Debutante maker Qasim Khallow’s story is not only emotional, but very much rooted in the societal context
Who would have thought that Bollywood considered to churn out meaningless glossy films will one day make a film on Alopecia, a medical condition where a person starts losing hair rapidly? Gone Kesh is a film about ambitions, dreams, emotions, and to emerge victorious in something as simple (but grave) as falling hair. In a society and era where appearance matters and calls for clear judgement, more so if you are a woman (because ultimately it all has to culminate into marriage), the film hits hard at the society making you ponder about your humanity at the very core.
Based in Siliguri, Enakshi Dasgupta (Shweta Tripathi), a young vivacious girl gets the shock of her life when she discovers she suffers from Alopecia.
Stand up for Khallow once for coming up with an idea so common yet so distinct. So what if hair fall off? Step into Enakshi’s shoes and you’ll know what a person goes through. The problem is rampant (although you may not suffer from the disease particularly), we all know, but do we think about the gravity? Khallow hits at your heart and conscience alike with a subject that demands attention, on immediate basis.
While the film entertains you thoroughly with drama, emotions, ambitions, high and lows- its social relevance too bowls you over. The screenplay very accurately incorporates the societal contexts into the thread making you plunge in the drama with great emotional depth. A girl bullied in school, being called names, covering her head with a scarf, boys rejecting her for marriage out rightly are few things that wrench you.
The film works on two grounds- a girl grappling with her disease and her parents nurturing their dream of visiting Taj Mahal and board a flight for the maiden time. This is a film about real people and as they say loving someone truly. The film raises an important point- it is said that falling in love means embracing one’s beliefs, personality, ideas and not falling in love with the appearance. But does it happen?
There are sequences in this 110 mins film that stand out remarkably- a sequence where Enakshi quits her job so that she can participate in a dance competition, especially when her parents have an innocent dream themselves without worrying for their daughter as she has a job, Enakshi’s frustration in not being able to dance in her annual function because she can’t keep on looking if her scarf is properly sitting- are only few moments in the film that take it several notches higher.
One noticeable thing- you get an experience worth the money spent when Enakshi’s parents cry tears of joy. Its a wonderfully created scene.
Shweta Tripathi, a brilliant actor, shines immensely in a role that seems tailor stitched for her. Of course, which of her characters in the past hasn’t seem so? She embraces the character with all her heart and puts across the vulnerabilities so well that you start feeling for her right from her first sequence. She tells you rightly what a person might have to go through on a daily basis.
Vipin Sharma and Deepika Amin as Enakshi’s parents are very endearing. They have been portrayed as genuine parents- emotional, supportive, worrying, caring, affectionate, weak- all together. Brilliant act by both of them.
Jeetu in a lovable and sensible role is splendid. You fall in love with his character and you want more of him.
Brijendra Kala is good too bringing in the much needed maturity in the story.
Music is good, accentuating the mood of the film. Background score should be commended for the feeling it evokes. The score keeps you attached to the characters.
Cinematography by Abhi Dange is very good. Keeping in tune with the appeal of the film, camera helps immensely in the proper narrative. Shaky camera could be avoided though. Production design by Payal Ghoshe too is visually justified, as per the set-up and build-of the story. The below middle class setting is established well.
Editing by Ashutosh Matela could be better in terms of transition and flow. While the film in fact marvels at editing by putting together elements (humor, cries, issue, masala, drama, emotions, seriousness) at regular intervals to give you a holistic feel of the drama, it also lacks in keeping the drama consistent. The transitions also are abrupt at times.
Gone Kesh is an important film wherein it proves the adage that films are mirrors to society. A strong film reflecting what’s common in society around us, regardless of whether it is right or not, this one must be watched by all those who think beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.