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Times of India
The story of a youngster's dreams, aspirations and the measures he has to take to turn them into reality.
The traditional instruments, dhol and taashe, are the cynosure of all eyes during the Ganpati festival. In the last few years, the number of dhol
(groups) has grown alarmingly and so has the politicisation of the festival. Ankur Kakatkar's film takes its basic idea from here but there is just too much happening too fast for the viewer to make sense of.
Ameya Karkhanis (Khandkekar), a bright young lad working with an IT company, is shown the door as part of the company faces the heat of the recession that hits the US economy. First of all, the recession hit headlines quite a while ago so for an employee to be shown as a victim of it in 2015 makes little sense. It only points to the fact that the film was ready but is being released late. Add one of the scenes where Ameya says 2014 but his lips give away an earlier year and you have another proof of that. Anyway, the IT employee suddenly comes up with a plan to get sponsorship for his friend Sangram's dhol
. He succeeds and makes it a point to take the
to even greater heights. After winning a competition and simultaneously winning a case related to the competition, he catches the eye of the competition organiser, politician Aditya Deshpande (Jitendra Joshi) who cunningly makes use of Ameya's spirit and talent for his own good.
Convoluted as it gets later, the film looks promising initially. Hrishitaa plays the supporting role of Ameya's love interest and other than adding some glam factor to the film, she does nothing else, certainly not acting. The film tries to expose the politics in cultural activities and almost does it before slipping into a story of broken trust and revenge.
By the end of the film, many questions remain unanswered and loopholes exposed, and 'Dhol-Taashe' becomes a 'film that could've been good'. Watch it if you want to.