The Dusk of the Golden Era Tollywood .. It was ’90s when the Bengali Film Industry was slowly dooming , a pair stood apart with nearly 50 films together,celebrated as the second most popular Pair On-Screen, as the lone flag bearers of massy commercial entertainment called Cinema.But somehow they parted ways in films.Come 2016, 14 years since their last film together,two current stalwarts of Bengali Cinema, Prosenjit Chatterjee & Rituparna Sengupta had individually travelled a long way with age,maturity & ofcourse,Taste.
And Then one Fine morning,they finally decide to ReUnite in a film ironically titled ‘Praktan- The Former’ and then its History.It couldn’t have been better than this. 🙂
Shiboprasad & Nandita yet again stitches a Gripping Tale of Relationships revolving around Ujaan,Sudipa & Manali in their Predictable way but with lot more Reality & Relatability after BELASESHE.This is a Poignant Film That Teaches You the Art of Moving On.The film throws upon a lot of questions about modern marriages. Is the husband wrong in expecting his wife to compromise on her career for the sake of his happiness and family? Should a wife cave in to the demands of the husband? Who should be making more compromises in a marriage- a wife or a husband? And more importantly, the film beautifully highlights why it is important to accept the mistakes of the past and move on.
The Director Duo have excelled in managing to Underline the Script in such a way that every audience relates & in turn it simplifies the complexities of most modern day relationships..the compromising issues..the Ego problems..the Sacrifices..the Priorities..the Fate of a Mismatched Relationship of True Love.
They also try to be the modern day Sooraj Barjatya as they mix up the recipe with different sub-plots with real references making it believable which rightly mixes up resulting in a wider reach in terms of Audience acceptance. The film also packs in all the quintessential elements of Bengali culture: music, food, travel, Tagore (Loosely Inspired from ‘Hotath Dekha’) & Kokata.
The Music is fabulous.The Songs of the movie is so Well Placed..’Tumi Jake Bhalobaso’ by Emon in Particular is so Touching that it stays back with you.And with ‘Kolkata Kolkata’ ,the city of Joy has got an Anthem .One must take note of the first few scenes where the camera captures Kolkata in all its glory. From the sunset on the river Hooghly to the historic Writers’ Building to the stunning aerial shots of Victoria Memorial, the ‘Kolkata Anthem’ highlights the rich heritage of the city and almost makes you yearn for a trip to the city.
Camerawork was Excellent as well.Actingwise,everybody played their part with perfection be it Biswajit-Manali’s newly wed cuople or Soumitra & Sabitri’s wierd Hingali language,or Anindya,Upal,Anupam,Surojeet playing their Star-selves.But yes, despite the presence of two mega stars like Prosenjit and Rituparna, the one who virtually carries the film on her shoulder is Aparajita.
Overall,’Praktan’ may be tad bit stretched in the second half with unnecessary exaggerating of sub-stories including an absurd scene of violin playing TT and Biswajit-Manali’s obscene caricatures, and with a few flaws here and there.Technically,It is not Spectacular.But do Watch Praktan for its Simplicity that touches the chord. 🙂