Last week a Bengali film Hrid Majharey paid tribute to the Bard, William Shakespeare and this week a film releases which was inspired by one of the poems of Robert Browning. The film I am speaking about is New Bengali movie Ei Raat Tomar Amar which is based loosely on Porphyria’s Lover. The premiere of this film took place at Priya cinemas in the presence of the film’s crew comprising of actors Meghna Halder, Priyangshu Chatterjee, director Supriyo-Soummo and others like actor Aryann Bhowmick, designer Rajlakshmi and designer Gautam Ghoshe.
The story of the film is about childhood lovers Arya and Nivedita. They have grown up together and from a very tender age have harbored feelings of love for each other. However as luck would have it, they get separated due to Nivedita’s parents moving to a new house in a different locality. However their love remains. Arya meanwhile becomes a victim of an accident and develops a problem in walking. As a result the match between Arya and Nivedita is not accepted by Nivedita’s parents. They select a good and well settled boy for their only daughter. However Nivedita goes to meet Arya for the last time at his house and they spend time reminiscing about past days. They make love and Arya strangles her with her own long tresses. What happens next? Is Arya caught by the police? The film answers them all.
Director duo Soummo-Supriyo’s inspirations came from Robert Browning’s poem, Porphyria’s Lover. A slight trace of Browning’s other poem “The last Ride Together” can also be found in this film. The sense of Carpe Diem evident in the the poem has been used as the basis of this film. The feeling that this is their last meeting together and they must seize every moment has been shown in the film. For those who have already read the poem, they already know the outcome at the end. Hence it would have been better had the director duo tried to present the story in a different manner. That would have retained the interest of the audience till the end. Many sitting in the audience were just waiting when the hero would strangle the heroine. There is a déjà vu feeling to it. The problem with these literary stories is that many people have read them and unless you present it differently it becomes an arduous job for the audience to retain the interest levels. The complicacies of love life shown in the Abir-Raima starrer romantic saga Hrid Majharey compelled the audience to empathize with the couple and also feel for them but the makers of Ei Raat Tomar Amar could not evoke any such feelings in the hearts of the audience. A person seated in the audience will hardly feel any sympathy for this duo. However I will also like to add, when compared with the last film that this director duo made Sare Chuattor Ghoshpara, this is indeed a better film.
Actor Priyangshu Chatterjee and Meghna at the Premiere of Ei Raat Tomar Amar (You Tube)
Some loopholes in the story also strike out. When Nivedita’s family members were searching for her, they go to every other place looking for their daughter but leave the most obvious place- Arya’s house which was obviously quite illogical.
Acting wise Priyangshu and Meghna have done a good job. As the lovers who are meeting for the last time, they spark a good chemistry. But they fail to connect with the audience in more ways than one.
Music by Amit Dasgupta is quite pleasing. Canvase Monalisa, Ei raat tomar amar, Humse milne tum aaye are good numbers and suit the film quite well. However the song Sohag Chand Bodoni which has been given a remix touch does not sound good. It would have been better had the music director left the song as it is for some songs are better left with their original flavor.
Ei Raat Tomar Amar will offer nothing new and there is a déjà-vu feeling to the whole film.
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