Review: Soumyo’s Short Film Oshomapto

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Soumyo’s short film Oshomapto strikes a debate between the cinema made today with the films made by yesteryear directors. The film begins with a reporter named Diganta Bagchi (Jammy Banerjee) who comes to interview a National Award winner director Abani Roychowdhury (Abhishek Roy). In the course of the conversation, it is revealed that Diganta is actually a hero of B and C grade Bengali movies and he urges Abani Roychowdhury to make his incomplete film Oshomapto and save cinema. Does he accept the proposal? Does he complete Oshomapto?

The making is smart. The narration of the film is linear and helps the audiences to understand the film easily. The cinematography is also good.

As per acting is concerned, Jammy does quite a good job as the actor who poses as the interviewer. Riya Paul Saha in her small role is also good. Abhishek Roy’s presentation of Abani Roychowdhury will remind many of Prosenjit Chatterjee’s roles in Autograph and Baishe Srabon.

One of the best things about the short film is that it highlights many of the pertinent issues that the Bengali film industry is facing now. From remakes of South Indian films to shutting down of single screens to casting couch- all have been addressed in the film.

Oshomapto is a good attempt!!

Priyanka Dutta

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