Kaashi in Search of Ganga is a 2018 Bollywood suspense thriller film directed by Dhiraj Kumar starring Sharman Joshi and Aishwarya Devan in lead roles. The film is a Bollywood debut for Aishwarya Devan. In supporting roles the film also stars Govind Namdev, Akhilendra Mishra, Paritosh Tripathi, Manoj Joshi and Manoj Pahwa. The film is directed by Dhiraj Kumar and written by Manish Kishore. The film has been produced by Insite India. The film is set in the Indian city of Benaras, also known as Kashi. Kaashi is a man who belongs to a community who are involved in performing cremation rituals.
The movie is about two siblings, Kaashi (Sharman Joshi) and his sister Ganga (Priyanka Singh). When Ganga goes missing, Kaashi starts the search to find her, but the main challenge begins when people refuse to even believe that Ganga exists. Devina (Aishwarya Devan) plays a journalist who helps in the search for Ganga.
Kaashi lives happily with his parents and sister Ganga. One evening his sister does not return home from college. He starts looking for Ganga along with Devina. He files a police report later that night and keeps his own search going. Next day, the college principal checks the records and informs that Ganga does not study there. She questions the character of Ganga which enrages Kaashi. He beats up some local goons who claims to have information on his sister but refuse to divulge it.
Devina finds one of Ganga’s college friend who is ready to talk though seems frightened. She informs that Ganga was having affair with Abhimanyu (son of Balwant Pandey, a local strongman). She has not seen Ganga since Ganga got pregnant. Enraged Kaashi threatens Balwant to return his sister safely. Balwant informs him that Abhimanyu is in Mussorie. Devina and Kaashi travel to Mussorie where Kaashi finds Abhimanyu with another woman in a hotel room. Abhimanyu pleads that he does not know any Ganga and is killed by Kaashi who is then arrested.
A disfigured dead body of a girl is found which is identified as Ganga based on the clothes she was wearing. The case moves to court. The lawyers fight things out. Some witness say they haven’t seen Ganga or her parents. Some say they exist. Kaashi’s parents are also not found at home. Amidst the confusion, a psychiatrist talks to Kaashi and informs the court that Kaashi is suffering from schizophrenia. An argument breaks out between him and Balwant in court. Kaashi grabs a gun and shoots Balwant dead (convinced that Balwant was the one who killed Ganga as Abhimanyu was in Mussorie ( Uttrakhand )from some time.
Kaashi is put in a psychiatric facility where he starts questioning his own sanity. Then the real story comes out. Devina is the one who is behind all this. Remorseful Devina confides to the girl who was earlier identified as Ganga’s friend. Devina says she wanted revenge but not at Abhimanyu’s cost. She goes and meet Kaashi and explain the whole story.
She tells Kaashi that he is suffering from schizophrenia and his parents and sister were dead long ago. He just imagines them and she identified his condition the first time she met him. Balwant was her father’s business partner and killed her family 15 years back. She used Kaashi and fabricated the story of Ganga gone missing, Ganga’s college friend was in fact Devina’s own sister. Kaashi now full of anger and sadness admits that he love Devina and wanted to spend his life with her. He then kills Devina and is shown lying next to her dead body.
In the last scene he is shown in the psychiatric facility living with Devina (who he is imagining).
Sharman Joshi as Kaashi Chaudhary
Aishwarya Devan as Devina
Govind Namdev as Balwant Pandey
Paritosh Tripathi as Rangeela
Kranti Prakash Jha as Babina
Manoj Joshi as Kaashi’s Lawyer
Akhilendra Mishra as Balwant’s Lawyer
Manoj Pahwa as a judge
Gauri Shankar as Inspector Ghanshyam Yadav
Joginder Tiwari as Chunnu
Mugdha Meharia as Shruti
Priyanka Singh as Ganga
Shahnawaz Khan as Murari
Mehul Surana as Abhimanyu Pandey
Pusshkar Tiwari as Munna