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Times of India
A uniform means different things for different people. It can be a symbol of pride, fear, necessity and respect depending on the way one looks at it. Ganvesh looks at all these angles but focuses more on the struggle of a father to get a new school uniform for his son.
Madhu (Mande) is selected to deliver a speech during the Independence Day celebrations in his school. Since the education minister is scheduled to be there for the celebrations, the kids are told to get new uniforms but Madhu comes from a very poor family and buying a new uniform is a big challenge for his parents. Nevertheless, his father (Kadam) agrees to buy him a new uniform but little does he know about what lies in store. On the other hand, police inspector Meera Patil (Barve) is torn between following her duty to respect the khaki uniform and following her seniors' orders. Then there is the education minister (Prabhavalkar) and his khadi 'ganvesh'. All these stories meet at a point.
Ganvesh is a film that captures its protagonists' struggles brilliantly. It tackles the question - Are you what the uniform makes you or vice-versa? What might seem simple to many, can be a Herculean task for others and the film explains this through its three stories.
While Barve (who is an absolute pleasure to watch) and Prabhavalkar deliver their usual balanced performances, Ganvesh is primarily Kadam's film and he doesn't disappoint either. He gets every expression right. The supporting cast boasts of strong actors (Tambe, Ganesh Yadav, Nagesh Bhosale) and they add value to the film.
The film suffers due to a stretched plot and some loopholes. There comes a point when everything starts looking repetitive and the predictability gets the better of you. Fortunately, the solid acting department ensures you don't have a dull moment.
Ganvesh is a heart-warming film that strikes the right chords. It teaches you a few life lessons and is definitely worth a watch.