Director: Suboth Bhave | Year: 2015 | Language: Marathi
One and half hours drive alone to catch the 10 pm show at Q cinema. But it was worth it. My first Marathi film on the big screen. Katyar Kaljat Ghusali was a charming film based on classical music. Pandit Bhanuprasad is the court singer in the small kingdom of . The Pandit decides to launch a competition to select the court singer with himself taking part. His challenger turns out to be Abdul Hussein Khan Barellywale whom he has given shelter. But the king judges fairly and Pandit Bahanuprasad is anointed the court singer. His reward? The royal mansion and an ornate dagger which he can use to commit one murder in self-defense . Wow? Where is it all leading? Khansaheb doesn’t take his defeat well. He considers it an insult to his gharana. The daughters of the two friends Uma and Zareena are close friends. There are many twists and turns. And one huge twist installs Khansaheb as the court singer. This is after fourteen years during which Khansaheb has been challenging Panditji unsuccessfully. Uma’s childhood friend Sadashiv turns up and there are more twists. Needless to say, the dagger plays a big part in the final climax. And the music. Shankar Mahadevan with his round and expressive eyes is a convincing Panditji. Sachin Pilgaonkar is good as Khanshaeb; and since he sings and speaks in Urdu his part is what I could quite enjoy. And at the end of it one wonders, who says one cant make a film today with 16 classical songs. Even at this time of the night I was engaged from start to end without batting an eyelid.
Check out this jugalbandi from the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpQxPKLsf98