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
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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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