Archive for the ‘jishu sengupta’ Category

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



The Anjan Dutt directed film BYOMKESH BAKSHI (2015) is based on a story KAHEN KABI KALIDAS by Saradindu Bandopadhyay. The film centers around a murder and workers unrest in a coal mining town in Bihar. It is rightly paced for a thriller and sustain interest till the end.

Many of the characters have shades of grey. This makes for an absorbing fare and the unusual ending raises it above the average fare.

The camerawork is good and the suspenseful sequences are handled competently. In the acting department Jishu Sengupta in the titular role and Saswata Chatterjee as his assistant Ajit are first rate. Kunal Sen, Deb Dutt and others act in supporting roles. Music by Neel Dutt.

Rating: 3.7 out of 5


Jaatiswar (Reincarnation) :

Bengali cinema has the distinction of using non-realism (elements of fantasy/reincarnation) to craft great cinema. Chorus, Paras Pathar, Aasete asiona, Thana theke aaschei, Sonar Kella, Ichhapuran, Golpo Holeo
Satti, Khudita Pasan, Aschorjo Pradip… the list keeps growing with the addition of films like ‘Jaatiswar.’ The Srijit Mukherjee directed film uses a multi-layered narrative to unfold a romantic story at its core (Jishu-Swastika) laced with great music that connects a bygone era (invocation of the ‘Anthony Firingee’ tale of re-incarnation) with the present (Jishu’s attempt to woo Swastika through music).
The film has its strength: a great performance by Prasenjit Chattopadhyay (as Kushal Hazra who suffers from a debilitating disease of memory loss owing to the memory of his past birth superimposing itself onto the present one), haunting songs by Kabir Suman, innovate camerawork and use of colors (black & white for the serious moments/sepia tone during flashback/ natural bright color during romantic sequences). Jishu Sengupta and Swastika Mukherjee are likeable in the film.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5