Khashi Katha is a tale for all ages. And given its ample entertainment value, it has what it takes to justify your ticket money.
will leave you in splits, punch you in the gut with myriad human emotions, bring you face to face with death, tragedy and reality, nudge you to develop a liking for petty criminals and yet, make you exit the hall with a smile. That, in a nutshell, is good cinema. But then again, we just can't get carried away by a goat's tale, can we? The operation table is laid, the tools are in place. It's time for some dissection.
Technical stuff first and full marks to Surjodeep Ghosh for the camera work. He certainly knows how to use light, or the lack of it, to great effect. The continuity elements, too, are bang on. But guess that's editor Tamal Chakraborty and director Judhajit Sarkar's department. The best part of the movie, however, is the talking goat. While the voiceover by Kanchan Mallik is all about hilarious eloquence, the creativity that went into making the goat speak with expressions is what takes the cake. Hats off to the animation team for achieving such a high level of realism!
Naseeruddin Shah excited to act opposite a goat
As for the story, well, that's perhaps one department that leaves you wanting that 'something' more. Fine, it's a story about the struggle of two siblings — Parvez (Prasun Gyne) and Salma (Anindita Basu) — to make a mark after their father (Subhashish Mukhopadhyay) loses his job. It's about how Parvez goes the criminal way, while Salma takes up boxing to vent her emotions. The subtle interweaving of reality and fantasy, the complex emotions that rule life, and death, and the omnipresent hand of fate, are all fine — in place and well-depicted. But it's the end that doesn't seem to justify the means. A knockout upper-cut, somehow, seems too petty a goal to fracture your finger for. It may be a good enough climax for a goat, but human beings will want something more.
Now comes the most difficult part — making the audience believe the characters. Naseeruddin is every bit the butcher, Hassan Ali, as he was Iftikar in
, Captain Nemo in the
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
or the nameless protagonist in
. A class apart as usual, though his role is more of a cameo. The rest of the cast have done justice to their characters. Never, during the course of the film, do you feel a character is out of place or someone else should have done that role. The director, too, has presented this part fantasy-part real world quite eloquently. No complaints whatsoever.
Then we come to the music by Raja Narayan Deb. Understated and subtly blended into the background, it is good on all counts, be it the lyrics, the tunes or the subtle background score. At no point does a viewer feel disturbed or distracted by it. What more can we say?
Last but not the least, the narrative by the goat definitely deserves a paragraph. Funny in a raw Bangal way, Kanchan's voiceover is the high point of the film. It not only holds the story together, but provides that much-needed comic relief every time the viewer gets an overdose of bitter reality.
is a tale for all ages. And given its ample entertainment value, it has what it takes to justify your ticket money.