Ani Doctor Kashinath Ghanekar Marathi Movie Review


Finally, the much awaited biopic on Marathi theatre’s so called first and last Superstar Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar has been released on the auspicious day of Diwali. And, the film has received an overwhelming response, with a full house shows at almost all the theatres on the first day. Thanks to versatile actor Subodh Bhave, who has put his heart & soul, while portraying the central character of Late Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar.

Written and directed by Abhijeet Shirish Deshpande , the film has very skillfully presented this biopic paying more attention on the real happenings in the life of the Superstar . What makes this film stand apart from the other biopics on legends is that, it has paid more attention not only on the personality traits of the central character, but also his weaknesses, which saw his downfall and end, due to his involvement in excessive smoking, drinking, besides his Extramarital affairs . And, this gives a very realistic look to this biopic. At the end of the film, the audience leave the cinema halls praising lead actor Subodh Bhave for paying sincere tributes to Late Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar.
The rivalry between Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar and Dr. Shreeram Lagoo has been clearly shown through many scenes, when they come face to face on few occasions. Sumeet Raghavan who has portrayed the role of Dr. Shreeram Lagoo, has also done justice to his role. However, Prasad Oak, who plays the role of Late Prabhakar Panshikar who always stood by his friend, has proved that he has the potential to play such challenging roles. Nandita Dhuri who plays his first wife Dr. Irawati , Sonali Kulkarni who plays Sulochana Didi, Mohan Joshi in the role of Bhalji Pendharkar and Anand Ingale who plays the role of playwright Vasant Kanetkar have also proved their mettle in many conflicting scenes with Subodh . But, young Vaidehi Parshurami steals the show, while portraying an equally important character of Kanchan, whom Dr. Kashinath married later.

The director has shown his creativity in the screenplay through many important scenes. The film exposes many hidden facts from the Marathi stage especially during 60s and 70s. While showing the rise of Dr. Kashinath’s rival Dr. Shreeram Lagoo with a picturisation of a song on Sumeet Raghavan & Amruta Khanvilkar from his old hit film ‘Pinjra’, he has simultaneously shown the ex marital affair of Dr. Kashinath with young Kanchan who is not only his great fan but madly in love with him. Dr. Kashinath’s interaction with Sulochanadidi after the later comes to know about her daughter’s affair with him and also his father (played by Pradeep Velankar) and finally the climax scene, display the real emotions of the respective characters.
The other plus points of this film are perfect make up by Vikram Gaikwad, well written dialogues by director along with Guru Thakur, suitable costumes by Nachiket Barve, superb cinematography by Sudhir Palsane and wonderful art direction by Santosh Phutane. Certainly a worth watch film. Don’t miss it.

  • By Ulhas Shirke

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