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Masaan (2015)

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Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and... See full summary »

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Neeraj Ghaywan

Writer:

Varun Grover
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Cast

Credited cast:
Richa Chadha ... Devi Pathak (as Richa Chadda)
Sanjay Mishra ... Vidyadhar Pathak
Vicky Kaushal ... Deepak Chaudhary
Pankaj Tripathi ... Sadhya Ji (as Pankaj Tripathy)
Vineet Kumar Vineet Kumar ... Doctor Chaudhary
Bhagwan Tiwari Bhagwan Tiwari ... Inspector Mishra
Bhupesh Singh Bhupesh Singh ... Sikander Chaudhary
Satya Kam Anand Satya Kam Anand ... Vikram Mallah
Saurabh Chadhary Saurabh Chadhary ... Piyush Agarwal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohit Abrol ... Traveller Boy
Deepak Agarwal Deepak Agarwal ... Father at Coaching Centre
Harsh Agarwal Harsh Agarwal ... Son at Coaching Centre
Manish Agrahari Manish Agrahari ... Pizzeria Waiter
Jamal Ahmad Jamal Ahmad ... Jeweller #1
Ana Ana ... Foreigner Girl #2
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Storyline

Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family, long to escape the moral constructs of a small-town.

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Paths of grieve intersect on the Ganges River.

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Drama

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Country:

India | France

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

24 June 2015 (France) See more »

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Fly Away Solo See more »

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Trivia

The ghats used in shooting were not the original ghats where these rituals happen but were some virgin ghats which were modified to represent the original ghats of Varanasi See more »

Goofs

When Devi and Sadhyaji are sharing 'kheer', Sadhya takes the container back on to his left hand. In the next shot, he is holding the container in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Devi Pathak: Do you live alone?
Sadhya Ji: No, I live with my dad. My dad lives alone.
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Soundtracks

Mann Kasturi
Written by Varun Grover & Sanjeev Sharma
Performed by Indian Ocean
Vocals by Amit Kilam, Rahul Ram and Himanshu Joshi
Music composed by Indian Ocean
Bass by Rahul Ram
Guitars by Nikhil Rao
Drums and percussion by Amit Kilam
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Masaan film review – A Story that touches your soul
26 July 2015 | by amit_sinha62See all my reviews

Masaan is a story set in real Benaras which is better known as Kashi. Why did I mention real Benaras? This film makes you meet the other side of Kashi which is more active in the night than the day, the cremation Ghats where the dead bodies are burnt as per Hindu rituals. The cremation Ghats of Kashi has been mostly portrayed in films and serials as a mystic place but here the director, a débutant Neeraj Ghyawan and co-writer Varun Grover portrays the cremation Ghats as a usual business place where the bodies are burnt after dying. But, the film has a hidden treasure beyond the burning of the bodies in the cremation ghats. It's the burning of people griefs and the courage to let go their guilt to celebrate a new life.

The urge of arriving in life is portrayed by each central character of the film – Richa Chadha as Devi, Sanjay Mishra as Devi's father and Vicky Kaushal as Deepak. While Devi wants to get out of the narrow mindedness of the city and attain more liberty in the form of experiencing love and pleasure, the other character Deepak wants to break his shackles of being a pyre burning lower caste youth of becoming a civil engineer and dreams of marrying his upper caster girlfriend.

Sanjay Mishra runs a small shop at the cremation ghat and is trying to rejuvenate the cold relationship with his daughter and in order to protect her from a scandal; he breaches his own moral principles when he forces a child who works in his shop to take part in the dangerous game of collecting coins from the Ganges. The story brings twist in the each character's lives when they are forced to do a soul searching. Their soul searching brings dark moments in the film when you feel sad about their lives. But wait, there is light after the dawn and no grief is permanent. The films at the end leaves you with a message that Masaan is not only about burning the physical bodies but also about letting go your grief and making your soul guilt free.

The film is beautifully written with a strong message and a good débutant director attempt towards the serious sensible storytelling cinema. The music by Indian Ocean gels with the characters lives and the city's backdrop. The lyrics and music of the songs 'Tu Kisi Rail si gujarti hai' based on Dushyant Kumar's poetry and Man Kasturi re' are simply magical and has lifetime music value. All credits to the Director Neeraj Ghyawan who has been trained under Anurag Kashyap and the co-writer Varun Grover for such a beautiful story. Both the seasoned and the débutant actors have worked hard on their characters and that is evident from their acting.

I want to end this review for Masaan with these few lines in Hindi.. Jo Man ko Chu Jaye Use khubsurat ahsas kehte hai, Jo Atma ko Chu Jaye Use Masaan Kehte hai !


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