Bengali cinema continues to spring a surprise now and then. It is heartening to find a brilliant film from the relatively new actor-turned-director Parambrata Chattopadhyay (PC). The film SONAR PAHAR (Mountain of Gold) features the return of veteran Bollywood actress Tanuja (Teen Bhubaner Parey, Adalat O Ekti Mey) to the Bengali screen and portrays her as a lonely widower who values her independent existence living by herself in an ancestral house. She has differences with her son (Jishu Sengupta) and especially her daughter-in-law (Arunima Ghosh). Enters a young boy from orphanage self-proclaimed to be afflicted with AIDS into her life through the iniatiative of her son’s friend (PC)…

The film traces the growing bond between the duo and how the lady tries to fill the vaccum in her life caused by the actual absence of her son in her life through the orphan boy. This is a touching film that deals with the loneliness of the elderly and the complexities that arise in human relationships and advocates the need to walk the extra mile to fill the void caused by the rift with one’s immediate family members.

Kudos to PC for a brilliant direction… The filming qualities are top-notch effectively capturing the sombre mood of the film with the much-needed lighter sequences in a neat package. The veteran actor Soumitro Chattopadhyay features in a cameo.

Rating; 3.8 out of 5

 

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