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The good-old romance of a travel story - Khamakha
"Jeevan ke safar mein raahi... Kya 'sach-much' milte hai bichhadh jaane ko??"

"Jeevan ke safar mein raahi... Kya 'sach-much' milte hai bichhadh jaane ko??"

Just like the most surprising instants, we find ourselves in an odd place amongst good company with no certain reason. That innocently judgmental small-talk gravitates soon enough into those childhood stories cluttered amidst long-forgotten memories. And, as the presumptions of appearances are shed, the nostalgic empathy isn't that difficult to comprehend.

Therefore, when a sharp polyglot travel-writer Raina ("Night"; Manjari Phadnis, "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na") and a suave automative-designer Udayan ("Morning"; Harshvardhan Rane, "Sanam Teri Kasam") meet this way, a lot unearths between that car break-down and catching an alternative bus. Just like them, we feel glad to have taken that trip as we wholeheartedly wait for the 'night and day' to meet.

Under the upcoming film-director Aarti S Bagdi, it oozes with a story- telling delight; as the protagonists - (esp. Rane - who has come a long way since his Hindi film-debut) are spot on for our heart and curiosity both lie in their chemistry.

"Khamakha" serves as a sensible, 'clear-of-any-flashy-hoopla' example of modern, coming-of-age film-making in the largest film industry. There is decent editing, a background-score and a small track - thus, even the connoisseurs (and critics) wouldn't complain of watching this "Filmfare's People's Choice Award winner for Best Short- Film". The new-era of cine-goers could still perhaps have higher hopes; nevertheless they'd be on the lookout for more such works.

The film's rating: 8/10.

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