Karsandas Pay and Use is an urban Gujarati film released today, This is the second film from the producer-director of the successful Gujarati film “Chhello Divas” which was released in 2015. As it was estimated before going to see the film, this film also has no storytelling or proper comedy movement. Featuring shallow comedy scenes and mostly over-acting, the film pays off in Karsandas Pay & Use and there is no solid reason to watch it in theaters.
The story of the film is a love story that leads from failure to success, which is traditionally seen in Indian films. The protagonist of the film Tilok plays the role of a toilet keeper while the protagonist Jaya plays the daughter of a rickshaw driver who helps her family financially by doing odd jobs in nearby houses. One day Jaya, the heroine of the film comes to Karsandas Pay & Use next to her house for her daily activities when there is a situation related to toilet occurred in her house and there she meets Tilak, the caretaker of the toilet, and falls in love with him. When Jaya’s father Chinubha comes to know about this, he gets angry and he falls into the role of a villain in the love story and keeps opposing till the end of the film. This is the basic story of the film but the director has tried to combine some long and irrelevant scenes in its screenplay and served as twists to the audience. The character of the Tilok in the film is based on a specific Gujarati community and the dialogues of the film are also written based on the dialect or language of that community. Lot of hard work has been done for the same in the film. Some of the dialogues in the film are really good and have proved to be the cornerstone of presenting a good comedy.
Dialogues are the vital aspect of the film. The language of the particular community has been used in the film and the characters of the film have portrayed it very effectively on the silver screen. The accent, pronunciation and understanding of the language are reflected in the characters of the film which catches the attention of the audience while watching a movie. But the shallow words used to make it more local in some places make the comedy scenes in the film more shallow. But, there is also the problem that the dialect/language of the community presented in the film changes its shape in certain dialogues so that the viewer feels as if two or three dialects have been mixed in one dialect. Yet, some words that have never been heard on the big screen before are heard here and the audience begins to flow with laughter. If there is one person whose performance in the film is aristocratic, it is actor Chetan Daiya as Chinubha in the role of Jaya’s father. Chinubha’s performance as a disciplined and person who doesn’t like love marriages as a father in the story is truly outstanding. Tilok, alias Mayur’s work as the protagonist of the film is very weak, he could not even find the proper way to express the character of the community in the film as a protagonist. Dialogues were captured and spoken properly but it seems like he is getting failed to present facial expressions. In the character of Jaya, actress Diksha Joshi doesn’t seem to have any sense of acting. She proves to be a humdrum actress with the same kind of expression throughout the film. Sundar who is the best friend of protagonist, his comic timing in the film is tremendous. but due to his overacting, he gets beaten up in acting.
The Character of Sundar definitely surpasses the character of the protagonist Tilok in the film and people remember it until the end of the film. In the film, Kalubha, who is the advisor of the protagonist, succeeds in giving true justice to the character.
There are only two songs in this film which are relatively good and the music of these two songs can be heard throughout the film. there are no other tunes have been prepared for the film’s background music. Thus, the film fails in the terms of music.
As discussed earlier, the film depicts a toilet caretaker, but it couldn’t show a specific social point of view, therefore, the suffering and grief of the society can reach the viewers through the medium of film. While anguish is presented in the form of comedy so that it remains only comedy in the film. However, at some point in the film, the protagonist presents his work and community seriously through dialogues but even this serious thing remains suppressed in the comedy side of the film. The direction of the film is good which proves to be successful in giving story-based justice to the characters. Lack of experimental style to be seen in the use of the camera and no variation in the frame is clearly visible. There are also very few locations in the film that are seen more than once in the same type of frame with no novelty.
Rating for this Gujarati Movie : 2/5.
This Movie Review is written by Nilay Bhavsar, Originally written in Gujarati and translated by Tirthraj Thaker