My Ratings – 2/5.
I have experienced this many times before and yet i fall in the same khad again – too much of expectation from a film and by the end of the show you are heart broken.
Khad, the latest Bengali release in Mumbai – I liked the trailer, the casting and of course the director but unfortunately not the movie.
After making such amazingly artistic films like Shabdo and Apur Panchali director Kaushik Ganguly seemed to have taken a fall or rather made his latest film about a fall, a bus full of passengers reeling down deep into the Khad (the valley in-between the mountains).
The aftereffects: a wide range of characters forced to stay together in uncomfortably close proximity; a night out in the dangerous forest after they seem to have survived a disastrous bus accident.
Characters are often stereotype and predictable – a family including their daughter and a kid (with lot of family problems), a honeymoon couple (always fighting), a man with his sick mother (to add the Bangladeshi accent), a trekker who seems to know the area (always gives the right suggestions), a doctor and his muse (a scandalous relation), one actress and her abnormal brother (fame and sympathy), a school teacher (some hindi speaking), a happy go lucky bus conductor and a priest to calm things down.
Rudranil Ghosh, Kamaleswar Mukherjee, Mimi Chakraborty, Saheb Bhattacherjee, Tanusree Chakraborty, Gargee Roy Choudhury, Ardhendu Banerjee, Lily Chakraborty, Pallavi Chatterjee, Tridha Chowdhury, Kaushik Ganguly himself and many others.
But none of these actors were that exceptional to be especially mentioned except may be Kaushik Ganguly. He did a great job as an actor, i wish i could say the same thing about his direction for this film.
No particular story as such; Khad is about all these people’s emotions, their past lives and their present interactions in between themselves.
Dialogues are too pretentious, and by the end of the film most of the characters seem to confess their deepest secrets in front of complete strangers. Alcohol and a Father (priest) being their only influences.
The dangerous forest where they are trapped for the night seems to be the safest place on earth till the sun comes down and the truth is revealed; the only good twist in the film in the end but by the time it comes you are too stressed out to enjoy it.
The music tries it’s best to uplift the film, especially the track by Arijit Singh ‘Ami Achi’ is a good one.
I would not suggest you to go for this one unless you are a big fan of Kaushik Ganguly’s films like me and is daring enough to take the plunge into the Khad.