Movie Review: Kaashi-In Search Of Ganga
Producers- Shrawan Kumar Agarwal, Dhiraj Kumar, Manish Kishore and Vineet Singh
Star Cast-Sharman Joshi, Aishwarya Devan, Govind Namdeo, Manoj Pahwa, Manoj Joshi, Akhilendra Mishra
Rating- Theatrical and Bland!
Devina (Aishwarya Devan) a newspaper journalist from Lucknow falls in love with Kashi (Sharman Joshi), a low caste corpse burning dom from Banaras, but things go awry when Kashi’s sister Ganga ( the relevance of the title) goes missing. While the two begin her quest, they realize that there’s more to this story than meets the eye. How the loving elder brother leaves no stones unturned to find his lost sister forms the crux of the tale.
The script defies logic or even an ounce of probability so it’s amusing to have a court room second half, that’s worse than the beginning, ends up as unintentional comedy. To put it in a nut shell, the goings on are outrageously bizarre and far-fetched. While Sharman Joshi and Manoj Joshi try to infuse some meaning to this inane story of deceit, crime and imagination, Aishwarya Devan is quite impressive. Govind Namdeo as Balwant Pandey, the influential businessman- cum-politician is bland and stereotyped. So is Manoj Pahwa as the Judge, presiding his case in the court.
Though the film does start on a note of promise, it starts meandering as the bland plot often bordering on pathological disorder plods on insufferably oscillating between logic and nonsense. The script is not well-chiseled and the tale though intriguing, appears to be ridiculous and convolutedly mounted with predictable scenes, for most of its length. The dialogues are theatrical.
The Varanasi locations are beautifully captured, but sadly the cinematography indoors is not up to the mark. To sum up, Kaashi is a stereo-typed movie that really tests your patience level, thanks to its bland and boring theatre kind of execution.
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