Movie Review: Shreyas Talpade's 'Kartam Bhugatam' is a light film on a powerful story of fake astrologers.

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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'As you do, so shall you do', 'As you sow, so shall you reap', these and many such sayings have always been famous among the Indian people. Taking this as the basis, writer-director Soham P Shah has brought his new film 'Kartam Bhugatam'. The essence of the film is that whatever you do, you will suffer. But the story starts with the black business of astrology and slowly wanders onto the path of deception and revenge. However, the film definitely gives the message of avoiding the clutches of hypocritical astrologers and not getting trapped in superstition.

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Story of 'Kartam Bhugatam'

Deeply influenced by themes like Karma-Phala and destiny, Soham has earlier made films like 'Kaal' and 'Luck'. Now, to return to the big screen after 15 years, he has chosen subjects like planets, constellations, astrology and karma. The story of the film is about Dev Joshi (Shreyas Talpade) returning to his home in Madhya Pradesh from New Zealand. After his father's death, Dev has to sell his ancestral property and return with all his savings in ten days, but Anna (Vijay Raaz), an astrologer, tells him that he will not go back. This thing keeps revolving in Dev's mind and when all his work from land to bank gets stuck, he goes to Anna for a ray of hope. Watching the film we will know where the rituals told by Anna take Dev.

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'Kartam Bhugatam' Movie Review

The story of the film is interesting, but Soham has not been able to convert this idea into a strong script. The mysterious way in which the audience is introduced to Vijay Raaz's character in the beginning creates hope, but then after a certain point the repetitive script becomes boring. In the film, Anna repeatedly asks Dev to have some patience, but the real test of this patience lies with the audience.

Anna's wife Seema's (Madhu) paani drink, tea drink, tea drink video calls to Dev's partner Jiya (Aksha Pardasani) have become quite repetitive. On top of that, the weak production value of the film spoils the fun. The first exciting scene of this psychological thriller comes just before the interval. The story picks up pace in the second half, but soon loses its impact again.

Many questions remain unresolved in the film. Talking about acting, Vijay Raaz impresses. His style and dialogue delivery works to maintain suspense. Shreyas Talpade has played his character honestly. Madhu and Aksha have also acted well. Madhu's transformation is very good. Amar Mohile's background score is good but technical aspects like music, editing, production design prove to be average.

Why watch- If you are interested in fake astrologers and want to watch a film based on a good message of not falling prey to their clutches, then 'Kartham Bhugatam' is a must watch.

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