Archive for the ‘Bangla 2010-2020’ Category

shabdo

I have watched Kaushik Ganguly’s SHABDO umpteen numbers of times. I rank this film very highly and feel this is as ground-breaking a work as Ray’s PATHER PANCHALI & Mrinal Sen’s BHUVAN SHOME. The two main protagonists in the film are a dedicated foley artist and a lady doctor, who is trying to diagnose the debilitating condition of the foley artist, where the foley man seems to be lost in his own acoustic world, unable to appreciate and communicate in real world situations. The doctor too is extremely dedicated and the deteriorating situation of her patient affects her tremendously.

The film gives an insight into technicalities and contribution of sound engineers in filmmaking. Ritwik Chakraborty and Churni Ganguly enact the protagonist. The supporting cast includes Victor Bannerjee, Raima Sen, Srijit Mukherjee and others.

Rating: 4 out of 5

drishtikone

DHRISTIKONE – A woman (Rituparna Sengupta) who loses her husband (Kaushik Sen) in a mysterious car accident hires a married lawyer (Praenjit Chaterjee). An adulterous affair ensue … there is intrigue in the plot at multiple levels – in the case the lawyer is fighting for his client and the relationship he gets drawn into. The wife (Churni Ganguly) gradually gets to know about the transgression of her lawyer husband. The other characters like the brother of the deceased (Kaushik Ganguly) , wheel-chair bound (he was in the same car with his brother which met with an accident), and his maid (Dolon Roy) have intrigue written all over the narrative.

The film touches upon issues of familial love and infedility, human greed and the resultant consequences & an irrational need to cling on to the departed. The end is satisfying containing an interesting twist in the tale. Well-directed by Kaushik Ganguly.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

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

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

 

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

 

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This film explores interesting issues like loyalty in relationships, dedication towards duty vs. family, the differences of outlook in class divide (rich-poor), pangs of loneliness and its consequences, the complexities of choices one has to make in life. One could detect shades of Ajay Kar’s SAAT PAKE BADHA but the originality of the film is certainly unmistakable. I liked the way the film ended when one was expecting that all would be settled towards the end. The main cast includes Sabyasachi Chakraborty as the protagonist doctor, Debasree Roy as an ex-painter cum housewife, Chitra Sen and others.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5