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Posted: March 31, 2018 in Books, Kaushik Ganguly

I am currently reading the book TOKYO CANCELLED by Rana Dasgupta. This is his debut novel and from the comments on the cover of the book I discovered that the book has been praised widely, while RD have been likened to a Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jonathan Safran Foer, masters who can hold the real and the surreal in satisfying equilibrium. This is quite an extra-ordinary feat achieved by such a young writer…

While reading the book two films that I have viewed over the years came to my mind. The first is the Bengali film KHAAD (D:- Kaushik Ganguly) where a group of stranded passengers recount tales from their lives, something that is also central to the narrative of TOKYO CANCELLED. The second is the Christopher Nolan film INCEPTION where there is interplay of dreams and reality and how mind reading can be put to work and profit, something that also appears in the RD book; especially in the second story THE MEMORY EDITOR…Watch this space for more as I progress with this book J



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The film ABORTO deals partly with relationships, and also weaves in corporate politics and rivalry into the narrative. In the past we have seen films based around corporates – the Satyajit Ray films SEEMABADDHA & MAHANAGAR & the Madhur Bhandarkar CORPORATE comes to mind. The film doesn’t borrow from the mentioned films and demonstrates the director Arindam Sil’s competency in handling several characters.

The ensemble cast of Tota Ray Chaudhury, Joya Ahsan, Saswata Chatterjee, Reshmi Ghosh, Abir Chatterjee, Pijush Ganguly, Ritwik Chakraborty, Barun Chanda, Arindam Sil & a wonderful cameo by Kaushik Ganguly add to the strength of the film. Some of the characters are weak though. The clicking of clandestine photos of the philandering executive (Tota RC) with his secretary (Reshma G) by the rustic Ritwik Chakraborty which was obviously something the management would have probed further in the light of character assassination of a senior member appeared rather out of place in the scheme of the wily opponent (Saswata C).

An improved script could have truly made this a memorable film.

Rating: 3.9 out of 5



Like its title KHAAD/ THE FALL the film I think is quite a fall from the high standards set by the director himself in his earlier films like SHABDO. The film is directed by Kaushik Ganguly from his own story.

A motley group of characters travelling to a hill station find themselves stranded in a station owing to a strike. Thereafter, they head to their destination in a missionary bus which meets with an accident and tumbles down a deep valley. Surprisingly, no one dies. They have to spend the night beneath as trekking would need 4-5 hours in the least and the daylight would last only a couple of hours…

During the night they make a bonfire and start making confession – a doc (Bharat Kaul) is exposed as unscrupulous, another reveal being an informer, an elderly cancer afflicted lady (Lily Chakraborty) reveal that she was a Muslim who adopted a Hindu name after marriage, and question whether her son Kaushik Ganguly is Hindu/Muslim? … one failed to comprehend what the director tried to convey through all this…The others in the cast includes Tanusree Chakraborty, Kamleshwar Mukhopadhyay and others.

Rating: 2.75 out of 5