Archive for the ‘Abir Chaterjee’ Category

BISARJAN is a heart-warming film in the sense that it depicts a magnanimous tale of rescue and growing bond between two unlikely protagonists – a Muslim man (Abir Chaterjee) from India and a Hindu widow (Maya Ahson) from Bangladesh. Both the protagonists are from the minority community in their respective countries. With the rise of fundamentalist forces across the two countries, this essentially humane story weaves in issues like loneliness, love and sacrifice, lust and betrayal, and the power of commune to reform individuals.

The filming qualities – of the unfolding of the narrative, the camerawork and the use of background songs are superlative bearing the stamp of a great filmmaker. Like Gautam Ghose’s SHANKACHIL this particular film weaves in sub-texts of Indo-Bangladesh ties across the border areas, though both the films are essentially human tales. The director Kaushik Ganguly acts in a supporting role of the suitor for the widow with elan.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Chaya

A Kaushik Ganguly film is always something to look forward to and rarely does he disappoint. Like Tapan Sinha, he has made films on a wide range of subjects. One of his latest works CHAYA O CHOBI has a stellar cast of Koel Mullick, Abir Chatterjee, Churni Ganguly, Ritwik Chakraborty and provides an absorbing fare.

A UK based documentary filmmaker (Churni Ganguly) ventures into making feature films and takes her entire unit to North Bengal to shoot on location. The story written by the director Kaushik Ganguly unfolds a plot that has elements of a thriller, but is essentially a film about human relationships. It offers an insight into the happenings and hardships of the filmmaking process and the personal lives of the actors. Several twists in the tale keeps one engaged. Koel Mullick and Ritwik Chakraborty are superb and Abir gives good support. Not really among the best works of the director KG, but nonetheless quite watchable. The beauty of North Bengal lends CHAYA O CHOBI a visual quality that has an appealing effect.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5

 

BADSAHIE ANGTI is a fairly engaging thriller directed by Sandip Ray. A mystery thriller in the Feluda series created by Satyajit Ray, this story is based on a plot involving a ‘royalty ring’ weaving in historical fiction, murder, pilferage and threats against the backdrop of royal Lucknow. It is interesting to observe how several competent actors have donned the mantle of the detective through the years – Soumitro Chattopadhyay, Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Abir Chattopadhyay (who plays Feluda in this film).

This is an early Feluda story and so ‘Jatayu’ aka Lal Mohan Ganguly is yet to arrive on the scene. The rest of the cast contributes to making the film a watchable fare – Dipankar De, Biswajit Chakraborty, Paran Bandopadhyay, Bharat Kaul, Rajatava Dutta and others.

An observation I made from the Feluda films I have watched is that women hardly figures in the scheme of things whereas in the other films of Satyajit Ray they have strong roles.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5