Marathi Film     Drama,     26 Aug 2016

Kanha Movie Review (Marathi) | Vaibbhav Tatwawdi, Gashmeer Mahajani | Avadhoot Gupte


Vaibbhav Tatwawdi as Malhar

Gashmeer Mahajani as Raghu

Gauri Nalawade

Sumedh Wani

Kiran Karmarkar

Prasad Oak

Omprakash Shinde


Writer: Sachin Darekar, Avadhoot Gupte

Screenplay: Sachin Darekar, Swapnil Gangurde

Dialogues: Sachin Darekar, Swapnil Gangurde

Music: Avdhoot Gupte

Lyrics: Mandar Cholkar, Arvind Jagtap, Vaibhav Joshi

Singers : Sonu Kakkar, Vaishali Samant, Avdhoot Gupte, Suresh Wadkar, Kailash Kher, Adarsh Shinde, Rohit Raut, Swapnil Bandodkar, Purvesh Sarnaik

Cinematographer: Rahul Jadhav

Art: Shailesh Mahadik

Editor: Imran & Faisal

Action: Prashant Naik

Choreography: Umesh Jadhav, Siddhesh Dalvi

Costume Design: Aparna Guram

Associate Director: Prakash Tambe

Distribution: Zee Studio

Genre: Drama


Like: Racy first half with a topical issue.

Dislike: Half-hearted drama left haphazardly in the second half. Weak screenplay.

Rating: 2/5

The Review:

Synopsis: ‘Kanha’ is about Janmashtami, about the competition between two Govinda pathaks to build the tallest human pyramid in terms of height on the day of Dahi Handi, and the politics surrounding the sport.

Story: The story of Avadhoot Gupte’s Kanha begins with an unfortunate accident which occurs during Dahi Handi celebration threatening the life of young participant, essayed by Sumedh Wani, an orphan who is looked after by Malhar, played by Vaibhav Tatwawadi, the leader of Jai Bajrangi, a Govinda Pathak (team) hoping to crack the record nine layers held by Jai Ekta Mandal. Much to their dismay, a court order restricts the height of human pyramid.

The leader of Jai Ekta Group, Raghu, played by Gashmir Mahajani is proud that the record cannot be surpassed. Raghu is a Madhubhai loyalist played by Kiran Karmarkar, a hooligan with ambitions in politics. The enmity between Jai Bajrang and Jai Ekta group reaches new heights when the former get to showcase their talent in the presence of local political leader, Vishwasrao, played by Prasad Oak. With interference of politics, the festive event takes ugly turn and forms the crux of the movie ‘Kanha’.

Technical Aspects:

  • Screenplay: The screenplay is nothing but a refurbished version of ‘Morya’. While Morya had the backdrop of Ganpati festival, Kanha revolves around the Dahi Handi event with an assortment of politics and law. The first half picks up grippingly focusing on the court restriction order and legalities surrounding the celebrations, much in tune with current affairs. Covering the nitty-gritty of the festival is Avadhoot Gupe’s forte. He managed it excellently in Zenda, repeated it in Morya, and does it decently in Kanha. However,the quarrelling between the two teams never reaches the crescendo, which was effectively done in earlier movies.
  • Cinematography: Rahul Jadhav, much like the director, is au fait with the fundamentals of the subject. The chawls, drills of pyramid building and the Govinda troupes, is deftly enclosed with a Maharashtrian milieu.
  • Editing: The sub-plots are meaningless and could have been refined with some chopping.
  • Dialogues: Sachin Darekar and Swapnil Gangurde try to maintain the cadence of the film. Chipping in with the analogy of Sachin Tendulkar seems theatrical, almost unambiguously encouraging contravention of rules. Many dialogues appear as sermons infused to titillate the audience.
  • Direction: Avadhoot Gupte lives and breathes Marathi. He is familiar with the socio-political-economic environment of the state and captures it well in his subjects and films. However, all his movies borrow the same plot. Throw in a mix of youth, politics, and festivals – and hey presto, we have a hodgepodge of oversimplification and hasty retrieval, in typical Avadhoot Gupte style. The movie starts with a right track creating commotion about contentious topics, but runs helter-skelter and misfires with its bizarre climax.

Star Performances:  Malhar is the centrifugal force of the film shown taking his team to great heights despite suffering from vertigo. He is the anchor, he is the lead, and the film moves around his gallantry. Vaibhav is a steadfast actor and lifts the film from its cacophonic plots. Gashmir Mahajani looks brawny and eye candy which the maker showcases, almost objectifies, in the movie. Gauri Nalawade is wasted, just like most actresses in Gupte’s films.

Final Verdict: Kanha has an interesting subject, like most Avadhoot Gupte films, but follows the same cut-out. The director is known for choosing good subjects but loses the plot dreadfully after launching pace in first half. Zenda, Morya and now Kanha, looks more like a franchise with identical themes with different stories.