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Times of India
It is the love story of Kisu and Sudha, set in two periods of time.
Kranti Redkar had been missing from the cinema scene for a while and for a good reason. Giving acting a break, Kranti was completely dedicating herself to 'Kaakan', her directorial debut. The film managed to create a buzz with lead actors Jitendra Joshi and Urmila Kothare's different looks and now that it has hit the screens, it seems Kranti's dedication might pay off.
The fact that it is a period film makes it a tough task for the production department in setting the mood of that particular period right. In this department, the film suffers a bit. But then majority of the focus in the film is on the love story between Kisu (Jitendra) and Sudha (Urmila) and not on the era. The very much in love characters belong to different classes of the society (nothing new here) which is why they have to hide their romance from the girl's (who belongs to a rich family) parents. Eventually the parents find out and seizing the time when Kisu is away from the village, they decide to marry Sudha off to a rich guy from another village. Wait, that's not how it ends.The heartbroken Kisu goes into a shell and ruins his life while the equally heartbroken Sudha dedicates it to helping the poor. The young Gopi (Ashutosh), a kid from the village, finds out about the story and sets out on a journey that might end up in bringing Sudha back to the ailing Kisu after 32 years of separation.
Stellar performances by the main characters are the USP of this film. Urmila, as always, does most of the work through her expressive eyes. She is the perfect person for the role; bubbly, childish yet caring and sensitive. Jitendra Joshi continues his effortless command over characters as he plays the young as well as the dying old man with equal brilliance. You give this man the attire and he will disguise into the person it belongs to flawlessly. Ashutosh, the kid who connects the dots in the film, deserves a big round of applause for having slipped into his role so well that you won't believe it is his debut film.
The plot is slow till you get the crux of it but picks up later. Besides some technical glitches, it is safe to say that Kranti's gamble has paid off. 'Kaakan' is worth a watch.
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