Feature Name: Ani… Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar
Director: Abhijeet Deshpande
Starring: Subodh Bhave, Nandita Dhuri, Anand Ingle, Sonali Kulkarni, Mohan Joshi, Sumeet Raghavan, Vaidehi Parshurami
“Ekdum kadak” is a dialogue Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar (Subodh Bhave) uses many times in one of his plays. It can also be used to describe the film.
A biopic of Marathi theatre’s (presumably) first superstar Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar, the film traces his rise & fall. He was a dentist who decided to give theatre a shot, much to the displeasure of his wife Irawati (Nandita Dhuri). After a lot of efforts, he finally gets a break. From there on, he seems simply unstoppable until his career hits a roadblock. The film also traces his troubled relationship with Irawati and his growing relationship with a much younger Kanchan (Vaidehi Parshurami).
It’s a worthy biopic for many reasons. The best one being that it traces Kashinath’s life without making him seem like he was flawless. In fact, he had many traits which would make you dislike him and the film doesn’t shy away from touching those. The writing is mostly smooth and the first have is excellent. It’s also a special film as it traces his personal & professional lives with equal finesse. There are some portions in the second half in which it loses track but those can be ignored.
The performances add a lot of value to the overall film. Subodh Bhave is excellent as he plays a character which has so many varied shades. Nandita Dhuri is fine. Sumeet Raghvan is very restrained yet good as he plays Kashinath’s rival Dr. Shriram Lagoo. Vaidehi Parshurami is superb. Sonali Kulkarni delivers a good performance. All the other actors do a fine job.
Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar is a must watch because of its wonderful script & exceptional performances. We give it 4 stars with an ‘EKDUM KADAK’ kink.