergreen natyasangeet- Ghei Chand Makarand. He is a true exemplary human being as the Pandit- Gracious in defeat and Generous in victory. Sachin uses every acting muscle that he has perfected in the last 50 years of his career to make you despise his character of Khansaheb. Subodh Bhave as Sadashiv makes a late entry but revives the movie with a spellbinding performance.

Overall the movie definitely does ‘pierce the heart’ with its performances. Reiterating a dialogue by Panditji- The throat is strategically situated at the center point of the brain and the heart because the musician is supposed to use both. As audience, we too appreciate this movie with both!

Listen to the songs on following link:

Part 1: https://youtu.be/ViUQPQPqpTY

Part 2: https://youtu.be/jfMafCOaH5k

Follow the below YouTube Link for Movie Trailer:

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