Marathi theatre, an old classic is transferred to celluloid. Ghei
chhand makarand, ghei chhand makarand, and many such classical gems
embellish this period film. A musical drama, the conflict between two gharanas and the guru-shishya tradition gets an outing against
a backdrop of royal patronage.
gifted Pandit Bhanu Shankar Shastri is anointed the darbar’s best musician year
after year until Khansaheb from another gharana aspires to the post. Taunted by
his wife about their poverty-stricken existence, Khansaheb finally has his big
day in court when Shashtriji is unable to sing. And Khansaheb deposes him as
court musician, moving into a huge haveli
with all the trappings that come with the office. With this also comes a
dagger, a katyar, which carries the
king’s promise that one murder committed with it will be pardoned.
later, when Shashtriji’s disciple Sadashiv comes looking for his guru to
complete his training under him, the past unfolds. Jealousy and treachery had
prevailed over music and spirituality, leading to Shashtriji’s exit from the
court. The spiritually-inclined Shastriji has accepted his ignonimity as God’s
will but Khansaheb’s arrogance has grown. It rears its head again when young
Sadashiv poses a challenge to the reigning musician of the land. And the dagger
that was symbolic of killing arrogance and ego is picked up for literal use by
162 minutes, the film directed by Subodh Bhave requires great patience to sit
through. But the reward is a film studded with wonderful music.
Shankar-Ehsan-Loy and Jitendra Abhisheki share the credit for it. It’s
interesting to watch Shankar Mahadevan make his debut as actor in the lead role
of gentle Shankar Shastri but it’s versatile Sachin Pilgaonkar who essays the
many moods of Khansaheb. Sakshi Tanwar or Parvati Bhabhi as the TV audience
knows her, is a surprise as Khansaheb’s cunning wife. Director Subodh Bhave
slips easily into the role of Sadashiv.
downside is that Khansaheb and Shashtriji are too starkly
black and white for a major part of the film. On the other hand, Mozart’s life
too had a similar storyline when the stakes were so high.
a film that will delight music lovers, Katyar
Kaazhzaat Kaljat Ghusali gets a 3*
Reviewed byJournalist & Author
Bharathi S Pradhan