Houseful (2009)

Posted: April 15, 2016 in Bangla 2001-2010, Bappaditya Bandopadhyay, Bengali films, Prasenjit, Ritwik Ghatak


HOUSEFUL has autobiographical elements and depict an arty filmmaker’s difficulties to cope with changing times. The director Bappaditya Bandopadhyay peppers his film with allusion to Kieslowski (Camera Buff), Ritwik Ghatak and Raj Kapoor and has thematic similarities with Guru Dutt’s KAAGAZ KE PHOOL. While the filmmaker’s previous work have all been rejected for critical acclaim and by the box-office as well leading to bankruptcy and his wife and son moving out, the present film would be financed mortgaging his ancestral house until strangers with terms and conditions crop up to provide the moolah. The last ditch effort of the director Nikhil (Prasenjit Chattopadhyay in a splendid performance) not to compromise with his artistic temperament also lead to a failure & the concluding sequence show his willingness to remake commercial potboilers from the south for his future project to cater to the demand of the masses..a pessimistic ending in lines with Godard’s “Cinema is dead”?

The supporting cast includes Sreelekha Mitra, Rita Dutta Chakraborty, Rimjhim Gupta and others.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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