New Bengali Film Nirbaak Review; “Chupkothar Rupkotha” is how Sholoana Bangaliana Film Analyst Sanjib Banerji Describes the New Srijit Mukherji Film


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In a quick telephonic conversation with Mr. Sanjib Banerji, whose reviews the Sholoana Bangalina readers eagerly look forward to, the team got some insights into Srijit Mukherji’s New Bengali Film Nirbaak. Here’s what the review looks like:

Sholoana Bangaliana: Srijit Mukherji’s New Film Nirbaak has released and is successfully running in theaters…. So coming straight to the point, did the movie have a “Bolti Bandh” kind of effect on you or is it just Brand Srijit Mukherji selling again?

Sanjib Banerji: Nirbaak is definitely not a typical Srijit Mukherjee film. ‘Typical’ not in a derogatory way but his films have a package with star value, music, thriller elements etc and Nirbaak definitely is not about all this. Though the actors who have acted in Nirbaak are stars in their own right, Nirbaak is more about art and the subtle expression, something that has never been tried in Tollywood and as far as my knowledge goes not even in Bollywood.

Honestly, it did have a ‘Bolti Bandh’ kind of effect on me but the reasons were very different. Those who consider watching Srijit’s films a style statement may talk about the film and appreciate it but to understand the film one needs to know psychology, art and film making. Srijit intends to convey that nature has its own language which is far different from Humans and here “Silence’ acts as the medium of communication. Nirbaak is really different and a revolution per say!

Apart from everything Srijit, Sushmita Sen was the biggest USP of Nirbaak.. How has she fared as an actress in the film?

Nothing extraordinary from her! She was required in the film as the connecting medium but I feel that even without this connecting medium the film could have been made and told more impactfully. She was fair and not extraordinary. Also, the USP remained with Tollywood and did not pass of to Mumbai but having said that I would like to state that Nirbaak’s USP is nothing but its concept.

Mr. Dutt, Jisshu and Ritwick are definitely great actors and do give their best in whatever they do.. Do you have any special comments reserved for each one (in terms of their performance in the Bengali film Nirbaak)

O yes definitely!

Anjun Dutt: Samson Gomes would have never been as realistic without Anjan Dutt. Without Dutt the first story about the self-obsessed middle aged man, would have never been so alive and credible. Dutt is simply great and more films should be made with this man. The way Mr. Anjan Dutt sheds off all inhibitions and portrays pulls off such a character as Samson Gomes will overwhelm his fans. Mr. Dutt, I feel used a blend of method and behavioral acting and that is something that makes his character portrayals so alive and credible. Hats off to Srijit for convincing Mr. Dutt to portray Gomes!

Ritwick: Completely an instinctive and behavioral actor! Tollywood’s Irrfan Khan I say. He is his own competition. The story in which he features is about a morgue falling in love with a dead body and it is only Ritwick who could carry this. He mostly had extensive monologues and none other than Ritwick could carry it off so well.

Jisshu: He is growing and getting better with every film. But the best of Jisshu is yet to come. Jisshu’s presence has a national appeal and he can very well be a part of urban Hindi films too.

Many online critics have already said that Nirbaak is one film that not all my like or even be able to comprehend. Don’t you think working on such scripts is a big risk and would you say that it is only Srijit who can pull off such a script so fearlessly?

Yes it is different but I feel apart from Srijit, Kaushik Ganguly, Gautam Ghose and Aparna Sen can even present such concepts with much élan. But then again, it is Srijit who has taken the risk and made the film so hats off to him for actually doing it, that too being the youngest of all the above mentioned successful and capable directors.

The actors have indeed done a great job but the story is also said to have a possessive bitch….. Was the director really able to show the animal’s emotions on screen?

Yes, as much as was cinematically possible was done. I personally did not find any lack of communication. The bitch was great in her bit.

With no musical score per say and no clichéd audience pulling techniques, Nirbaak stands strong as a film that communicates the subtle emotions of nature and takes the focus off from just humans to the larger canvas of the world. Various interpretations of love, passion and obsession have been beautifully portrayed in Nirbaak and those who are yet to watch it must take time off for this short, crisp and thought provoking film.

New Bengali Film Nirbaak Review by:

SanjibWriter and Creative director of upcoming Bengali film Sesh Anko, Sanjib Banerji takes a keen interest in both Old and Contemporary/modern Bengali literature and cinema and has written several short stories for Bengali Little magazines too. He also runs a little magazine in Bangla, named – Haat Nispish, which has completed its 6th consecutive year in the last Kolkata International Book Fair. Being the eldest grandson of Late Sukumar Bandopadhaya, who was the owner of HNC Productions and an eminent film producer cum distributor of his time (made platinum blockbusters with Uttam Kumar, like “Prithibi Aamarey Chaaye”, “Indrani” and several others), Sanjib always nurtured an inherent aspiration of making it big and worthy in the reel arena and his crisp and honest reviews on Bengali films have always been appreciated by readers of Sholoana Bangaliana.
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