Verdict- A beautifully shot film with outstanding performances.
Kapus Kondyachi Goshta, which is translated as unending story, attempts to address a very pressing issue. That of farmer suicide and its consequences, however, this film portrays this issue to us through the eyes of four young women, who set out to put an end to this unending story.
Directed by debutant director Dr Mrunalini Bhosale, Kapus Kondyachi Gosht, is a serious film which is set in a village in Maharashtra and revolves around the story of four young sisters Jyoti (Samidha Guru), Chanda (Mohini Kulkarni), Ratna (Gauri Konge) and Bali (Netra Mali). Their father, a farmer, has committed suicide and their mother was apparently murdered. After the death of their parents, the four sister are left to fend for themselves in a harsh society who refuses to cut them any slack. With nothing else to turn to except farming, the girls are forced to begin a tough journey full of hurdles if they want to survive. The elder sister Jyoti, is studying in college and works as a help and looks after the farming of a lawyer (Makarand Anaspure). He is the girl’s only source of help and inspires them to stand up for themselves and be independent. He pushes them to take up farming and break the stereotype that farming is a man’s job.
The film takes us on an inspiring journey as the sisters face issues like sexual harassment by the village men and lack of proper equipment required for farming and as they learn to stand up for themselves. It beautifully captures the transition from naive young girls to mature hard working women who refuse to let anyone mess with them, be it Dada Patil (Bharat Ganeshpure), a rich villager or men seeking to exploit them.
The actors in the film have done a splendid job and even though the film can be too slow paced at times, their realistic and convincing acting makes you forget you’re watching a film. The cinematography is on point and the film manages to capture the essence of a rural setting flawlessly. Makarand Anaspure is at his usual best and Samidha Guru delivers a spectacular performance. The film has received several awards both nationally and internationally and even reached the list of films eligible to contend for an Oscar in 2015, all before its theatrical release.
Why You Should Watch This Film:
The film manages to capture and present a very important issue in a new perspective. It falls into the league of films that have raised the bar of Marathi cinema. It ticks all the right boxes with its cinematography and the cast’s convincing performances make Kapus Kondyachi Goshta a must-watch.