Banner: Great Maratha Entertainment L.L.P. Producer: Aniruddha Deshpande, Medha Manjrekar Director: Mahesh Manjrekar Story: Based on real story for Usha Datar, re-written by Girish Joshi Screenplay:Girish Joshi Cinematographer: Ajit Reddy, Abhishekh Vijaykar Cast:Sachin Khedekar, Priya Bapat, Sanjay Khapare,
Manva Naik, Medha Manjrekar, Savita Malpekar, Vaibhav Mangle, Ketki Mategaonkar, Saksham Kulkarni, Kishor Raorane, Gauri Ingawale, Saiee Manjrekar
'Kaksparsha' presents a realistic tale
latest Marathi film 'Kakasparsha' takes you into
pre independence era, to narrate the tale of Haridada (Sachin Khedekar) and his
family living in a village in Konkan, Maharashtra. Those were the days, when
girls used to get married even before attaining puberty. Haridada gets his
younger brother Mahadeo (Abhijit Kelkar) married to one such girl Durga (Ketaki Mategaonkar) approved by his associate Balwant (Sanjay Khapre) who is also close
to girl's family.
Durga turns Uma after marriage, on entering the disciplined house of Haridada,
whom she respects a lot, besides liking him for his behavior and personality.
When Mahadeo passes away at young age, while studying his law; the
responsibility of Uma lies on the shoulders of Haridada and his family. Uma
mixes up well with Haridada's wife and children of Haridada and takes care of
them, as she grows up with them.
As per the rituals in Brahmin family, Uma is supposed to shave off her head;
after her husband's death; but Haridada opposes to the demand of the Priests
from village headed by Upadhyay (Vaibhav Mangale). When Haridada's wife passes
away, everybody expects him to marry Uma ( Priya Bapat, who plays the grown up
Uma) and Uma too is willing for the same. But, Haridada refuses to do so; as he
is committed to his promise given to soul of the departed, during the rituals
observed on the 10th day after Mahadeo's death.
A time comes when Haridada stops talking to Uma and that hurts her. She stops
eating. Everybody including Haridada's elder sister, Haridada's married children
and younger sister all fail to persuade her. Finally, Haridada confesses the
truth to Uma, stating as to why he kept himself away from her, though over
protected her. He even agrees to marry her, breaking all his promises, only with
the hope that she would give up her fast. But, the director tries to be
realistic and ends the film, the way he wished to respect the original script of
Usha Datar on the screenplay of Girish Joshi.
Shot on the backdrop of Konkan, Mahesh Manjrekar has perfectly selected the
locations, including the traditional ancestral house, to create the atmosphere
of the pre- independence era. Very cleverly, he has inserted the character of
Balwant, who is also shown as a freedom fighter. The character of Upadhyay
played by Vaibhav Mangale clearly suggests the dominance of orthodox Brahmins
From beginning till the end, the film sticks to its subject, without any
diversions and that makes the presentation more realistic. 'Kakasparsha' is the
film for sensible film viewers. Fine performances from
Sachin Khedekar, Sanjay
Khapre, Ketaki Mategaonkar,
Saksham Kulkarni and others, makes it more impressive. Music and background music have
been handled well and so is the wonderful cinematography capturing all those
Actor Sachin Khedkar deserves all the praise for his memorable performance
through that lifetime role of Haridada. He gets a good support from all other
artistes. Prominent among them are Sanjay Khapre and Vaibhav Mangle who have
invited special attention.