Director (Late) Anjan Das whose films like Bedeni, Banshiwala, Achin Pakhi, Iti Srikanta were mainly based on literature, have often been tagged as poetic and lyrical. A point worth noting is that of all his films three are based on the stories by eminent poet Joy Goswami. His last film Ajana Batas released recently. Let’s see how much poetic and lyrical this film is and whether it lived up to the mark set up by the other films of the director.
Ajana Batas is the story of a girl Deepa who hails from a small town. She lives in Kolkata and works as a copywriter in an ad agency based in Kolkata. Time passes by and she realizes that she is unable to communicate with the people around her. Problem becomes even critical when she tries to say something and a mysterious breeze simple takes away her words. She continues with her struggle to communicate her lost thoughts to others, but in vain. Can Deepa overcome this state? Is she again able to communicate her thoughts to the others?
Director (Late) Anjan Das’ last film Ajana Batas walks on the lines of being a poetic film so much that it rejects the steers far from reality. The narrative structure is not rhythmical as one would have accepted from such a poetic film. Based again on the writing by Joy Goswami, reality is at the back foot with poetic expressions getting more prominence. For example, the mystic wind which makes her unable to communicate may sound good for a poem but in reality, the audiences will have a hard time relating with it. Chances are audiences will be relating her state with that of a psychological disorder like schizophrenia. Leave aside the audiences- even the characters in the film consider her and her uncle to be mentally unstable due to their belief in the mystical wind.
The director’s earlier films like Achin Pakhi, Bedeni and his last film Ajana Batas all suffer from the same problem- lack of pace. This drags the film at times and tends to get boring. Ajana Batas lacks energy too. Everyone walks, talks, but only because they are asked to. I hardly could find any life in the characters.
Acting by the cast lacks chemistry. Everyone is acting alone. There is hardly any link between them. Paoli is average and nothing exceptional. Shankar Chakraborty as her uncle or Vikram as her boyfriend also do not add much to the acting department. Kaushik Sen again shines in this film as the renowned poet.
Ajana Batas did not touch me. With due respect to the late director, (whose other films did struck a chord in my heart) Ajana Batas can be left alone. Not all mystical winds are to be known..
Sholoana Bangaliana Rating- 2/5
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