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Kaksparsh (Marathi Movie) Review

Direction: Mahesh Vaman Manjrekar

Production: Great Maratha Entertainment

Writer: Girish Joshi (Screenplay and Dialogues), Usha Datar (Story)

Cast: Sachin Khedekar, Priya Bapat, Ketaki Mategaonkar

Music: Rahul Ranade, Ajit-Sameer

Rating: * * * ½

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Plot: Based on a story by Usha Datar, Kaksparsh, set in the pre-independence era in Konkan, Maharashtra, revolves around Haridada (Sachin Khedekar), who is the head of the Damle family. Haridada gets his younger brother Mahadev (Abhijit Kelkar) married to the adolescent Durga, who is later named Uma (Ketaki Mategaonkar). However, the happiness of the Damle family is short-lived as Mahadev passes away due to illness on the night his marriage was to be solemnized.

Being a widow, Uma now has to live life full of atrocities. But Haridada comes to her rescue. His affection and care towards Uma raises a lot of questions.

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Review: It is believed that love is the greatest feeling on earth. And what goes hand-in-hand with love is loyalty. It is this loyalty that compels you to sacrifice everything, including your life, for the one you love. Director Mahesh Vaman Manjrekar presents this fact in his latest offering Kaksparsh, a film that leaves an impact long time after you leave the cinema hall. But one has to mention that the film caters more to the lovers of serious, hard-hitting cinema.

The makers succeed in the difficult task of taking the viewer back to the 1930-50s era right at the onset. For this, the art director’s sincere efforts need to be appreciated for creating the bygone era with realism. Ajit Reddy’s artistic camerawork too deserves equal applause. Rahul Ranade and Ajit-Sameer’s compositions and the background score (which are apt for the subject) add further realism. But these things wouldn’t have created much impact without a creatively written script (Girish Joshi).

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Slowly but surely you get involved in the tale and subsequently start relating with the characters; their joys and sorrows. The writer does well in not extending the death and post-death scenes which would have also increased the length of the film. Extinguishing a lighted diva (lamp) as a symbolism for death was impressive. The writer and the director also leave a mark in the all important issue of widow’s rights and Sachin Khedekar’s stand on it.

The idea of narrating the tale in the form of a flashback in the second half works very well for it makes the audience curious in knowing the final outcome. The pace does drop in the latter part of the second half. This is where the patience of the entertainment-hungry audience will be tested.

But the moving and thought-provoking climax, which follows, sums up a well-made product. This was largely possible because of Khedekar’s terrific act in the finale that touches you. It is the performance of this veteran star that is the backbone of Kaksparsh as he gets into the skin of Haridada and pours plenty of life in it. This one is easily one of his best acts.

After her impressive act in Shala, Ketaki Mategaonkar continues her good work by portraying a difficult character. Priya Bapat, who plays the elder Uma, too gives a terrific performance. The scenes where she depicts pain and tragedy prove her talent. Savita Malpekar easily essays a character which would have challenged any talented actor. Vaibhav Mangle excels in a negative role and so does Sanjay Khapare as Haridada’s friend. Fine acts are also provided by Medha Manjrekar and Abhijit Kelkar.

Overall, Kaksparsh is a moving saga which will surely interest the thinking audience. Due to the positive opening it has received, it will turn out to be a winner at the box-office.

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  1. ketaki Mategaonkar rocks

  2. Aaj “kaksparsh” ha marathi movie baghitala,?ji story imagin karu shakat naî ti story satyat utaravauliy,pra tyek marathi manasane baghavi ashi
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    • Dhanyawaad Aniket. Tumchya blog var tumcha parikshan vaachla. Chaangla lihala aahe tumhi. Just a suggestion – jar Marathi font vaaparle tar jaasta changla disel.

      Cheers :)

  3. aaj kaksprsh chi stroy aaikali mazya dada chya tondun to gelela baghayla movie kaksparsh…………. aaikun angavar kata ubha rahila……….. thnks

  4. The movie is great….as per my mother who saw it
    but I couldn’t see the movie just because my vocabulary in Marathi is weak
    It would be great if the movie is dubbed in Hindi or English so that the young generation too can get exposed to social problems enlightened in movies like this!!!

    • Just go and watch this movie, i promise you will understand each and every bit of the movie. Cant miss such an excellent movie with a brilliant csat and crew.!!!

  5. its a wonderful movie i did enjoy the movie as well we understand that we are quite lucky as girls today to an extend………. prateyk marathi mansane baghavi ashi kalakruti ahe ani fakta marathich ka pun saglyani thank you ani dhanyavaad

  6. must watch

  7. 5 on 5. Great movie. A little awkward to watch with parents while a group of boys are making unrefined comments in the theater during the intimate scenes. But not very uncomfortable. Loved the konkan-pre independence setup. Kudos to one and all from the team. Trust me, after coming out from the theater whenever i saw a crow, all i could remember was KAKSPARSH :)

    • That’s a nice way of describing :)

    • Hi Monica,

      Sincere apologies for our unrefined comments amidst of watching the movie that day at Mangala 7.30 pm show..

      Comments never actually were meant to create awkwardness..but to kill the awkward silence.

      Although, Kaksparsh did score well in terms of impressive acting, era capture, direction, attention to details and an awe inspiring end. :-)

  8. KAKSPARSH a wonderful film of Mr. Mahesh Manjarekar as a film Director. This film has certainly raised Mr. Mahesh Manjrekar’s image high enough in Marathi cinema world. His association with Marathi thoughtful films like SHALA , KAKSPARSH and many other’s to come in future shall certainly bring Glourious days to Marathi Cinema.

    Sachin Khedekar has excelled in KAKSPARSH , his performance is just superb and touching. This is a story of a family which unfolds in Pre independence era in Kokan depicting the miseries and hardship of life an young widow has to put with cooly abiding the customs of the society. The greenary of KOKAN,the people their culture & customs and the sacifices made by the family Head and his youger brothr’s widow for the unexplainable affection they develop, makes the film just great . A marvalous story, a must watch movie.

    S.A.SURYAWANSHI

  9. KAKSPARSH a wonderful film of Mr. Mahesh Manjarekar as a film Director. This film has certainly raised Mr. Mahesh Manjrekar’s image high enough in Marathi cinema world. His association with Marathi thoughtful films like SHALA , KAKSPARSH and many other’s to come in future shall certainly bring Glourious days to Marathi Cinema.

    Sachin Khedekar has excelled in KAKSPARSH , his performance is just superb and touching. This is a story of a family which unfolds in Pre independence era in Kokan depicting the miseries and hardship of life an young widow has to put with cooly abiding the customs of the society. The greenary of KOKAN,the people their culture & customs and the sacifices made by the family Head and his youger brothr’s widow for the unexplainable affection they develop, makes the film just great . A marvalous story, a must watch movie.

    S.A.SURYAWANSHI

  10. very beutyfull dirctrion graet movie thanks to the mahesh & all team lage raho mahesh bhai

  11. khup divsani kahi khup chhan pahayala milal je manala kuthe tari sparsh karun gel saglya kalakarana ani digdarshak tasech lekhakala dhanyvad

  12. Kal kaksparsha pahila ajunhi tyatun bhaher padata yet nahi aahe. kharach khupach chan moive aahe. dolyatun pani yetay.

  13. nice movies kaksprsh

  14. Must must watch movie… Specially after interval its just mind blowing.

  15. Sachin Khedekar & Ketaki Mategaonkar doghana maza salaam. Sachin’s work i have seen earlier but Ketaki ur r brilliant.

  16. Khup chan movie ahe.Movie baghtana khup pani ale.Thanks to Mahesh Manjrekar

    • I am just awe struck after watching the movie.. The movie has ended around 3 hours back but I am still lost in the impact it has created on me..mahesh manjrekar has today earned a lot of my respect..pls continue the good work… Thanks ……

  17. honestly jealous, how M M is directing such a wonderful movies since few years,

  18. Khup chaan cinema ahe

  19. Movies asayala pahijet tar ase. kharach abhiman watato marathicha ashi story baghun.

  20. ???????? ????? ?????????? ????? ????? ??? ????? ?????. !!! HATS OFF TO ???? ????????

  21. mala movie khup khup khupach awadli heroine ne (Uma) ne khup sunder acting keleli ahe, Sachin khedekarani pan khup sunder acting keli ahe, awosummmm movie mi hi movie kadhi nahi visarnar

  22. all awards to mr sachin khedekar this year, national award for best actor must be sure ,

    played so strong character , i cant imagine any body else on that character ,

    sachin khedekar & mahesh manjrekar formula works again ,

    from now onwards our exception is high from you , we definitely watch your next movie…..

  23. Kharach aprateem cinema…. I loved the scene jithe Sachin aapla prem vyakt kartat.. Manala bhidla to kshan.. Ani ha cinema..

  24. kalach kaksparsh baghitla. end la jevha haridada umacha hath dhartat ani mahadevacha vachan modtat, tevha mala ekdum hundakach ala. purna film madhe te 3 shots ekdum hrudaysparshi ahet- uma chorun aikat aste, uma vihirivar astana ticha nande sobatcha sanvad ani last.

  25. Great review indeed…!!

  26. i saw 2 times ….still i want to be see once again… Fillm shows us “Love is Infinity”….superb!!

  27. Kaksparsha ….khupach chhan movie aahe… sarvani avashya baghavi… hridayala chataka lavanari shokantika…. gelya 4-5 varshat aalelya chitrapatani marathi cinemacha darja farach unchivar neun thevalay… gr8 movie by Mahesh manjarekar

  28. kaksparsha yandache national film award patkavanar

  29. Kaksparsh is awesome… ya movie madhye je vatavaran nirmiti keli aahe tyas kharach tod nahi…Je songs mhatale aahet te itke silent aani mast aahet ki tya kala madhye gelyasarkhe vatate. Vatavaran ase kahi nirman kele aahe ki kharokhar aapan tya jamanyamadhye asalyasarkhe vatate,,,
    Every actor contributed 100% that makes the movie most touchable to all…

    Definitely ha movie National Award nenar… Marathi rocks after Deul and Kaksparsh

  30. Kaksparsh movie is awesome… all the character were played a finest role in the movie, so its a heart touching movie.. really. And I would like to say. adhun madhun ashi movies nighalit tar aapli sanskruti kadhich sampustat yenar nahi… Thanks for giving us such a nice movie…

  31. When I was watching the ‘KAKSPARSH’ ,this was not a film but I feels that, its happened just few days before. This is a 24 Carat gold.

  32. I saw this film on TV last night, it kept me awake the whole night. A sensitive subject so beautifully handled, made me think about the years gone by and the suffering of the people. What was worse was that all this suffering was due to societal pressures and not biological at all. That we allowed people to suffer thus is a shame. I am glad that we have come out of most of these problems.
    Kudos to the producer/director and the actors for giving us this beautiful film. If any film deserves the highest national award, it is this film.

    • Very well expressed Ravi. It does feel bad thinking what our society, especially women, went through during those times. We have come out but still a large section of our society follows such cruel practices. Let’s hope better sense prevails.

      Regards :)

  33. this is called a movie……………..great marathi sensation………….

  34. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your
    efforts and I will be waiting for your next post thanks once again.


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