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Katyar Kaljat Ghusli
Katyar Kaljat Ghusli poster
Directed bySubodh Bhave
Screenplay byPrakash Kapadia
Story byPurushottam Darvhekar
Based onKatyar Kaljat Ghusali
Produced byNitin Keni
Nikhil Sane
Sunil Phadtare
StarringSachin Pilgaonkar
Shankar Mahadevan
Subodh Bhave
CinematographySudhir Palsane
Edited byAshish Mhatre Apurva Motiwale
Music byShankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Jitendra Abhisheki
Essel Vision Productions
Ganesh Films
Nittin Keni Creations
Distributed byZee Studios
Shree Ganesh Marketing & Films
Release date
  • 12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
Running time
162 minutes
  • Marathi
  • Urdu
Budget8 crore (US$960,000)[1]
Box officeest. 40 crore (US$4.8 million)[2]

Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (transl. A dagger through the heart) is a 2015 Indian Marathi-language epic musical drama film based on a play by the same name. Directed by Subodh Bhave, the film stars Sachin Pilgaonkar, Shankar Mahadevan, and Subodh Bhave in lead roles. The film marks the directorial debut for Bhave, and the theatrical acting debut for Shankar Mahadevan. The original play, written by Purushottam Darvhekar, premiered in 1967 in Mumbai, where Hindustani classical vocalist Vasantrao Deshpande played one of the protagonists. In 2010, the play was relaunched with protagonists essayed by Rahul Deshpande, grandson of Vasantrao Deshpande and singer Mahesh Kale. The film's music is composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, and retained some of the songs from the original play composed by Jitendra Abhisheki.

The film is selected as one of the 26 films to be screened in Goa at 46th International Film Festival of India.[3] The movie was also considered for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's (UNESCO) Fellini medal.[4]



Set during the British Raj era, Pandit Bhanu Shankar Shastri (Shankar Mahadevan) is an Indian classical singer living in the princely state of Vishrampur with his daughter Uma Shastri (Mrunmayee Deshpande). During one of his shows at Miraj, Shastri meets another classical singer Khansaheb Aftab Hussain Bareliwale (Sachin Pilgaonkar) and requests him to visit Vishrampur. On Dasara festival, the Maharaja of the state arranges an annual singing competition with the winner to be given the status of royal singer, Haveli (Mansion), and a "Katyar" (dagger). The Maharaja proclaims that the state would pardon one murder if committed by the royal singer with this dagger in self-defense. Shastri is challenged by Khansaheb but wins the competition.

Unable to defeat Shastri for fourteen consecutive years, Khansaheb is often humiliated by his wife Nabila (Sakshi Tanwar) and villagers. He survives a suicide attempt but confronts his hatred towards Bhanu Shankar Shastri. Then Nabila (Sakshi Tanwar) gives poison to Shastri which makes him unable to sing, but he can talk. In the following annual competition, Shastri leaves the stage without singing thus making Khansaheb the winner and the royal singer. Khansaheb moves to the haveli with his daughter Zareena (Amruta Khanvilkar) and Shastri leaves the village without informing anyone.

One of Shastri's pupils, Sadashiv (Subodh Bhave), arrives at the haveli to learn music but is disappointed with Shastri's disappearance. Sadashiv meets Khansaheb who, on listening Sadashiv's Shastri-like singing, throws him out of the haveli. Sadashiv, with the help of Zareena, locates Uma and learns the truth about Shastri's renunciation of music and Nabila's attempt to poison Shastri to enable Khansaheb win the competition. Sadashiv attempts to murder Khansaheb but Zarena dissuades him and requests him to challenge Khansaheb in the annual competition. Sadashiv then starts learning music from Uma through Shastri's book and Gramophone records. Later, Sadashiv and Uma locate Shastri in another village and bring him home. Shastri asks Sadashiv to learn from Khansaheb, but knowing Sadashiv's Shastri-like singing style, Khansaheb rejects him as a pupil. Sadashiv then starts learning from Khansaheb in disguise, but gets caught. Sadashiv, when challenged by Khansaheb to out-do him, loses and becomes Khansaheb's slave. As Khansaheb's slave, he cannot sing without Khansaheb's permission. Zareena sees the unfairness in this arrangement and blackmails Khansaab into returning Sadashiv's voice by threatening to expose him in the court. Khansaheb thus releases Sadashiv from his services.

In the following annual competition, Sadashiv challenges Khansaheb. In Jugalbandi (duet), Khansaheb notices that Sadashiv has learnt his singing style, he accuses Sadashiv of stealing his music. He also requests the Maharaja to let him use the dagger in self-defense as he thinks Sadashiv is a threat to his music. The Maharaja agrees but Sadashiv asks for a final performance. He also requests Khansaheb to accept him as a pupil if Khansaheb likes his singing. Sadashiv performs with Shastri's and Khansaheb's singing style. Khansaheb forgives Sadashiv but declines to accept him as a pupil as he thinks he has put himself down with all his earlier deeds with Sadashiv.




Shankar Mahadevan, who made his acting debut in the film

The film is based on a play by the same name, released in 1967. The original play had Hindustani classical singer Vasantrao Deshpande playing the role of Khansaheb.[5] The play was revived in 2010 and the protagonists were played by Mahesh Kale as Sadashiv and Rahul Deshpande as Khansaheb.[6] The classical singer Rahul Deshpande is a grandson of Vasantrao Deshpande. The actor Subodh Bhave was associated with the revived play and decided to make the film representation. Pushkar Shrotri also played the small role of Banke Bihari, the royal poet in the play.[7]

Bhave approached trio Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy to compose the music for the film. He also requested Shankar Mahadevan to play the role of Pandit Bhanu Shankar Shastri, to which singer–composer agreed.[8] Mahadevan acted, sung, and composed for the film.[9] The film marks acting debut for Mahadevan and directorial debut for Bhave.[10][11] The film has retained some of the songs from the play, composed by Jitendra Abhisheki.[12] Sachin Pilgaonkar was approached to play the role of Khansaheb. Despite being a Marathi language film, all of Pilgaonkar's dialogue are in Urdu.[13] Other actors include Amruta Khanvilkar as Zarina,[14] Mrunmayee Deshpande as Uma, Swapnil Rajshekhar as Maharaja of Vishrampur, King Vishnuraj and Sakshi Tanwar as Nabila (Khansaheb's wife).[15] Vikram Gaikwad has worked as a make-up artist for the film.[13] Prakash Kapadia who had written the screenplay for Bollywood films like Devdas (2002), Black (2005), and Saawariya (2007) has written the screenplay for the film and this is his first association with Marathi cinema.[16]

The film had a budget of about 8 crore (US$960,000), which included production as well as marketing costs.[1]



The film uses various songs from the original play, where the music has been recreated by the musician trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Some new songs have also been created to feature in the film. The song "Dil Ki Tapish" is based on the Keeravani raga.[17]

Release and reception


The film was released in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Goa, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh, and internationally in cities including San Francisco, Dallas, and New Jersey, on 12 November, as well as Orlando on 13 December. The film had English subtitles, and was shown on 220 screens showing 3,500 shows. After continued positive responses in the 2nd week, the number of screenings was increased to 300, showing 3,900 shows across India. The film is distributed by Essel Vision.[1][18] The film was released in Dubai as a special screening on 18 December 2015 and received tremendous response from UAE public. It also became the first ever Marathi movie to release in Bahrain, Australia and Japan as a special screening on 8 January 2016, 31 January 2016 and 5 March 2016, and received very good response from the viewers. The film was screened in Australia in all the major cities including Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. It was screened in Japan at Aeon Cinema in the Tokyo suburb of Myoden.[19] The film was a major success in the United States and was screened in over 50 cities through San Francisco Bay Area-based non-profit Indian Classical Music and Arts (ICMA) Foundation.

ABP Majha gave 4 out of 5 stars and declared the film "a rich masterpiece".[20] Pune Mirror gave 4 out of 5 stars and calling it "a well-packaged and culturally significant entertainment for the new generation".[21] The Maharashtra Times rated it 4 out of 5.[22] The Times of India gave 4 out of 5 stars.[23]

Box office


The film collected over 80 million (US$960,000) in the first week of its release. The positive reviews led the movie to gross around 400 million (US$4.8 million) at the box office making it one of the highest-grossing Marathi films of all time.[1][18]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2015 International Film Festival of India ICFT-UNESCO Fellini Award Subodh Bhave Nominated
2015 Filmfare Awards Marathi Best Film Won
Best Director Won
Best Actor Sachin Pilgaonkar Won
Best Supporting Actress Amruta Khanvilkar Nominated
Best Music Director Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Won
Best Lyricist Mangesh Kangane (Sur Niragas Ho) Won
Best Playback Singer – Male Shankar Mahadevan (Sur Niragas Ho) Won
Best Production Design Santosh Phutane Won
Best Background Score Santosh Mulekar Won
2016[24] Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Actor Sachin Pilgaonkar Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Amruta Khanvilkar Nominated
2016[25] Maharashtracha Favourite Kon? Favourite Film Katyar Kaljat Ghusali Nominated
Favourite Director Subodh Bhave Nominated
Favourite Actor Nominated
Favourite Actress Amruta Khanvilkar Nominated
Mrunmayee Deshpande Nominated
Favourite Supporting Actress Sakshi Tanwar Nominated
Favourite Villain Sachin Pilgaonkar Won
Favourite Singer – Male Shankar Mahadevan (Sur Niragas Ho) Nominated
Mahesh Kale (Aruni Kirani) Nominated
Favourite Singer – Female Anandi Joshi (Sur Niragas Ho) Nominated
2021[26] Maharashtracha Favourite Kon? Suvarnadasak Sohla Favourite Villain Sachin Pilgaonkar Nominated
2016 National Film Awards Best Male Playback Singer Mahesh Kale Won
2016 Sanskruti Kala Darpan Awards Best Film Shree Ganesh Marketing and Films Won
Best Director Subodh Bhave Won
Best Supporting Actor Shankar Mahadevan Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Mrunmayee Deshpande Nominated
Manacha Mujra Award Sachin Pilgaonkar Won
Best Music Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, Shankar-Ehsan-Loy Nominated
Best Playback Singer (Male) Shankar Mahadevan (Sur Niragas Ho) Nominated
Rahul Deshpande, Mahesh Kale (Surat Piya Ki) Won
Best Lyricist Purshottam Darvhekar Won
Best Dialogues Prakash Kapadia Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Cinematography SudhirPalsane Won
Best Editing Ashish Mhatre, Apurva Motiwali-Sahay Nominated
Best Production Design Santosh Phutane Won
Best Make-Up Vikram Gaikwad Nominated
2016 Zee Chitra Gaurav Puraskar Best Film Katyar Kaljat Ghusali Won
Best Director Subodh Bhave Nominated
Special Jury Award Best Director Entry Won
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Special Jury Award Best Actor Sachin Pilgaonkar Won
Best Supporting Actress Amruta Khanvilkar Nominated
Garnier Natural Performer Of The Year Won
Best Screenplay Prakash Kapadiya Won
Best Dialogue Won
Best Music Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Won
Best Playback Singer-Male Shankar Mahadevan (Sur Niragas Ho) Won
Best Lyricists Mangesh Kangane (Sur Niragas Ho) Won
Special Jury Award Best Singers Rahul Deshpande, Mahesh Kale Won
Best Background Music Santosh Mulekar Won
Best Sound Design Anmol Bhave Won
Best Editor Ashish Mhatre and Apoorva Motiwale Nominated
Best Cinematography Sudhir Palsane Won
Best Make-up Artist Vikram Gaikwad Nominated
Best Costumes Nachiket Barve and Pournima Oak Won
2022 Zee Maha Gaurav Puraskar Best Film (2016) Katyar Kaljat Ghusali Won
Best Villain Sachin Pilgaonkar Won
Best Actor Subodh Bhave Won

See also



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