Tilok (Mayur Chauhan) runs a pay and use facility along with Sundar (Hemang Shah), his younger brother. Everything is fine till Jaya (Deeksha Joshi) walks in and trips straight into Tilok’s arms. And a love story begins filled with twists and turns. Since Jaya and Tilok belong to different communities, there are obvious repercussions to their union and Tilok faces various challenges to win over Jaya’s father. But in the end, love wins over hatred and peace is restored for a happily ever after ending.
As Karsandas Pay & Use releases after a gap of almost a month of a total dry spell of Gujarati movies at the BO, it completely rises up to the occasion. At the heart, it might be a love story, but it also manages to pass on a positive message about maintaining harmony and respecting all sections of the society, including the working class. And the best part is, it does so without sounding preachy or deviating from the main story line.
While all other Gujarati films are trying hard to be urban, a word surely overused in Dhollywood now, Karsandas Pay & Use very subtly yet effectively tells a story that has little to do with it being urban or rural. Why it strikes you is because it tells a feel good story, with well written characters and dialogues, a tight story with all it’s fun and masti along with a subtle message, refreshing music, good cinematography and brilliant performances by the entire star cast, especially the lead pair of Deeksha Joshi and Mayur Chauhan. Mayur, who earlier starred in Daav Thayi Gayo Yaar, looks like a different actor altogether. From his first film to this, he has grown as an actor, and it is visible on the screen. To pull off a character of Tilok, which is not the most conventional one, is commendable. So is Deeksha, who looks every bit Jaya and her transformation from a vibrant and colorful character in Shubh Aarambh to a docile maid is pleasantly surprising.
Karsandas is one those few Gujarati films that gives you special moments throughout the film bringing a smile to your face. Be it coy romantic moments between Deeksha and Mayur, funny one-liners, heartwarming bromance between Tilok and Sundar or friends standing up for each other in adverse situations, the films surely touches the right emotions. And the dose of these emotions is just about enough, neither too dramatic nor too flat.
Overall, Karsandas Pay & Use reasserts the fact that nothing else matters if a film is made well and tells a good story. Being a Gujarati film, it will find connect with all kind of audiences and that’s where its strength lies. Even though last few months have been rather slow and sluggish for the Gujarati film industry, Karsandas makes up for it. It’s not only entertaining, but also a feel good love story of a small town couple telling that you don’t need an upmarket space for romance, it can happen even in a pay and use facility.