Tollywood film makers who were previously obsessed with the supernatural entities have now found a new object of obsession- the Bengali sleuths. The literature of Bengal is full of many eminent sleuths like Kakababu, Feluda, Byomkesh Bakshi, Rijuda and many more. The year 2014 ended with Byomkesh and Feluda and this New Year too began with one such individual. Though the individual in question is not the typical detective, he is an inspector of the Detective Department of Kolkata Police. His name is Shabor Dasgupta.
Based on Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s story Rwin, the film tells the tale of Mitali Ghosh who is murdered ruthlessly at her own residence. On the night of the murder, a party was organized by Mitali Ghosh. The question arises as to who actually murdered her. This leads to the entry of Shabor Dasgupta and his assistant who labors a lot to unveil the murderer.
Director Arindam Sil strikes gold yet again after his directorial debut with Aborto. The director who chose a great story (with great cinematic elements) for the film just had to look after the dialogues, the narrative structure and the cinematography. And yes he keeps quite a good track of all these three departments. The director keeps the suspense intact right till the end. For those in the audience who have read the story and even those who have not read the story, the treatment of the film will be quite satisfying an experience. The fact that Shabor actually tells the suspect why he is being suspected makes it interesting. However I found the chase sequences too lengthy, which could have been lessened by the director.
Camera work by Sirsha Ray deserves praise. The shots of various parts of the city like the Kalighat Temple or the ghats of the Ganges or evening scenes in Park Street all will strike a chord in the hearts of the audience.
Music plays an important part in any detective film and the music department has been well handled by Bickram Ghosh and the music also aids in taking the narrative forward.
Saswata Chatterjee who had been captivating the minds of the audience with his performances as Ajit in the Byomkesh films, is a revelation as Shabor Dasgupta. The change in his body language, the style of his speech all undergoes a change with the character. No wonder why Saswata Chatterjee is hailed as one of the most dependable actors in the Bengali film industry. Subhrojeet Dutta as his assistant is good in his part. Abir Chatterjee as Mithu is apt for the role. June Maliah, Swastika and Payel, all are credible in their roles. Deboleena Dutta and Rahul on the other hand were too loud and over the top in many of the scenes. Ritwick as Pantu shines amongst the lot. No other actor could have played the role with such gusto and enthusiasm.
Over all, it would not be an exaggeration to say that while Chotushkone marked a fantastic year end for Reliance Entertainment, Ebar Shabor ushered in an equally exciting and bright year for the producers; just hope the year continues on a similar high.
After the disastrous Troyee, I was apprehensive what the New Year has in store for the Bengali film loving audience. Thank You Arindam Sil for confirming that this year will usher in new hopes for the Industry. If a film buff, you may as well begin with your New Year quota of films with this gripping thriller Ebar Shabor!!!
Sholoana Bangaliana Rating-3.5/5
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