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Sound of Heaven: The Story of Balgandharva (2011)

Stort tells Narayan shripad Rajhans aka Balgandharva struggle through poverty and riches.

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Ravi Jadhav
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Credited cast:
Subodh Bhave ... Balgandharva
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anand Abhyankar ... Mama
Siddharth Chandekar ... Abhyankar
Nitin Chandrakant Desai Nitin Chandrakant Desai ... Lokmanya Tilak
Rahul Deshpande Rahul Deshpande ... Keshavrao Bhosale
Vibhawari Deshpande ... Laxmi
Shrirang Godbole Shrirang Godbole ... G.B. Deval
Manoj Joshi ... Seth Laxmichand Narayan
Suhas Joshi ... Narayan's mother
Vidyadhar Joshi ... Shankarrao
Kishore Kadam ... Ganpatrao Bodas
Atharva Karve Atharva Karve ... Young Narayan
Abhijit Kelkar ... Sadubhau Ranade
Manoj Khalatkar Manoj Khalatkar ... Ram Ganesh Gadkari (as Manoj Kolatkar)
Mandar Kulkarni Mandar Kulkarni ... Photographer
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Stort tells Narayan shripad Rajhans aka Balgandharva struggle through poverty and riches.

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Soundtracks

Panchatund Nararundmaladhar
Performed by Anand Bhate
Music Re-Created by Kaushal Inamdar
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Good production values, overrated in everything else
13 May 2016 | by chengizSee all my reviews

  • Production values are top notch. Everything is done well, the costumes and sets are superb.


  • Bhave acts like his part was a Sant in an old B&W marathi movie (think Arun Govil in Ramayan for a later reference). Gives the movie an unnecessarily saintly and holier than thou touch.


  • Direction is totally subpar. There is no narrative. People appear and are told to us as having done things and having meaning to the story, but they were never introduced. Who was it that left in a huff when Balgandharva decides to collaborate with Keshavrao? Multiple people die during the course of the movie, but the same scene plays out to establish all deaths (Bhave is doing natak practice, people's faces are shown fallen, Bhave says what happened, news of death is broken). I mean come on. The language is highfalutin. Who the hell says "Rasikaprekshanna" in conversation? The scenes of overspending and debt are repeated over and over again. The tone of the movie is "life of a saint" when it should have been "life of a *human* artiste" (indeed the story plays out as the latter, so the tone is just very odd).


  • The worst thing is Balgandharva was above all a singer, and singing is given short shrift in the movie. Natyasangeet is an excellent art form, and I give kudos to the movie for making it popular again, but honestly, they have not done a good job of showing it. They have over-ornamented the orchestra, and undercut the sangeet itself. (Rahul Deshpande's Ravi mi, at only two and a half minutes, is the best song in the movie, and is not sung by "Balgandharva").


  • Same thing about the sangeet nataks themselves. There is very little in terms of their story or impact (and no, showing people yelling at shopkeepers for not carrying the saree from the natak is not impact, it's gimmickry).


  • Overall this is the kind of movie that wins national awards in India and tugs at people's heartstrings, and is made with good intentions, but as a disinterested viewer, the outcome falls quite short.


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