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New Bengali Movie ‘Jara Roddure Bhijechilo’ Review; Tagore Laden!

The very name of the film by Bhargonath Bhattacharya will remind many of another Bengali movie Jara Bristite Bhijechilo. However it has no connections with the film. This film pays tribute to Rabindranath Tagore and also raises some pertinent questions.

The film is the story of Daroka Bhaduri who is the member of a laughter club. He is an old widower and his only son and daughter-in-law live in the U.S. with their only son and Daroka Babu’s only grandson. The story develops when his son along with his family comes back home after Daroka becomes a prey to illness. It is during this time that he gets busy introducing his five year old grandson to the legacy of the Bard. What happens next is the core content of the New Bengali film Jara Roddure Bhijechilo.

The film had a good message and deals with a pertinent issue. However what fails the movie is the faulty storyline. The storyline is what the director should have paid more attention to. In his bid to pay tribute to the Bard, the director has made the storyline too full of Tagore which becomes heavy on the plot of the grandfather and the grandson. What I as a rational individual failed to understand is why will Daroka Bhaduri’s son refuse to remain in India when he can live in comfort here more so, because in the U.S. too he is not financially well off and his wife has to sell flowers to support the family.

The actors do a good job in this heavy Tagore laden film. The child actor, Soumitro Chatterjee as Daroka Bhaduri, June as the daughter-in-law all do justice to their roles. Arjun Chakraborty as Soumitro’s alter-ego also does a fine job in the film. However the Tagore motifs all become too heavy on the script and also on the actors in the film.

The songs in the film are good to listen to and music director Piloo Bhattacharya receives a thumbs up for such good work.

Jara Roddure Bhijechilo is logical at times, lacks good storytelling techniques but the topic selected was a pertinent one. If you are a diehard fan of the Bard, go get yourself drenched in the rays of the Bard.


Bengali Movie Jara Roddure Bhijechilo Audio Music Album Launch

Sholoana Bangaliana Rating-2/5

Jara Roddure Bhijechilo Movie Review By:
Priyanka

Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.

 

 

 

 

New Bengali Film Britto Movie Review; An Average Fare but for the Talented Ena

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Britto is a Bengali word which means a circle. This can refer to circle of life too. In this circle of life, comes deceit, love friendship and all the other human values and emotions. Recently released film Britto deals with these myriad human emotions.

Bitto begins with the marriage of Rony and Mrittika. As the film proceeds, we are shown that Rony is just the average guy with no special skill at his disposal and with no ambition in his life. He fails to keep his job and also earns a fixed income for his family. Mrittika who is mature for her age takes up the job of an escort and pulls the family out of the financial crisis. However she looks for love and due recognition, which she gets from Debdatta. She gets the opportunity to make her name as a singer. But can she go beyond her past life as an escort and make a new beginning? Does love come to her? Britto has the answer to all these questions.

Director Surajit Dhar’s narrative style has an element of restraint which makes it for an interesting watch. However the patience of the audience is also tested due to the dragging of many scenes and situations. One could have refrained from doing so. However one question that I have for the director is why does a woman from a lower middle class background have to resort to prostitution to fend for her family; does it not demean the woman who is capable of so much more? She may not be enough educated but there are always other respectable means of earning! You definitely need to start thinking out of the box Mr. Director!

The camera work by Amlan Dutta deserves a special mention. He has done a great job with the camera angles and this raises the film viewing experiences a few notches higher.

Gaurab Chatterjee’s background score and Shankha Bandopadhyay’s music is soothing and pleasing for the ears.

The biggest revelation in the film is none other than Ena Saha who delivers a credible performance as Mrittika. She plays the role of the twenty something wife with gusto and lights up the screen in the simple cotton saris, the oil smeared hair and the kohl rimmed eyes. The actress has come a long way from her television days. She truly justified her claim that the audiences will get to see her in a new avatar in this film. She surely lives up to the expectations.

Vikram as the good for nothing husband Rony is also good in his part. Joy as Debdutta is also a fitting addition to the acting list in the film. Soumitra Chatterjee and Alokananda Roy have nothing substantial to do in this film.

Overall, Britto with all its good and bad is neither a bad film nor an excellent one. It is an average film that could have been made sensational with a little bit of intelligent treatment. People may want to go to the theaters to watch Britto only if they want to watch the gorgeous Ena in an all new avatar as for the rest, it is all a below average fare that you may not want to waste your money on, especially when there is so much of Puja shopping yet to be done.


Bengali Film Britto First Look and Promo Launch

Sholoana Bangaliana Rating- 2.5/5

New Bengali Movie Britto Review by:

Priyanka

Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Bengali Movie ‘Hercules’ Review; Parambrata Chatterjee’s Best Till Date

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Yet another quite different movie from the director duo Avijit Guha-Sudeshna Roy released this Friday – Hercules – starring Parambrata Chattopadhay, Paoli Dam and Saswata Chatterjee in the lead roles.

Hercules is the story of a pale, frail, fear-stricken boy Horokoilash (Parambrata) who lives all by himself in his old dilapidated ancestral house which constructor Bajoria (Biswajit Chakraborty) has asked the local goon Mosh dada (Saswata Chatterjee) to extract out of Horokoilash alias Haru. Haru is seen to be powerless against the goons and their inhumanly harassments and bullying. Haru is a non-performer even in his job and he even fails to tell Meenu (Paoli) that he loves her. Then one day he comes across his lookalike Bhodor dada (Parambrata) and then how the powerless frightened Haru and his life change are for all to see.

Hercules is a must-watch for all Parambrata fans and critics alike, because the actor has perhaps delivered so far his Best performance in this film. His double role as Haru the powerless emotional idiot and as Bhodor dada the powerful and pragmatic rogue has the exact opposite shades in them and required two absolutely different styles of enactment, and to the delight of all his fans, Parambrata has enacted both the roles with unprecedented brilliance and the much-required opposite polarities. Even those critics who critique Parambrata for his typical mannerisms and predictable acting style in some of his other films, will now surely be silenced, such convincing is his acting in this film. Paoli Dam as Meenu is also quite good. But Saswata Chatterjee as Mosh dada is quite convincing thou his look gave quite a déjà vu effect.

The cinematography by Supriyo Dutta is laudable. Edit by Sujay Dutta is brilliant with some very good match cuts and dissolves. Though the songs are not that memorable but the background music of the film by Raja Narayan Deb is quite interesting and has rendered added characters to each character in the film. Also worth mentioning is the Art director of the film Tanmoy Chakraborty for some very realistic work.

What makes Hercules a meaningful film is the underlying social message in there which forms a definitive subplot of the film. And what makes the film more than merely two hours of entertainment is the open-ended treatment of the story which leaves a lot for the viewers’ food for thought. Whether we look at it as a social drama or more as a psychological drama the film passes off very well as both. And every film and literature critic will converge in their opinion that a good piece of work is always a multi-layered open-ended one, which Hercules definitely is. Every time Avijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy make a movie, our expectation from the film is always high and this time too, like most other times, their creation definitely meets our expectations.


Video: New Bengali Movie Hercules Premiere

Sholoana Bangaliana Rating: 7/10

New Bengali Movie Hercules Movie review By:

Nivedita

Ms. Nivedita Dey is a Post Graduate in English from Stella Maris College, Chennai and has been working in the films and television industry since 2006 as a story and script writer and creative consultant. Nivedita has written for TV programs for channels like Star Jalsha, Life OK, Star Plus, Channel 8 etc. Nivedita has spent quite a few years in Mumbai working in the entertainment Industry there and is currently based in Kolkata and is working as a writer and creative consultant for one of Kolkata’s leading Production Houses.

Nivedita has keen interest in literature, cinema, social and political issues and enjoys expressing her views by way of guest blogs and articles in popular columns and web portals.

New Bengali Movie Hercules Premiere

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New Bengali Movie Action Review; Barkha Bisht Sengupta Steals the Otherwise Poor Show

Nusrat-Jahan-sexy-photoLocation is Rajaganj. The coal mafia in there has a free hand over the coal business under the leadership of Munni Devi. She is immensely influential and also has political connections. Her daughter Raka is a sadistic hooligan who terrorizes the common people and makes and breaks laws according to her own wishes. She falls in love with Akash who opposes her. This strikes her as unique and she becomes attracted to him. However Akash rejects the advances of Raka. What happens next? Does Raka leave Akash so easily? This is what the recently released Bengali film Action is all about. The premiere show of the film took place at Bijoli cinemas recently.

The very first thing that stands out in the movie is that director Sayantan Mukherjee had conveniently taken this film as a guinea pig for experimentation as, when compared, while the first half has amateurish directorial techniques with the director having little control over the casts’ over acting or the flow of the narrative, the second is much more restrained and engaging; something that gave it the feeling of a gradually perfected and not already learnt technique. And to add to the amateurish direction is the heavily borrowed plot which keeps reminding us that we are no more the creative pioneers and our position has already been taken by the South-Indian geniuses.

What made the movie all the more intolerable were lame jokes on farting. And to top it all, A classic song like “Ami jamini tumi soshi hey” has been used in a derogatory manner in the context of farting. Such disrespect to the songs in the name of humor is intolerable!

Some of the dialogues in the film are cheesy and will make you cringe in your seats. “Nibi panga thakbi changa” is one often repeated dialogue by the lead male actor that will actually get onto your nerves.

The torture does not end here; as the we get to hear some hideous lyrics composed to some distasteful tunes all along the movie. I doubt whether any sane minded individual seated in the darkened hall will actually dare to remember the lyrics of the songs in the film. Music by Akash is a big letdown. When you have “Chicken Tandoori” as the item song in your film, you can very well understand the state of the other songs in the film.

The fight sequences by Judo Ramu are a direct rip off from the South Indian genre of fight sequences. Gravity defying stunts form a major part of the fight sequences. Om’s character is engaged in a duel with the goons and yet his sunglasses do not fall on the ground. What a balancing act!! This will put many a super hero to shame. However the duel between Barkha and Om had a certain rhythm to it; an action sequences which definitely deserve a round of applause!

Finally coming to the actors; Barkha Bisht Sengupta as the hooligan Raka does a commendable job. She breathes life into the character of Raka and it is mainly due to her that we could sit through the film. She does a good job in the fight sequences. Om as Akash is good in parts. He is still uneasy with the song and dance sequences. Also a bit of polishing of his acting skills will do wonders for him, as he has good screen presence. Swagata Mukherjee as Munni Devi will remind many of Dhankor Baa of Ramleela played by Supriya Pathak Kapur. She plays the role with gusto and the dialogue delivery and the aggression makes it a treat for many seated in the dark hall. Megha is too loud and over the top in the acting department. Nusraat Jahaan in the item song does not have to do much apart from look good and she does that perfectly.

Bengali film Action had all the ingredients for a successful commercial masala film but a slack script coupled with amateurish direction messed it all up leaving the audience with half cooked Chicken Tandoori and the sexy Nusrat Jahan to drool over.

Rating: 1.5/5

Priyanka

Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.

 

 

 

 

New Hindi Film Mardaani Review; The Bongs Nail it in Style this Season

Rani-Mukerji-Kolkata-VisitWe live in strange times. A country where on one hand the symbol of Shakti, Goddess Durga is worshiped with great pomp and show, on the other, the women folk of the country are increasingly becoming victims of heinous acts like rape, murder, sex trafficking and acid attacks and many more. Director Pradeep Sarkar’s latest film Mardaani deals with one such sensitive issue, sex trafficking, an act of complete violence of the core values of humanity which has grown to unimaginable proportions in the last few years.

Shivani Shivaji Roy is a police inspector in the crime branch who is very popular with her colleagues owed to her killer attitude, honesty and ability to solve the most difficult of cases. Her family consists of her husband Dr. Roy (played by Bengali Tollywood actor Jisshu Sengupta) and her niece. Things take a turn when a girl named Pyaari whom Shivani had taken all care to protect, vanishes in thin air leaving her with a mysterious trail to follow. In the process of trying to find Pyaari, Shivani uncovers a sex trafficking racket that is behind the disappearance of many young girls like Pyaari. She goes out to find the man behind this and whether she is successful in her mission or not is what the film answers.

 Pradeep Sarkar goes out of his known territory and plunges deep into an unknown area of film making. Sarkar definitely deserves to be applauded by the critics and audience alike for presenting such a realistic and convincing flesh and blood cop who does no gravity defying stunts or dances with her better half in beautiful foreign locales in between bashing up the baddies. The film is engaging and the cat and mouse chase between the head of the trafficking racket and Shivani Roy will keep you hooked. While the entire movie has been given an amazing racy and gritty treatment, it is the duel between Shivani and Karan (head of the sex trafficking racket) that pushes this otherwise well made film into the league of regular Bollywood films. It must however be said that even though the engaging first half slowly meanders into Bollywood clichés in the second, the  audience need not fear a boring and obvious end.

While the content and presentation is commendable, acting by the cast aptly complements the framework of the film. Rani Mukherjee is commendable as Shivani Shivaji Roy. She is back and with a Bang! She breathes life into the character of the cop. Her helplessness when her husband’s face is smeared with black by her opponents or the anger that wells up in her eyes when she beats up the goons; all make her character credible. Unlike the Singham and the Dabang cops, this is one with whom many will be able to empathize as she is realistic. Unfortunately though, contrary to all the hype created around Bengali Tollywood actor Jisshu Sengupta’s debut in a Bollywood Hindi Film with Mardaani, his screen time or even character strength is way too less; something that we Kolkata Bongs are too disappointed with! Tahir Raj Bhasin as the head of the sex trafficking racket also delivers a power packed performance.

Mardaani is not a film which may appeal to the Dabang and Singham franchise fans but yes it is a hard hitting film that carries a strong message and holds ground on its own credits and not any pre-set notion or fan following. This Yash Raj film is a welcome break from the typical rom-coms that the house has been churning out for the past couple of years. The new Chopra Bahu Rani Mukerji seems to have finally nailed it with Mardaani and the audience must go to the theaters to watch this Bong Beauty play it hard and in style.

Rating- 3.5/5

Bollywood Hindi Film Mardaani Review By:

Priyanka

Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.