Out Of Theatre

Nilkanth Master

Out Of Theatre
07 Aug, 2015 1 hr 55 mins U
Omkar Govardhan, Neha Mahajan, Pooja Sawant, Adinath Kothare
The performances sustain the film but don’t salvage it. The hastiness shows as the plot goes haywire. Better editing and implementation of the story could’ve made this a good watch.

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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
A revolutionary from the Indian freedom struggle shoulders the responsibility of keeping his deceased friend's fiancee safe.

Review: After Razzakar and Sandook, Gajendra Ahire's Nilkanth Master is another film based in the time of the freedom struggle. Vyankatesh (Kothare), a revolutionary, is planning a Kakori-like heist on the tax department along with a bunch of his companions. This is when he meets Vishwanath aka Nilkanth Master (Govardhan) and includes him in the quest.

Unfortunately for Vyankatesh, this becomes his final contribution to the freedom struggle as he is killed in the gunfire. He requests Vishwanath to convey his love to Yashoda (Mahajan). Not long after Vishwanath comes home, his house is raided by British officials who know of his revolutionary links. He escapes but his family suffers. Soon, Vishwanath is directed to Inamdar's (Gokhale) place and is assigned the duty of conveying the news of Vyankatesh's death to his fiancee and take care of her. At Inamdar's house, Vishwanath meets Indu (Sawant), his childhood friend who is head over heels in love with him. Refusing her advances, Vishwanath ultimately falls for Yashoda but puts his duty towards her on priority and maintains distance.

Ahire is known to complete projects at a very fast pace and this has previously resulted in good stories going to the dogs due to haste. The same happens with Nilkanth Master. Moreover, the purpose of the film remains unclear; whether it is to show Indu's unfulfilled desire or to put focus on the freedom struggle or to show Vishwanath's dilemma, no one knows.

Many good actors are associated with the film and their significant contribution cannot be overlooked. It is because of good performances that the film is watchable. Govardhan's as the idealist is spot on and so is Neha Mahajan. Kothare, Gokhale and Kishore Kadam shine in their cameos too. But it is Pooja Sawant's portrayal of Indu that steals the show. She unleashes her potential and displays a wide range of emotions.

The performances sustain the film but don't salvage it. The hastiness shows as the plot goes haywire. Better editing and implementation of the story could've made this a good watch but alas, it's not.
Avg Users’ Rating 2.3/5 ( 16 users )
Ekanathan V
Once watchable
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good effort
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