Addressing a common, but rarely known health problem, alopecia, Gone Kesh is an honest approach in bringing the point home, but it is also predictable. While the acting talents are without a doubt on point, the editing of the film needed to be tighter, to engage fully. It is still difficult to believe Shweta Tripathi is 33-years-old! She plays a teenager and looks like one.
What’s it about: Set in Siliguri, Gone Kesh is a film about Enakshi Dasgupta (Shweta Tripathi) who is diagnosed with alopecia, and her life goes upside down. Covering the time frame from when the teenaged Enakshi finds out she has alopecia, till she turns 25 and has lost all her hair now, the film travels with her, showing what she goes through and how she deals with it.
The film opens to a Rishta happening, where the boy’s side of the family are happy and okay with everything until they realize that the girl is bald, and they run away. Though it didn’t set the base as hard-hitting as it could have been, we realise along the film that Enakshi is not your cry-baby kinda girl.
Enakshi is just like any other girl — good in academics, dreams of becoming a successful dancer, wants her parents to be happy — but she is bald. Yet beautiful, she is not given to playing the victim card or the abhla nari all the time. Qasim Khallow, the director of the film, deals with the problem in an expected way but doesn’t let the outer world gaze overpower his narrative like we see a lot of times, and he deserves credit for that.
Yay: As we mentioned earlier, the story is not about how the world is looking at her, but is about her own inner battle and what she is thinking and going through. The best part is the cast of the film. Shweta Tripathi as the lead Enakshi, is relatable and has gotten into character making it look very real. Vipin Sharma playing her father gets his part perfectly. His is the best character sketch out of all. He is given a layer which deals with his aim to board a flight someday, watch the film to know if he does, but he is a treat! Deepika Amin as Enakshi’s mother is good with what she is given. And Jitendra Kumar, is pure. Love is visible in his eyes and in the short screen time and space he gets, he lightens up the frame with his cuteness.
Nay: The editing of the film is not consistent, and jars sometimes. The screenplay jumps into different time-frames which gives you no scope to wink, and feel tiresome. All the different angles and the predictable storyline take away from the film. The songs don’t add much either. Breaking the fourth wall in the end didn’t come across as hard hitting as it should have.
CineBlitz Verdict: It is a small film and a heartfelt story of a girl that the director wants to tell. Many may think it should have been an OTT release, but that is the maker’s prerogative to choose the platform he wants to show his story on. Watch it for the acting performances, as they are amazing. Don’t go in expecting you will be moved or shattered because even the makers don’t want that.