After a long time a smart Bengali horror-thriller movie has hit the movie screens and it is none other than director Birsa Dasgupta’s Golpo Holeo Shotti, an adaptation of the 2012 Tamil film, Pizza.
Rudra (Soham) is a pizza delivery boy living-in with Anuradha (Mimi Chakraborty) who is a ghost novel writer. Anuradha keeps scaring Rudra with her horror stories and practical jokes but Rudra, an unbeliever in ghosts, keeps laughing at her. Anuradha warns him that a day will soon come when he will encounter something paranormal and will start believing in ghosts. Then one day Rudra goes to a house to deliver pizza and it is there that something paranormal happens to him that changes the whole course of his life. Saying anything more about the plot would be a total spoiler. But this much can be said safely that Golpo Holeo Shotti is a combination of two genres – horror and suspense thriller. An unexpected twist comes around at almost the end of the movie that merges the two genres together.
Soham as Rudra, the middle class pizza delivery boy, is much convincing and good. He enacts all three shades of his character, namely romantic, horror and thriller, with much ease. Mimi, on the other hand as Anuradha is brilliant. She brings certain nuances with her acting that makes her at times sweet and at times scary and mysterious. There is one particular scene almost at the end of the movie where Anuradha is telling something to Rudra and even as Mimi enacts it with prowess she brings out a frightening effect even while not speaking of anything scary. Rajatava Dutta as Ratul Ghosh, the owner of the pizza outlet is good and for a change not so loud in his acting as he is in most of his other films. Sujan Mukherjee as Lala the chef and Debapratim Dasgupta as Poshupoti the cashier of the outlet do ok in their not-so-meaty roles. Sayani Ghosh, as the lady to whom Rudra goes for pizza delivery, also has done a very good job. Kaushik Chakraborty, as her husband passes of as ok, as again there is not much to prove in the very short role he assays.
Birsa Dasgupta has treated this film very well. Eespecially the treatment during the horror scenes are very gripping and even at times spine-chilling. The cinematography by Shubhankar Bhar is very good and the lighting in certain scenes is brilliant. To add to that, the BGM of the film by Indraadip Dasgupta is equally gripping and effective. The songs are sweet and melodious. Editor Bodhaditya Banerjee has done fine but we sure have seen better works than this one from him.
The only problem with the film is that it begins with the ordinary love-life of Rudra and Anuradha and drags on a bit without anything scary or gripping happening. One expects in a horror flick moments and events of fear and suspense from the word ‘go’ but here one has to wait more than that for the actual paranormal activity to begin.
Another slight disappointment is perhaps caused by the posters of the film (one showing Mimi with bloody palms and lips and another showing her dangling upside down from a window) which clearly hint at a different storyline and misleads one to expect to see more of Mimi in the film and her active role in the paranormal which in reality is not the case. And personally speaking, when I see the poster of any film I tend to form a visual and an outline of the story in my mind and hence going by the posters of Golpo Holeo Shotti was much of a disappointment to me as I was expecting to see the ‘ghost’ Mimi or a ‘possessed’ Mimi.
Nevertheless, misleading posters or not, Golpo Holeo Shotti is definitely worth a watching, all the more because this is the first horror-thriller genre from director Birsa Dasgupta. And just for trivia, all Birsa Dasgupta fans do get to see Bidipta, his actor-wife and (a surprise in) little Ida, their real-life daughter, in a cameo in the film which is definitely heart-warming. So do go and get yourselves a ticket and be prepared to let out a frightened scream or two or snap your eyes shut with fear as you watch Golpo Holeo Shotti.
Golpo Holeo Shotti | Theatrical Trailer | Soham | Mimi | Birsa Dasgupta | 2014 (You Tube)
Golpo Holeo Shotti Movie Review By:
Ms. Nivedita Dey is a Post Graduate in English from Stella Maris College, Chennai and has been working in the films and television industry since 2006 as a story and script writer and creative consultant. Nivedita has written for TV programs for channels like Star Jalsha, Life OK, Star Plus, Channel 8 etc. Nivedita has spent quite a few years in Mumbai working in the entertainment Industry there and is currently based in Kolkata and is working as a writer and creative consultant for one of Kolkata’s leading Production Houses.
Nivedita has keen interest in literature, cinema, social and political issues and enjoys expressing her views by way of guest blogs and articles in popular columns and web portals.