Relationships shown in films are mostly direct and defined- boy falls for girl and vice-versa and they either live happily ever after or go their separate ways. But the bond between Hari and Uma in Kaksparsh is vague and that’s the beauty of it. The characters in this Mahesh Manjrekar directional have an unsaid affinity towards one another and yet throughout the film, one can’t put a finger on it. What makes it even more intriguing is that Hari and Uma are brother and sister-in- law belonging to an orthodox Brahmin family in the pre-independence era of Konkan. No customs or law permit them to develop feelings for each other and think about starting a life together. And yet amidst all the restrictions, they somehow do.
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Kaksparsh tells the story of Uma (Ketki Mategaonkar & Priya Bapat) who is a teenage girl that gets married off to Mahadev (Abhijit Kelkar), the younger brother of Hari (Sachin Khedekar). After a few days, Uma hits puberty,when she gets her periods. As per tradition, a small prayer ceremony is conducted after which Uma and Mahadev are supposed to consummate their marriage. But tragedy strikes when Mahadev, who is suffering from a fever, dies on the important day. There on, Uma is looked after Hari who protects her from orthodox Brahmin traditions such as shaving off a woman’s head when she becomes a widow. Throughout the film, we see Hari standing up for Uma and going against society to do so. It’s safe to assume that he has feelings for her and yet, he doesn’t act on it or express the same.
Many factors make Kaksparsh a must-watch, one of them being the solid performances. With a seasoned actor like Sachin, you can only expect brilliance. He delivers a power-packed act yet again with his role as the righteous and restrained Hari. Young Uma is played convincingly by Ketki, followed by Priya who does justice to the older version of the character in the film. The supporting cast including Abhijit, Medha Manjrekar as Tara (Hari’s wife), Vaibhav Mangle as Upadhyay (Hari’s friend) among others too stand out with their gripping performances.
Kaksparsh also stands out because of the impeccable detailing it carries. Mahesh does a splendid job in capturing the pre-independence era, with attention to detail such as the costumes, the set up, the camera work etc. The film also boasts of beautiful and heartwarming moments. For example, Uma listens to a couple engaging in intercourse just to understand what consummating a marriage feels like. Here, you can’t help but empathise with her longing and misery.
It is a pleasure to watch the budding relationship between Uma and Hari. Without saying or doing much, the two make it clear that they are more than what society expects them to be. Their relationship is proof that a couple needn’t indulge in PDA, to express their feelings. Priya and Sachin share powerful chemistry in the film, that will hold your attention.
All in all, Kaksparsh is a powerful and gripping tale about love, relationships and orthodox traditions. Watch it and tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!
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