Written and directed by Makrand Deshpande, Kavita Bhaag Gayee is the tale of a poet who is disturbed by the attacks on North Indians in Mumbai. Being a North Indian himself, he is disturbed to such an extent, it affects his poetry. His yoga-postulating girlfriend empathizes with him, but stops short of understanding why this is affecting his poetry skills. An impending contract requires him to churn out 3 books and they simply cannot afford to waste precious time.
Shankar Upadhyay’s angst-ridden character brings out a lot of questions about how easy it is to get into a rut as the years roll by, and how the quest to find meaning in life gets suddenly magnified when things go horribly wrong. Shankar touches on a lot of issues that affect the common man and his abject inability to do anything but move on reluctantly. But luckily for him, who else but Ashwatthama (of Mahabharatha) comes to his rescue and calms his frayed nerves. Satisfied and visibly happy Shankar can now write poetry again.
Kavita Bhaag Gayee depicts mankind’s search for meaning wonderfully, even though it fails to answer any questions. Hard to miss are stellar performances by Divya Jagdale as the poet’s girlfriend and Nivedita Bhattacharya as a TV anchor out to sensationalize Ashwatthama’s misery.