Archive for the ‘Aniruddha Roy Choudhury’ Category

BUNO HAANSH unfolds the story of an unsuspecting youth who gets trapped in the activities of an International smuggling racket. Amol (Dev) lives in a poor colony in Kolkata with his Mother, elder brother and his wife. Theirs is a needy family. Through his friend’s contact Amol meets an influential lady of the nefarious group (MoonMoon Sen). Soon, he is criss-crossing the world, from Dacca to Bangkok, meeting dubious people and handling over illegal stuff to them. In the process, Amol moves further away from his family and his lady-love (Srabonti) who is battling a debilitating ailment..

In Bangkok Amol meets a mysterious girl J (Tanusree Chakraborty). She reveals to Amol that she did a course in tourism in Kolkata and was recruited by a travel company for a plum assignment in Bangkok. When she reached Bangkok, her passport was taken away by the company and she was coerced to work as an Escort. She somehow managed to grab her passport and flee from that place. Now goons are on the lookout for her…

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The film is based on a story by Samaresh Mazumdar and directed by Aniruddha Roy Choudhury. The director ARC is repeatedly working to expand the breadth of meaningful Bengali cinema in terms of locales. In his APARAJITA TUMI he shot at several cities in the United States. Even in this film he takes the Bengali viewer to Dacca, Bangkok and other International destinations.

Some sequences in the film are hauntingly filmed and lingers in one’s mind. Like the shot where Amol goes to visit his ancestral village and picks up mud and smears it on his face, a dream that his father harbored of visiting his native village in East Bengal.

The director keeps the ending open-ended. I particularly liked the way the film ended. None of the relationship is taken towards a logical conclusion. The character of J is quite interesting. She is ambitious and quite ethical in her dealings. She is practical too, and when Amol could not get a Visa, J doesn’t let her sentiments bog her down.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5

 

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Antaheen is based on a story of the director Aniruddha Roy Choudhury. It shows urban life in a metro like Kolkata where relationships develop online, love and bonding exist even though couples live separately, and where longing, greed, journalistic scoop, parties and tragedies coalesce into an integrated whole. The film has a lyrical quality about it, and veterans like Aparna Sen and Sharmila Tagore are at their ravishing best.

In the film Aparna and Kalyan Ray play a couple who live separately. Aparna is an editor in a publishing house, while Kalyan is immersed in his own cushy life in Mumbai devouring books and downing fine wine. Radhika Apte plays a TV journalist on the lookout for sensational stories. She meets the cop (Rahul Bose) in a party and a relationship develops between them. There is an online angle to their relationship as well. The character of the cop (Rahul Bose) appears a bit too poetic for a cop.

The title of the film can be attributed to the ‘endless wait’ of some of the principal characters for their desires and longings to come to fruition. Like the character of Pishima (Sharmila Tagore) of the cop who waits for the unknown phone caller with whom she started a conversational relationship with an inkling of it having the potential of becoming a full blown one. Even the relationship of Aparna and Kalyan, quite affectionate at times, doesn’t head towards reconciliation. As Rahul Bose’s character says in the film “Possibly his brother Kalyan & sister-in-law Aparna aren’t too sure of what they want from the relationship.” Moreover, towards the end with the tragedy that transpired, would Rahul now wait endlessly  for a reunion in after-life with his paramour?

The supporting cast includes Mita Vashisht, Arindam Sil and others.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

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Based on a story by the late Sunil Gangopadhyay the film narrates the tale of a pair of unhappy Bengali couple in the US who are supposedly successful in their lives. A melancholic tone pervades the entire movie.

Pradeep (Prasenjit Chatterjee) and his wife Kuhu (Padmapriya Janakiraman) who has a sharp tongue falls apart. Their good friends, a couple Ranojoy (Chandan Roy Sanyal) and Ursashi (Kamalinee   Mukherjee)  also leaves the town and moves to San Jose after Ursashi was tremendously hurt by the criticism of Kuhu about her cooking at a dinner she had hosted in honor of Bengali acting legend Soumitro Chattopadhyay at her house.

On business assignments, Pradeep has to visit different cities in the US. On one such occasion, she visits San Jose, and a covert relationship develops between him and Ursashi. In the meanwhile, Kuhu meets her former Bangladeshi lover Usuf(Indraneil Sengupta) after a long time. Inspite of her initial resistance, she can’t hold him back for long. You get the drift … some characters I feel have no relevance to the plot. An uncle of Kuhu living in the US hallucinates and goes running out on the roads in a bid to reach a railway station in Kolkata, apparently a flashback to an incident 30 years back in his life. The director (Aniruddha Bhattacharyya) pays scant attention to the child characters – son and daughter of Pradeep and Kuhu. An illness brings Pradeep and Kuhu together, but will they live happily ever after?

To find out watch this film whose redeeming features are the beautiful US locales (Ranjan Palit’s camerawork is splendid) where it has been mostly shot, some poetic sequences especially towards the denouement as well as some credible acting by the lead characters. The director pays a sort of homage to Scorcese’s TAXI DRIVER where Pradeep (like Travis Bickle) is seen in a particular sequence moonlighting in the street .. Tanusree Sankar acts in a supporting role.

Rating: 3 out of 5