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Audience Review of New Bengali Thriller Sesh Anka in Bengali; A Film that will Never Disappoint

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পরিচালক তথাগত বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়

মূল চরিত্রে- দীপঙ্কর দে, পার্ণো মিত্র, মীর, দেবলীনা দত্ত, শঙ্কর চক্রবর্তী, জুন মালিয়া, অরিন্দম শীল, সমদর্শী দত্ত।

বেশ কয়েকটা থ্রিলার সিনেমা এই দু তিন বছরে হয়েছে টালিগঞ্জে। ব্যোমকেশ ফেলুদার গতানুগতিকতা থেকে বেরিয়ে সন্ধ্যে নামার আগে কিংবা এবার শবরের মত ঝকঝকে সিনেমা পেয়েছি আমরা। একদিকে যেমন তামিল টোকা কমার্শিয়াল বাংলা ছায়াছবির বাজার নিম্নগামী হচ্ছে অন্যদিকে এই ধরণের মৌলিক চিন্তাভাবনার সিনেমাগুলি মাথা তুলে দাঁড়াচ্ছে। ব্যাপারটা যথেষ্ট আশাব্যঞ্জক বলে আমার মনে হয়েছে। বেলাশেষের মত সিনেমা চলছে এখনও, মধ্যবিত্ত শিক্ষিত বাঙালি দর্শক যারা হল বিমুখ হয়ে পড়েছিলেন অনাবশ্যক দক্ষিণী সিনেমার কপি দেখে দেখে, তারাও এই সিনেমাগুলিকে সাদরে আমন্ত্রণ জানাচ্ছেন। ব্যক্তিগতভাবে আমি সব সময়েই চাই বাংলা মৌলিক সিনেমা খুব খুব সফল হোক একই দিকে দক্ষিনী টোকাগুলি বক্স অফিসে মুখ থুবড়ে পড়ুক। মুখ থুবড়ে পড়লে বাংলার অধিকাংশ সিনেমাহল দখল করে রাখা সিনেমা প্রোডিউসাররা অন্তত কমার্শিয়াল সিনেমা নিয়ে অন্য কোন চিন্তাভাবনা করা শুরু করবেন। যেটায় আদতে লাভবান হবে বাংলা ফিল্ম ইন্ডাস্ট্রি। যাই হোক, ধান ভানতে শিবের গীত হয়ে গেল খানিকটা। এই সপ্তাহেই দেখে ফেললাম তথাগত বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের সিনেমা “শেষ অঙ্ক”।

শেষ অঙ্কর কথা মনে আসলেই সেই উত্তম-শর্মিলার মাস্টারপিসটির কথা মনে আসা স্বাভাবিক, অনেকেই এই ভেবে ভুলও করেছেন, যে হয়ত এটি সেই সিনেমার রিমেক। কিন্তু ব্যাপারটা আদপেই তা নয়। এই সিনেমার গল্পটির লেখক তথা চিত্রনাট্যকার এবং একাধারে ছবির সৃজন-এর দায়িত্বে থাকা সঞ্জীব বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় অভিষেকেই বেশ ভাল রান করে ফেলেছেন এই কথাটি বলাই যায়।

অথচ সিনেমার শুরুটা কিন্তু সেরকম ব্লাস্ট দিয়ে শুরু হয় নি। অন্ধকার গাড়িতে পার্ণো মিত্রর নেশায় জর্জরিত অবস্থায় যাওয়া দিয়ে সিনেমাটি শুরু হল। ধরা পড়লেন খুন করার অপবাদে এবং তাকে বাঁচাতে নামতে হল প্রণয় ক্রিমিনাল ল ইয়ার প্রণয় দাশগুপ্তকে। প্রণয় দাশগুপ্ত ফেলুদা কিংবা ব্যোমকেশের মত তরুণ গোয়েন্দা বা সত্যান্বেষী নন। বরং তাঁর চলনের সাথে মিল পাওয়া যায় কাঁটা সিরিজের ব্যারিস্টার বাসুর। এবং এখানেই আর পাঁচটা বাংলা থ্রিলারের থেকে শেষ অঙ্ক আর স্বকীয়তায় উজ্জ্বল।
গল্পটা বেশি বললে সিনেমা দেখার মজাটা মাটি হয়ে যেতে পারে এই আশঙ্কা যদিও থেকেই যায় তবু বলতে হয়, আমাকে যে ব্যাপারটা সব থেকে বেশি মুগ্ধ করেছে সেটা হল এই সিনেমার কাস্টিং। এক্কেবারে

appropriate casting বলতে যা বোঝায় সেটা দেখতে পাওয়া গেছে শেষ অঙ্কতে। শঙ্কর চক্রবর্তী, অরিন্দম শীল, দেবলীনা দত্ত, সমদর্শী দত্ত, পার্ণো মিত্র, জুন মালিয়া,শতাফ ফিগরদের মত চরিত্রাভিনেতারা এই সিনেমার সম্পদ।দেবলীনা দত্ত দিন দিন অবাক করছেন। এই সিনেমায় তার সাহসী অভিনয় মুগ্ধ করেছে একজন দর্শক হিসেবে। সমদর্শী দত্তকে দেখে বার বার মনে হয়েছে বাংলা সিনেমা তার মত অভিনেতাকে আরও বেশি করে চায়।ভবিষ্যতে তাকে আরও বেশি করে দেখতে পাব এই আশায় রাখি। পার্ণো মিত্রের যদিও এই সিনেমায় খুব বেশি কিছু দেবার ছিল না তবু তিনি তার চরিত্রঅনুযায়ী যতটা করার ততটাই করেছেন। প্রণয় দাশগুপ্তের ভূমিকায় দীপঙ্কর দে অসামান্য। তাঁর স্ক্রিন প্রেজেন্স, কথা বলা মন্ত্রমুগ্ধ করে রাখে এমনকি সিনেমা শেষ হবার পরেও। এবং যার কথা না বললেই হয় তিনি হলেন জন ব্রিগেঞ্জার চরিত্রে মীর। সিনেমার মাঝে জন ব্রিগেঞ্জার আসা যাওয়া, লুকিয়ে চুরিয়ে প্রণয় দাশগুপ্তকে বিভিন্ন প্রমাণ তথ্যাদি সাপ্লাই করা, সিনেমায় ফ্রেশ অক্সিজেনের সাপ্লাই করেছে বললে ভুল হবে না। মীরের স্ক্রিন প্রেজেন্স এবং স্বতঃস্ফূর্ততা এখনও একই রকম আছে, নাহ, ভুল বললাম। যত দিন যাচ্ছে, তা আসলে একটা অন্য লেভেলে পৌঁছে যাচ্ছে। এই সিনেমার এটাও বড় কথা, পরিচালক মীরকে অত্যন্ত সুনিপুণ ভাবে ব্যবহার করেছেন। ভূতের ভবিষ্যতে মীরকে দেখে ভাল লেগেছিল কিন্তু শেষ অঙ্কে মীর অতুলনীয়। জানি না, মীর না থাকলে এই চরিত্র করার মত ইন্ডাস্ট্রিতে আর দ্বিতীয় কেউ আছেন কিনা।
সিনেমার আবহসঙ্গীতে স্যাভির কাজ বেশ ভাল লেগেছে। ঊষা উত্থুপ যথারীতি কোন কথা হবে না।

সব শেষে বলব এই সিনেমা আশা জাগায়। আমরা অপেক্ষা করে থাকি শেষ অঙ্কের মত সিনেমার জন্য। ভবিষ্যতে আরও এরকম সিনেমা পাব, বাংলা সিনেমার একজন দর্শক হিসেবে সেই আশাই রাখি।

Reviewer Abhik Dutta rates New Bengali Film Sesh Anka 7/10

New Bengali Film Sesh Anka review by Abhik Dutta:

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(অভীক দত্ত ‘আদরের নৌকা’ নামক একটি বাংলা সাহিত্য পত্রিকার প্রধান কর্ণধার)

New Bengali Film Sesh Anka (2014) Review by eminent Graphic novelist Shamik Dasgupta

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To begin with, the very commendable fact about this movie is that it is an original concept and the writer (Sanjib Banerjee) had the guts to pull away from adaptations and introduce a new character Pranoy Dasgupta, retired advocate. Pranoy is an original creation and the writer delivers in spades in creating a new possible franchise character that can stand shoulder to shoulder with Feluda, Byomkesh and Shobor. Unlike the others, Pronoy is an elderly gentleman at the autumn of his life, trying to find bliss in extracurricular activities that take up his time. Pronoy is dragged into a case by his former colleague and pupil Amrita Banerjee (June Maliah) where her god-daughter Raina Roychowdhury (Parno Mittra) has been prosecuted for manslaughter. Raina is the daughter of famous business tycoon Ritabrata Roychowdhury (Shankar Chakraborty) a deplorable character who is ready to abandon his daughter for the sake of his reputation and status.

But how Raina became involved in this dubious world of escort service, drug abuse and even international mafia? When Pranoy bites into this dark layer cake, like a true epicurean he is hell bent on finding the hidden ingredients. Pranoy is joined by headstrong, easy to anger but equally sharp young cop Prithwiraj (Samadarshi Dutta) and the enigmatic man of many faces, investigator and police informer John Braganza (Mir Afsar Ali). What follows is a tour-de-force through the murky depths of corporate espionage, flesh trade, narcotics and even international crime. Is Raina truly innocent? If so why was she framed and who is behind the black curtains pulling the strings of the myriad shifty characters skittering throughout the story? To know the answers Shesh Anko is a must watch.

The unique believable factor and realistic approach to this movie is our Protagonist/investigator Pronoy is not a one man army; he is old, overweight, and soft due to a wealthy life. He needs help, and the characters who join his quest for truth are no mere sidekicks marveling at the exploits of our hero and contributing little a.k.a Topshey, Lalmohan Ganguly or Ajit. His accomplices (not assistants) Prithwiraj, and John are equally intelligent, resourceful and active. This is definitely not a one man show. I commend the writer to introduce a team of believable yet quirky and interesting set of protagonists whom we can relate to. To solve this crime everyone brings something to the table. Pranoy has got his analytical and oratory skills in the court, Prthviraj brings in energy, deductive skills, and John, his crackerjack wit and database of underground information.
The rest I leave you to see and decide for yourself.

Parno is adequate as the victim girl, lost her mother, scorned by her father and embroiled in a conspiracy she can never fathom. She brings in the right amount of angst and sadness to her character.

Shankar Charkraborty is ridiculously hateful and deplorable. He enjoys every bit of hamming it up as a stinking rich, selfish, hedonist. He is over the top, but rightfully so. A fine actor like him can never miss.

Debleena Dutta does her nth number of femme fatale evil bitch. She looks gorgeous but her accent and diction sounds too fake, maybe she should work on it a little.
Newcomer Shataf Figar was impressive.

June Maliah, in my honest opinion did not fit her role. We are accustomed to seeing her in glamorous roles, however deglamming (is there a word like that?) her didn’t bring anything new to the table. She looked veritably uncomfortable playing the mother of an adult girl, and could not emote the pathos of a woman who has lost a child and now fighting for another whom she considers as her own. There was seldom any desperation, sense of loss or empathy in her eyes. Other senior actors like Sreelekha Mitra or Rupa Ganguly would have given it a much better shot in my opinion.

Now coming to the final trio, Samadarshi looked smart and dashing as the headstrong yet intelligent cop, and the gradual progression of his detest towards a high profile lawyer like Pronoy to admiration for his brilliant mind was well put across. They gradually form a bond and finally come across as a team. I would have given him 10/10 if not his hairdo which is unlikely of a police officer and some places his diction and dialogue delivery. He didn’t sound convincing for a tough as nails police detective, his voice is too mellow and expressions rather soft for a hardened police officer and a man of action.

Mir, as John Braganza, there’s nothing much to say about him, his range is evident playing a vast array of quirky characters like a beggar, old man, homosexual, journalist and fakir, he delivers in spades. Every scene where he was on screen was a delight to watch.

Finally Mr. Dipankar Dey, an actor of vast caliber who never got his due and my heartiest applause to Tathagata and Sanjib to bring him back on silver screen with a role he truly deserves. Dipankar Dey brings in the right amount of humor, intrigue and in the end a hidden agenda which drove him to save the victim. His restrain of emotions when he first meets Raina with whom he has got an untold connection, his patronizing of Prithviraj and trying to bring him under his fold with the lure of food, his aggression in the court, determined to rip off the mask of the true criminal shows the skills of a bona fide veteran who grabs this role by the throat and shakes it to the core. We are habituated to see him as the benign father, or the funny uncle, but never before he had been portrayed under such a light.

Tathagata Banerjee exhibits remarkable credence for a debut filmmaker. The storytelling is crisp, fast and to the point. He doesn’t waste a single frame for sure. There are no long litanies, but rapid and impactful interactions. This film will not bore you for a second. However, I believe the ending could have been handled better. I cannot say much being afraid of spoilers, but the prime culprit/mastermind required a better more impactful treatment, it was deserved.

The film has garnered wonderful response and is successfully running in Kolkata theaters. Nandan clocked at over 300-400 footfalls even when the city was burdened with torrential rains, while the heritage stand alone theater Priya Cinema had over 50% occupancy and South City Mall Inox reported over 97% occupancy.

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New Bengali Film Sesh Anka Review by:

Shamik Dasgupta

Shamik Dasgupta is presently the most prolific Indian writer of graphic novels and comic books. His work ranges from science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy to superheroes. His claim to fame was with Ramayan 3392 AD in collaboration with director Shekhar Kapur and famed author Deepak Chopra. His graphic novels Devi Chaudhurani, Taranath Tantrik and others are a huge hit with the young adults.

 

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Upcoming Bengali Film Sesh Anka Stars Launch the Film’s Website; A Racy Thriller releasing July 3


Upcoming Bengali Film Sesh Anka Website Launch

The 100 days success party of the Bengali film Sajarur Kanta was held along with the pre-release party of the upcoming Bengali thriller Sesh Anko. Both the films have been produced by Mr. Pradip Churiwal of Macneill Media Pvt Ltd.

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The event saw the presence of producer Pradip Churiwal along with the cast and crew of Sesh Anko including Shataf Figar, director Tathagata Banerjee, Sanjib Banerji, Deboprosad Halder and others.

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The film Sesh Anko is about Raina Roy Choudhury who gets arrested on charges of killing her first client as an escort. She has a neglected childhood and this led her to move towards drug addiction. To pay for this addiction she had to start working as the escort. After she is arrested, her father disowns her. What happens to her next? This is what the thriller is all about.

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Speaking at the occasion Director Tathagata Banerjee said “Like Sajarur Kanta, we also hope that our film will cross the hundred day mark. So far the response to the trailer, teaser and also to the song has been encouraging and very positive. The verdict will be out once the film releases in theatres on July 3”.

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Producer Pradip Churiwal was very optimistic about the film Sesh Anko. “The effort that the whole team has put in will surely appeal to the audiences” said the producer of the upcoming thriller.

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Sesh Anko is slated for release on the 3rd of July. Wishing the entire team all the very best!!

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Upcoming Bengali Film Sesh Anka Trailer Launched; An Edgy Thriller from the House of Macneill Media Releasing July 3


Trailer Launch of Upcoming Bengali Film Sesh Anko

The trailer and poster launch of the debut film of director Tathagata Banerjee took place at Princeton Club. Present at the occasion were June Malia, Mir Afsar Ali, Dipankar Dey, producer Pradip Churiwal, Shataf Figar, Parno Mitra, Debaprasad Halder and writer/creative director Sanjib Banerji.

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The film is about Raina Roy Choudhuy, the daughter of business magnet Rhitobrata Roy Choudhury. She gets framed on charges of murder of Venkat Krishnaswamy, who is her first client as an escort. Raina is a neglected child and has a difficult relationship with her father. She is forced to get into escort services to pay for her soaring expenses of drug addiction. After she is arrested for the murder her father disowns her. What happens next? Is she convicted or is someone else the murderer? This edgy crime thriller answers it all.

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Speaking at the trailer launch occasion, actress Parno Mitra said “I am really excited to be a part of this project. Many may feel that I am picking up thrillers consciously. But that is not so. I am getting such offers and hence I am doing such roles as I find them very interesting too. The role is challenging and the way Sanjib has written it, is mind blowing”.

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Sanjib Banerji who is the writer and creative director of the film shared his experiences about working with Tathagata Banerjee. “I went to a producer earlier before I met Tathagata. He wanted me to dincorporate many changes in the script and hence I declined his offer. I met Tathagata at a party and after listening to the story, he was ready to make the film. I cannot thank him enough!! I must also thank our producer Mr. Pradip Churiwal for backing up this project” said Sanjib Banerji.

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Tathagata Banerjee, the director of the film was quite excited about his debut project. “Like all directors, I have high expectations from the film. The way the film has shaped up and the hard work we all have put in making the film will surely be appreciated by the audiences” said the debutant director.

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Music has always played an important role in thrillers. Savvy has composed the music of this film and though it has just one song, the BGM is one to look forward to. “The film has just one song and that has been sung by Usha Uthup. She is a living legend. I had worked once with her before this project and I am glad to work with her again” said the music director.

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In between the trailer launch of the film, Mir was found joking whether his character is still in the film. “I had second thoughts as to whether my character is in the film because I am nowhere in the poster. But after seeing the trailer I am at peace as I am there in the film finally” laughed Mir.

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The film also has Samadarshi Dutta, Shankar Chakraborty, Deboleena Dutta, Arindam Sil in pivotal roles.

The film Sesh Anko promises nail biting suspense and a well presented court room drama that the Bengali cine goers have not seen for quite some time now. This upcoming Kolkata Bengali film is slated for release on July 3.

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Singer Usha Uthup records for Upcoming Bengali Thriller Sesh Anko


Singer Usha Uthup recording for Sesh Anko

Her voice resonated through the recording room. The mystery in her voice matched with the mood of the song perfectly well. The singer whom I am referring to is none other than the legendary Usha Uthup whom team Sholoana Bangaliana met during the recording of the jazz blue song from the upcoming Bengali thriller Sesh Anko. Present at the recording were director Tathagata Banerjee, creative director and writer Sanjib Banerji and music director Savvy.

Usha-Uthup-song

Usha Uthup completed recording of the song “Aaj ei rate alga haathe” within a span of twenty minutes. This left both the director and the music director of the film dumb founded. She even improvised and sang an English version of the song which she created right on the spot. While she was busy recording the English version, the creative director and writer of the film Sanjib Banerji who was visibly excited said “See, why we thought of Usha di for the song. She is a natural. We do not get singers of her mettle and quality in recent times”.

Sesh-Anko-Song

After having wrapped the recording schedule, the singer chatted with Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent over a cup of tea. “I really like the lyrics of the song. I wish I had a role to play in this film. Jokes apart the song has a feel of the Trincas. This is what actually made me to agree to sing this song” said the singer. Usha Uthup who had worked with eminent actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Anu Kapoor (In Saat Khoon Maaf) shared some shooting experiences too. She said “They are just such great actors. They used to sit with their makeup for hours and would not even complain about it. At times I used to feel sorry for them. They had patience and this is one thing that I learnt from them”.

Usha-Uthup-Kolkata-song

“Tathagata briefed me about the story and where the song will be placed. Jazz blues and a bit of feel of the James Bond films were required by the director. The song will be shot in a pub where Raina meets a mysterious man. Accordingly I composed the music for the only song in the film. I had worked with Usha di in a film called Kanchenjunga Express and it was a great experience. Today also the experience was wonderful. She not only sang the song with perfection at one shot but also improvised and sang an English version of the song. I have worked with other singers also but with due respect to all of them, I must say that Usha di is in a different league” said Savvy, the music composer of the movie Sesh Anko.

A MacNeill media presentation, Sesh Anko’s music sounds promising and will surely help in highlighting the thriller element in the film.

Priyanka Dutta

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