Incredulous and quirky, yet a rather entertaining movie – this is debutant director Anik Dutta at his hilarious best. A satirical tale woven around spooks, who are gradually finding themselves without proper shelter in the increasingly concrete jungle that Kolkata has become in modern times owing to the onslaught of unscrupulous builders. A budding filmmaker (Parambrata Chatterjee) comes to shoot an eerie film in a huge feudal mansion, and be-friends one of the residents (Sabyasachi Chakraborty) who narrates a film script he had written weaving the history of the mansion and its inmates.

In terms of influences, Bhooter Bhobisat bears several influences. The use of limmericks (rhyming as in Ray’s HIRAK RAJAR DESHE), references to use of handheld camera (Mrinal Sen’s CALCUTTA 71), the unadulterated comedy as seen in the films of Bhanu, Johar, Robi Ghosh & Chinmoy Roy films. The film camouflages several topical issues: the consequences of urbanization, and even pokes fun at our Anglicization – our obsession with things from the west thorugh the character of George Baker, the young musician.


The film was shot in the Sreerampur Rajbari. Besides the mentioned actors, the cast also includes Paran Bandopadhyay, George Baker, Swastika Mukherjee, Meer and others.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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