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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

 

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It seems Bengali cinema is poised for good times with a number of filmmakers exploring fresh subjects and themes. MACHER JHOL directed by Pratim D Gupta falls in this category.

The film tries an attempt –to- return- to-roots of a successful chef (Ritwik Chakraborty) in France to Kolkata when his mother is seriously ill and hospitalized. The film has sufficient human drama and relationship subtext (father-son differences, left behind wife in Kolkata) to engage the viewer’s interests. Some aspects seem cliché though (the birth of a son kept as a secret)… the protagonist is flawed too. He accuses his father of being selfish, while he himself deserted his wife and went abroad and never bothered to ask about her during his telephonic talk back home with his mother.

I particularly think that the ending was unconventional where the chef returns to his French girlfriend when the viewers were probably developing a sense that the protagonist would stay back with his wife and son …besides Ritwik, the film features Mamata Shankar as the mother, Sumanta Mukherjee as the father, Paoli Dam as the wife in Kolkata and others…

Rating: 3.5 out of 5