Maach, Mishti and More (2013)

Posted: December 29, 2015 in Bangla 2010-2020, Bengali films, Soumitro Chattopadhyay



The times they’re a changing. The film captures the changes in the lives of the denizens of the city of Kolkata. The director Mainak Bhowmick adroitly captures the lives of a particular family and highlights the shifting values and currency in vogue through discussions, between the patriarch (Soumitro Chattopadhyay) with his grand son (about girls bearing expenses on a date or a trip to the movies, dropping the boy home in their bikes…), the illicit relationship the US returned husband of the grand-daughter (Swastika Mukherjee) develops without a sense of guilt, the difficulties in an inter-community marriage (the bong Parambrata falling for the Marwari girl)and a few other sub-plots constitute the narrative.

The camera lovingly captures the city of Kolkata especially in the sequences of Parambrata with Raima Sen. The new breed of film makers doesn’t shy away from bold sequences – here the actress Swastika indulges herself in cleavage bearing, smooching and smoking – something that an actress of the 1970s-1990s haven’t been seen doing onscreen in Bengali cinema.

The title refers to the name of a Bengali restaurant Swastika and her husband plans to open in New York on their return. Soumitro Chattopadhyay is as usual brilliant. It is a treat to watch this legend in some of his recent films like RUPKOTHA NOY & ANGSUMANER CHOBI along with this one.

Mainak Bhowmick is an interesting film-maker and an addition to the talent pool of new film-makers coming out of Kolkata, some of whom have already become an established name in the industry.

Rating: 3.6 out of 5 


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