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Looking For Logic

Saturday, October 27, 2018
By Deepa Gahlot

Kaashi In Search Of Ganga
Dhiraj Kumar
Cast: Sharman Joshi, Aishwarya Dewan, Govind Namdev and others
Rating: *

This is a film in search of good actors, a sensible plot and a script that is not so convoluted that it trips over its own cleverness.

So Kaashi (Sharman Joshi) is the daft corpse-burner at the Benaras Ghat, who doesn’t find it strange that a big city journalist Devina (Aishwarya Dewan), claims to fall in love with him. Then, his sister Ganga disappears and there seems to be a conspiracy afoot to keep him from tracing her. When he goes to the cops, they don’t pay any attention; the college where Ganga supposedly studied claims there is no student by that name.

Then a classmate of Ganga reveals that she was in love with the son of a politician, Balwant Pande (Govind Namdev), and they were planning to get married in secret because of the father’s opposition to the match.

Kaashi and Devina hunt for the boyfriend in Mussourie, where, they land straight into a drug den with scantily clad women and masked men dancing, which is an excuse for a song; all the tuneless numbers are randomly stuffed in, and serve no purpose but to further slow down an already sluggish film.

One thing leads to another and Kaashi is arrested for murder in court, two of the hammiest actors possible (Manoj Joshi, Akhilendra Mishra) play the opposing lawyers before a bored-looking judge (Manoj Pahwa). As the sneer and rant, the trial moves away from proving Kaashi’s guilt to questioning the existence of Ganga. This leads to the most bizarre twist imaginable, which, if one gives it a thought, doesn’t make much sense.

This is the kind of slapdash film in which, when a character goes into flashback mode, she includes songs and conversations between two people she could not possibly have known about.

Sharman Joshi probably found the narration intriguing, and signed up for this film. He must have realized that he is the only star around, and overacted so much on behalf of all the others black faces, that you feel sorry for him.

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