Carry On Kesar is a complete family movie, with impressive performances by Supriya Pathak and Darshan Jariwala. Also, the rich lyrics and dialogues in the film will be thoroughly enjoyed by admirers of Gujarati literature.
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The story of the film revolves around Shyamji (Darshan Jariwala) and Kesar Patel (Supriya Pathak Kapur) are a traditional Gujarati childless couple. A fashion designer based in Paris, Annie (Avani Modi) comes across Kesar’s artistic work and makes arrangement to learn the art from her. When Annie encourages the elderly couple to have a child, all hell breaks loose.
Vipul Mehta’s direction has blended the movie from extremes – from a plush set-up of a fashion house against backdrop of Paris to the heritage-villa of small village in Gujarat. Be it highlighting Gujarat’s traditional textile art – bandhej, patola, block-prints as well as leheriyu – or detailing every Gujarati custom -- it clearly showcased how strongly the director is bonded to his roots. The vision he held that people from small towns too have a progressive thought-process is praiseworthy. Mehta ensured to hold the movie that comprises a sensitive and emotional subject together in a crisp time of two hours and five minutes – without making the story appear preachy or boring for viewers and also kept few hilarious scenes to match up the entertainment tempo.
Carry On Kesar is a complete family entertainer, with impressive performances by stalwarts Supriya Pathak and Darshan Jariwala — it is actually tough to imagine this movie without them playing the leads. Jariwala’s character Shyamji’s love for Kesar where he wants her to chase the career dreams was impressive. Supriya put a life to Kesar’s character where she expresses how much she misses motherhood in one dialogue “Maaro khobo bharaelo chhe pan kholo khaali chhe” or even when she strikes a conversation with a cow (which is hurt). Annie (Avani Modi) as a chirpy, vivacious fashion designer with a sensible mind just brings the fun factor to add life to the film. Cinematography was wonderful and movie editing was just apt. Dialogues written by Ankit Trivedi are impressive – certainly ensures you that future of Gujarati literature is going to stay intact. Sachin-Jigar’s music surely adds more to the movie with a peppy number of title track ‘Carry On Kesar’ matching the theme of the movie, Aavi Re as movie’s opening song in Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice was matching the vivacious tone of Annie’s character and the most touching song Kaalja No Katko by Alka Yagnik makes you emotional.
The film isn’t without its flaws though. The character of Dr Pratik (essayed by Ritesh Mobh) was funny but considering for a movie where all the lead characters have a liberal and progressive thoughts, Dr Pratik’s character too could have few strong decision-making sense (he being a London-return couldn’t think of any important decisions without his parents’ consent). Also, a few scenes were high on melodrama – which could have been controlled. Still, overall, it is a great effort and this film shows that even simple stories, can create magic, with power-packed performances, great music and wonderful direction.