Churni Ganguly’s debut film Nirbashito had won accolades on the national and international circuit before its release in Kolkata. I was initially apprehensive as I had thought that the film will be too serious and will make statements on political issues. However I was pretty surprised at the way the film unfolded.
The film Nirbashito is the story of a writer who has to go on exile due to her liberal views on religion and her take on patriarchy. Trouble unfolds when she has to leave her dear cat, Baaghini back at her home. The cat is not only a pet but is like a daughter for the writer. The cat leads a lonely life and so does the writer in her exile. The writer’s friends try to send the cat to her but they do not succeed. She seeks solace in her new found friends in Sweden. The writer also realizes that values like commitment and humanity go across petty religious or political boundaries.
Actor turned director Churni Ganguly’s debut film gives the audience “food for thought”. It does not preach or underline any issue. It simply showcases what happens to an individual (woman in this case) when the person independently states facts which are not liked by the macrocosm of the society. The administration takes steps to prevent Baaghini to be sent to the writer in Sweden. This also suggests the high handed measures that the administration often takes to make their point to the people and suppress their individual liberties.
The film is cinematically beautiful and has been shot extremely well. Sirsha Ray, the DoP of the film deserves praise for the excellent camera work. The camera angles blended well with the way the director chose to narrate this tale of loneliness of a writer in exile.
The acting department consisting of Churni Ganguly, Raima Sen, Saswata Chatterjee along with Swedish actors Lars Bethke, Lia Boysenis, Martin Wallstrom, Joakim Granberg and Yohanna Idha have done a commendable job. They actually help in carrying forth the movie and also making the audience yearn for the writer to come back to her homeland.
Special mention must be made of the cat that played the role of Baaghini. She surely made a mark amongst the big names in the acting list. While the performance by the Labrador in Srijit Mukherji’s film Nirbaak had been highly praised by the audience and critics alike, the cat’s performance in Churni Ganguly’s Nirbashito is above all praises and criticisms. Baaghini is simply adorable!
Nirbashito is not a film which preaches anything or protests against anything. It is simply a beautifully told tale of an exiled writer and her cat. The film deserves to be seen for the human emotions it portrays.
Sholoana Bangaliana Rating: 4/5
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