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Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (film)

Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (English: A dagger through the heart) is a 2015 Marathi film based on a play by the same name. Directed by Subodh Bhave, the film stars Sachin Pilgaonkar, Shankar Mahadevan, and Subodh Bhave in lead roles. The film marks the directorial debut for Bhave. The original play premiered in 1967 in Mumbai, where Hindustani classical vocalist Vasantrao Deshpande played one of the protagonists. In 2010, the play was relaunched with protagonists essayed by Rahul Deshpande, grandson of Vasantrao Deshpande and singer Mahesh Kale. The film's music is composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, and retained some of the songs from the original play composed by Jitendra Abhisheki.

Katyar Kaljat Ghusali
Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (film).jpg
Katyar Kaljat Ghusali poster
Directed by Subodh Bhave
Produced by Nitin Keni
Nikhil Sane
Sunil Phadtare
Screenplay by Prakash Kapadia
Story by Purushottam Darvhekar
Based on Katyar Kaljat Ghusli (play)
Starring Sachin Pilgaonkar
Shankar Mahadevan
Subodh Bhave
Music by Jitendra Abhisheki (Original play)
Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Cinematography Sudhir Palsane
Production
company
Essel Vision Productions
Ganesh Films
Nittin Keni Creations
Distributed by Zee Studios
Shree Ganesh Marketing & Films
Release date
  • 12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
Running time
162 minutes
Country India
Language
  • Marathi
  • Urdu
Box office est. 40 crore (US$5.8 million) [1]

The film is selected as one of the 26 films to be screened in Goa at 46th International Film Festival of India.[2] The movie is also being considered for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's (UNESCO) Fellini medal.[3]

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PlotEdit

Set during the British Raj era, Pandit Bhanu Shankar Shastri (Shankar Mahadevan) is an Indian classical singer living in the princely state of Vishrampur with his daughter Uma (Mrunmayee Deshpande). During one of his shows at Miraj, Shastri meets another classical singer Khansaheb Aftab Hussain Bareliwale (Sachin Pilgaonkar) and requests him to visit Vishrampur. On Dussehra festival, the Maharaja of the state arranges an annual singing competition with the winner to be given the status of royal singer, Haveli (Mansion), and a "Katyar" (dagger). The Maharaja proclaims that the state would pardon one murder if committed by the royal singer with this dagger in self-defense. Shastri is challenged by Khansaheb but wins the competition.

Unable to defeat Shastri for fourteen consecutive years, Khansaheb is often humiliated by his wife Nabila (Sakshi Tanwar) and villagers. He survives an unsuccessful suicide attempt but confronts his hatred towards Shastri. In the following annual competition, Shastri leaves the stage without singing thus making Khansaheb the winner and the royal singer. Khansaheb moves to the haveli with his daughter Zareena (Amruta Khanvilkar) and Shastri leaves the village without informing anyone.

One of Shastri's pupils, Sadashiv (Subodh Bhave), arrives at the haveli to learn music but is disappointed with Shastri's disappearance. Sadashiv meets Khansaheb who, on listening Sadashiv's Shastri-like singing, throws him out of the haveli. Sadashiv, with the help of Zareena, locates Uma and learns the truth about Shastri's renunciation of music and Nabila's attempt to poison Shastri to enable Khansaheb win the competition. Sadashiv attempts to murder Khansaheb but Zarena dissuades him and requests him to challenge Khansaheb in the annual competition. Sadashiv then starts learning music from Uma through Shastri's book and Gramophone records. Later, Sadashiv and Uma locate Shastri in another village and bring him home. Shastri asks Sadashiv to learn from Khansaheb, but knowing Sadashiv's Shastri-like singing style, Khansaheb rejects him as a pupil. Sadashiv then starts learning from Khansaheb in disguise, but gets caught. Sadashiv, when challenged by Khansaheb to out-do him, loses and becomes Khansaheb's slave. As Khansaheb's slave, he cannot sing without Khansaheb's permission. Zareena sees the unfairness in this arrangement and blackmails Khansaab into returning Sadashiv's voice by threatening to expose him in the court. Khansaheb thus releases Sadashiv from his services.

In the following annual competition, Sadashiv challenges Khansaheb. In Jugalbandi (duet), Khansaheb notices that Sadashiv has learnt his singing style, he accuses Sadashiv of stealing his music. He also requests the Maharaja to let him use the dagger in self-defense as he thinks Sadashiv is a threat to his music. The Maharaja agrees but Sadashiv asks for a final performance. He also requests Khansaheb to accept him as a pupil if Khansaheb likes his singing. Sadashiv performs with Shastri's and Khansaheb's singing style. Khansaheb forgives Sadashiv but declines to accept him as a pupil as he thinks he has put himself down with all his earlier deeds with Sadashiv.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

 
Shankar Mahadevan, who made his acting debut in the film

The film is based on a play by the same name, released in 1967. The original play had Hindustani classical singer Vasantrao Deshpande playing the role of Khansaheb.[4] The play was revived in 2010 and the protagonists were played by Mahesh Kale as Sadashiv and Rahul Deshpande as Khansaheb.[5] A classical singer Rahul Deshpande is a grandson of Vasantrao Deshpande. The actor Subodh Bhave was associated with the revived play and decided to make the film representation. Bhave also played the small role of Banke Bihari, the royal poet in the play.[6]

Bhave approached trio Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy to compose the music for the film. He also requested Shankar Mahadevan play the role of Pandit Bhanu Shankar Shastri, to which singer–composer agreed.[7] Mahadevan acted, sung, and composed for the film.[8] The film marks acting debut for Mahadevan and directorial debut for Bhave.[9][10] The film has retained some of the songs from the play, composed by Jitendra Abhisheki.[11] Sachin Pilgaonkar was approached to play the role of Khansaheb. Despite being a Marathi language film, all of Pilgaonkar's dialogue are in Urdu.[12] Other actors include Amruta Khanvilkar as Zarina,[13] Mrunmayee Deshpande as Uma Swapnil Rajshekhar as Maharaja of Vishrampur, King Vishnuraj and Sakshi Tanwar as Nabila (KhanSaheb's wife).[14] Vikram Gaikwad has worked as a make-up artist for the film.[12] Prakash Kapadia who had written the screenplay for Bollywood films like Devdas (2002), Black (2005), and Saawariya (2007) has written the screenplay for the film and this is his first association with Marathi cinema.[15]

The film had a budget of about 8 crore (US$1.2 million), which included production as well as marketing costs.[16]

SoundtrackEdit

The film uses various songs from the original play, where the music has been recreated by the musician trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Some new songs have also been created to feature in the film. The song "Dil Ki Tapish" is based on the Keeravani raga.[17]

No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Yaar Illahi - Qawwali"Sameer SamantShankar–Ehsaan–LoyArshad Muhammad, Divya Kumar, Arijit Singh and Chorus6:00
2."Sur Niragas Ho"Mangesh KanganeShankar–Ehsaan–LoyShankar Mahadevan, Anandi Joshi and Chorus5:39
3."Dil Ki Tapish"Sameer SamantShankar–Ehsaan–LoyRahul Deshpande, Ankita Joshi2:36
4."Aruni Kirani"Sameer SamantShankar–Ehsaan–LoyMahesh Kale3:59
5."Bhola Bhandari"Mangesh KanganeShankar–Ehsaan–LoyArijit Singh, Shivam Mahadevan and Chorus3:30
6."Din Gele "Purushottam DarvhekarJitendra AbhishekiShankar Mahadevan1:06
7."Ghei Chhand Makarand I"Purushottam DarvhekarJitendra AbhishekiShankar Mahadevan3:20
8."Ghei Chhand Makarand II "Purushottam DarvhekarJitendra AbhishekiRahul Deshpande2:54
9."Katyar Kaljat Ghusali Theme Song" – Shankar–Ehsaan–LoyInstrumental3:09
10."Lagi Karejwa Katar "Purushottam DarvhekarJitendra AbhishekiJitendra Abhisheki4:31
11."Man Mandira I"Mandar CholkarShankar–Ehsaan–LoyShankar Mahadevan4:39
12."Man Mandira II"Mandar CholkarShankar–Ehsaan–LoyShivam Mahadevan2:42
13."Muralidhar Shyam "Purushottam DarvhekarJitendra AbhishekiShankar Mahadevan0:43
14."Sur Se Saji"Prakash Kapadia, Sameer SamantShankar–Ehsaan–LoyRahul Deshpande2:45
15."Surat Piya Ki "Purushottam DarvhekarJitendra AbhishekiRahul Deshpande, Mahesh Kale3:16
16."Tarana" – Shankar–Ehsaan–LoyMahesh Kale, Savani Shende and Chorus1:32
17."Tejonidhi Lohagol "Purushottam DarvhekarJitendra AbhishekiShankar Mahadevan4:22
Total length:56:43

  – Music recreated by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy

Release and receptionEdit

The film was released in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Goa, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh, and internationally in cities including San Francisco, Dallas, and New Jersey, on 12 November, as well as Orlando on 13 December. The film had English subtitles, and was shown on 220 screens showing 3,500 shows. After continued positive responses in the 2nd week, the number of screenings was increased to 300, showing 3,900 shows across India. The film is distributed by Essel Vision.[16][18] The film was released in Dubai as a special screening on 18 December 2015 and received tremendous response from UAE public.It also became the first ever Marathi movie to release in Bahrain, Australia and Japan as a special screening on 8 January 2016, 31 January 2016 and 5 March 2016 and received very good response from the viewers. Film was screened in Australia in all the major cities including Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. It was screened in Japan at Aeon Cinema in the Tokyo suburb of Myoden.[19]

ABP Majha gave 4 out of 5 stars and declared the film "a rich masterpiece".[20] Pune Mirror gave 4 out of 5 stars and calling it "a well-packaged and culturally significant entertainment for the new generation".[21] The Maharashtra Times rated it 4 out of 5.[22] The Times of India gave 4 out of 5 stars.[23]

The film collected over 8 crore (US$1.2 million) in the first week of its release.[16][18]

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ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Indian Panorama selection of Feature & Non-Feature Films for 46th International Film Festival of India, 2015" (PDF) (Press release). International Film Festival of India. p. 2. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
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  14. ^ "'कट्यार काळजात घुसली' चित्रपटाच्या शिरपेचात मानाचा तुरा" [A feather in the cap for "Katyar Kaljat Ghusali"]. Loksatta (in Marathi). The Indian Express. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  15. ^ Bhanage, Mihir (26 January 2014). "After Black and Saawariya, Prakash Kapadia writes screenplay for a Marathi film". The Times of India. Mumbai. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c "प्रत्येकी सात कोटींचा गल्ला." [Seven crore each]. Loksatta (in Marathi). 21 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
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  21. ^ Matkari, Ganesh (14 November 2015). "Film Reviews: A melodious treat". Pune Mirror. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
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  24. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 

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