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17 Apr, 2015 2 hrs U/A
Rajeev Govinda Pillai, Rajesh Shringarpure, Sulagna Panigrahi, Girish Karnad, Roopa Ganguly
Rajeev Govinda Pillai, Rajesh Shringarpure, Sulagna Panigrahi, Girish Karnad, Roopa Ganguly
Kiran Phadnis
Synopsis
Ek Adbhut Dakshina Guru Dakshina would have probably worked better as a film strictly dedicated to dance.
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Story: An orphaned boy Dev (Rajeev Govinda Pillai) is adopted by Guruji (Girish Karnad) and brought to his dance academy in Kolkata, owing to his dancing skills. Impressed by his talent, guruji takes him under his wings. However, Dev's one-sided love for Guruji's daughter Sanjukta (Sulagna Panigrahi) changes their lives forever. Sanjukta finds herself seduced by Chhau dancer Gambhira (Rajesh Shringarpure) instead, who seems like a man of dubious intent. Turns out he is a Naxalite, on a secret mission. Dev suspects Gambhira's motives and warns Sanjukta but she doesn't pay heed. Dev is heartbroken and guruji devastated, when Sanjukta secretly marries Gambhira. Post marriage, Gambhira shows his true colours, thus ruining the life of his wife and Guruji. Meanwhile, an accident takes Dev to Himachal. Will he come back to avenge the torture Gamhira inflicts on his guruji?

Review: Set in Bengal, Guru Dakshina begins as an ode to classical dance forms, with the guru-shisya (teacher-student) relationship at the heart of it. However, the focus soon shifts to a predictable love triangle, an irrelevant Naxalite track and eventually, the spiritual recovery of the heartbroken hero in Himachal! The story seems disconnected and keeps meandering, failing to hold your attention. Also, you want to see the dance but there is barely any.

Barring Rajesh Shringarpure, looks convincing and has worked well on his physique and body language to play his character, others sleepwalk through their roles. Girish Karnad and Roopa Ganguly try to bring some sanctity to the story but their characters hold no significance.

Ek Adbhut Dakshina Guru Dakshina would have probably worked better as a film strictly dedicated to dance.
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