Posted: January 10, 2014 in 100 remarkable Bengali films, Cinema techniques


‘Herbert’ is a significant work in the context of Bengali cinema. This is the first directorial effort of Suman Mukhopadhyay, a person with a background in the Theatres. The work is based on a prize winning novel by Nabarun Bhattacharyya.

The director weaves a lot of non-narrative techniques in unfolding the plot of a neglected young man (Subhashis Mukhopadhday) in a typical Bengali household. In his childhood, he used to observe the happenings in the neighbourhood from the terrace of his house. He also has a brief fling with a girl who moves into the locality and then goes off elsewhere. The political climate of Kolkata is seen through the character of the nephew (Neel Mukhopadhyay) of Herbert, a Naxal activist who comes to stay with the family of the protagonist for a while. Herbert gradually lends a helping hand in the movement. The protagonist also discovers that he could predict future events accurately and this leads people to hail him as ‘one with miraculous power.’ The ‘Society of Rationalists’ gets in the way of the burgeoning business of our protagonist. What happens at the end? Watch the film to find out.


The director deserves applause for breaking away from conventional story-telling approach which lends the film an innovate touch. The film also stars Lily Chakraborty, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Bratya Basu and others.

Rating: 4.2 out of 5


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