Premiere of New Bengali Film Chotoder Chobi
Raj Kapoor may have highlighted about the life of a joker in his film Mera Naam Joker, but it is a hard core fact that most of us hardly pay any heed to what is happening to the lives of the individuals who play the so-called role of jokers in various circuses. Ace director Kaushik Ganguly’s Chotoder Chobi is a film which delves deep into the lives of such individuals whom we often refer to as Bamun, Nata or simply as Jokers..!!!
Chotoder Chobi begins with the tragic accident of Shibu, a dwarf acting as joker in a reputed circus of Kolkata. The manager of the circus agrees to pay fifteen thousand rupees. This according to Shibu’s colleagues is a miniscule amount. Khoka, Shibu’s colleague feels the plight of Shibu’s family and protests against the wrong doings. He leaves the job as a protest when he hears that Shibu had committed suicide. Khoka takes the responsibility of Shibu’s daughter Soma and her mother. He realizes that he had fallen in love with Soma. What happens next? Does Shibu get the love of his life? Does Soma accept his proposal? Chotoder Chobi answers all these questions.
Despite the name of the film being Chotoder Chobi or the fact that the film deals with the lives of the dwarfs, it is one that has been made with a big heart. Director Kaushik Ganguly’s story telling touches the right chords and succeeds in evoking a genuine sympathy for these wronged individuals. The director showcases the naked truth of the lives of the dwarfs. How they are treated as outcasts and how in spite of such mental blocks people become interested to come for the funeral ceremony of Soma’s father is a hard core reality of society which has been portrayed in this film. The director must also be credited for using silence so effectively. There are some scenes when Soma and Khoka just look at each other and speak nothing. So much is said with their eyes that they need not use any dialogues for expressing their emotions. The scene where Soma performs the last rites of her father and the reference to Waman Avatar speaks a lot about public acceptance of dwarfs and their religious status too.
Indraadip Dasgupta’s music has the perfect blend and the balance which fits such a movie. It is soulful and also highlights the pathos of the characters in the film.
Cinematographer Soumik Halder deserves appreciative pats for presenting various parts of the city with such precision. Be it the circus tent or the Sealdah station or the tea stalls or Kumortuli- all have been captured with so much passion.
Bodhaditya Banerjee has also done a fine job with the trimming of the film at the right areas, adding to the charm and the flavor of the film.
Acting by the ensemble cast is a fitting accompaniment for such a film. Dulal Sarkar as Khoka and Deblina Roy as Soma breathe life into their characters. Their real life experiences also come in handy during their portrayal of the characters. The scene where Soma acknowledges the fact that Khoka is a good man yet she cannot marry him is a masterpiece. Her refusal to marry Khoka because she does not want any more dwarfs to come to this world and suffer similar pains is heart wrenching.
The four pillars of Chotoder Chobi- acting, editing, cinematography and sound design help in making this film an engaging, realistic portrayal of the sorry state of the dwarfs. The film also showcases the hypocrisies of the citizens of the so called liberal society.
Chotoder Chobi is a film which must be seen to perceive society from the viewpoint of the so-called outsiders, the dwarfs or the Vamans.
Sholoana Bangaliana Rating: 4/5
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