The truth of my experience of ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’: Movie Review

Words evade my mind and my hands feel numb as I sit to write about this spell bounding experience I had while watching the adaptation of ‘Musical- Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’. With the abundance of an auteur writer Purushottam Darvekar, a great personality in the world of music- Jitendra Abhisheki and an actor and singer- Dr. Vasantrav Deshpande, the play, “Sangeet Katyar Kaljat Ghusli” was premiered in 1967. This play was showered love and support and the viewer got completely immersed in it. It had a great run from its inception till now and Subodh Bhave decided to make it into a movie.


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. The screenplay for the movie was written by Prakash Kapadia, who has been a part of many accomplished projects, Devdas, Black and Bajirao Mastani (yet to release) being some of them.

Like the story, screenplay and dialogues were not good enough, comes Subodh Bhave’s directorial debut with this film. 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 also 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. A good thing I felt about the songs was, that was no actor changed the voices for every coming song.

Subodh Bhave like always has been much of a dominating actor and an attention capturer in movies. His simplicity, retained over by his character in the movie is captivating.

Shankar Mahadevan as Panditji was a brilliant strategy which to its fullest. It is evident that the singer can act very well through his maiden performance.

Sachin Pilgaonkar as Khansaheb was equally connecting. He has outperformed in every way he could. He was mesmerizing and was a target of being hated, because of his believable, but very sophisticated act.

Mrinmayee Deshpande, Amrita Khanvilkar & Sakshi Tanwar were absolutely marvelous. Even the actors who played the characters of the King and queen, evoked the right emotions. This is a movie where every actor has given invigorating performances.


The Final Word:

It’s a disappointment, that this movie has got only four shows in Goa.  But that’s all that gets under the, negatives of this movie. I think it was the best movie of all time. You should not miss it for the world. I wish to watch it again and again and again.

From every film that I’ve watched this year, this was the best for me.

My rating 5/5.

This is the trailer, watch it if you haven’t:


18 thoughts on “The truth of my experience of ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’: Movie Review

  1. वाह वाह
    काल कट्यार काळजात घुसली हा चित्रपट बघण्यात आला . अप्रतिम असे वर्णन करावे लागेल.
    सुबोध भावे आणि टीम चे हार्दिक अभिनंदन . सर्वात सचिनजी यांचे खूप खूप अभिनंदन त्यांच्या आजपर्यंत च्या कारकिर्दीतील हा सर्वात बेस्ट रोल केला आहे.

  2. Katyar Really enters into the heart. It is really an awesome movie. Shankar Mahadevan has acted very well in his maiden performance. Subodh Bhave, we know is a very stylish actor, however he is very good Director also…About Sachinji..he has really acted his best performance of his career.

    Great experience of watching this movie. I want to see it again

  3. The film has added to the experience of ‘Katyar’, as a whole, in the best possible way. I think that the play, (at least the production starring Mahesh Kale, Rahul Deshpande et al) emphasized better on the music, while the movie was focused on character development. The film and the play are highly complementary and yet different. They have done well to change the plot slightly, as people who’ve watched the play wouldn’t find anything new had it been the same. It would have also invited comparison between who played the parts better.
    I think that anyone watching the movie needs to see the play as well, for a true immersion into this timeless phenomenon.
    The magic of the play lies in Sadashiv’s incessant efforts to get Khan Saheb to accept him as a disciple. In the movie though, Sada’s attitude towards Khan is markedly different. I won’t say how, to avoid spoiling it, but it is executed well enough by Bhave to work towards enhancing the mood and not leave us wishing for a turn towards the original plot.
    I dare say the play is superior to the movie due to its far better musical portrayal, but that the movie is a must-watch for all lovers of Indian music, and indeed Indian culture in general.

    • @shadowspinner, you’re totally right. But both of them; the play as well as the movie have their own advantages and limitations. So to speak, their influence can’t be commensurated.
      I agree that the play had a better setting and gave a different vision and indeed presented an adroit piece of music, but not so much that can alleviate the effect of the movie.

  4. Yes, it is all the above and more. Only one thing was distressing: the subtitles are in awful English – ‘seeked’ as the past tense of ‘seek’! The movie will surely be shown everywhere in the U.S. and U.K., and it will be very embarrassing. If correction is still possible, it should be done – Ashutosh Joshi

  5. The movie is Super-duper! It will be seen by millions across the world. Wish the subtitles were not in such poor English – it becomes an embarrassment! -Ashutosh Joshi

  6. Everything is GREAT about this movie – production values, acting, music, except the subtitles! These should have been proof-read and corrected for grammar and idiom. It will be an embarrassment when we take it to the U.S. and U.K. – Ashutosh Joshi

  7. I never thought I would watch a musical… I’m so glad I did.
    There are some movies on which you can give a simple comment, like “liked”,”loved” etc. But not this one.
    I cannot describe how privileged i feel after watching this movie, which is not a movie at all, but an experience.
    That feeling you get when you witness something that is so deep, rooted in history and culture, on which generations of artists have worked and dedicated their lives to, something that is an outcome of centuries of pure effort and practice… cannot be described.
    Thank you Mr. Bhave, for bringing this masterpiece to a wider audience. I am indebted to you for introducing me to this aspect of art.

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