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YETI OBHIJAAN REVIEW

বাংলা সিনেমা কে স্বপ্ন দেখতে শিখিয়েছিলেন মানিকবাবু। সেই সময় টাকে বাংলা সিনেমার স্বর্ণযুগ বলা হতো।
কারণ সেই প্রত্যেক স্বপ্ন দেখা কে সত্যি করার মতন Veterans দের নাম আজও বাংলা সিনেমার ইতিহাসে জ্বল জ্বল করছে।
তারপর থেকে Bengali Film Industry স্বপ্ন দেখা বন্ধ করেনি, তবে আফসোস ছিল তার পেছনে ছোটার মতো দৃঢ়তা বা ধক এতদিন কোনো director এর মধ্যে দেখা যায়নি তাই কোনো producerও risk টা নিতে পারেনি।
Cut to 2017,
আমি স্বর্ণযুগের সাথে তুলনায় যাচ্ছি না, তবে এটা বলতে দ্বিধা নেই বাংলা সিনেমা নতুন করে কিছু myth ভেঙে ইতিহাস লিখছে।
And carrying that all important flag is none other than Srijit Mukherjee…(দূরে দিগন্তে যুদ্ধ হাজার, মাটিতে পা ‘পড়তে লড়তে মরতে ভয় না পাওয়া’ রাজার).
All the deserving credits goes to each and everyone of team Srijit Mukherjee and SVF to make this much a challenging film possible that too with all the constraints a local film industry faces.
Now, coming to the film,Yeti Obhijaan is a never seen before cinematic experience for a bengali audience for its landscape, a visual treat like Chander Pahar was that pleases every eye .Courtesy the ever beautiful Swiss Alps and the best man behind the lens , Mr. Soumik Haldar.
The two best aspects of this puja release is the cinematography and the background score/music by Indradip Dasgupta.
You even take back the theme song when you leave the theaters.
Overall, performance-wise, the film successfully rides on the shoulders of Prosenjit-Aryaan as Kakababu-Santu and their conversations.
Their chemistry being a lot fresher and better this time around.
Though Aryaan still needs to cover a lot of grounds i feel.
About the rest of the casts , the notable mentions are Jishu as Rana, mim bidya as Miss Verma, Allex as Cane Shipton and Ferdous as Mr. Gupta (yes, Srijit continues reviving careers).
Amidst all these , the film I felt was a tad slow paced….it takes time to cling on to the main story (blame the lucrative picturesque locales that the director couldn’t resist to show)
The second half also takes time to pick up its form at the beginning.
But, having said all, the bottomline goes Feluda, Kakababu films are beyond judgements, they are emotions every bengalis possess.
They are our childhood.
Nowadays, a lot of people tend to give mandatory opinions without adequate Knowledge. That is quite Dangerous!! Its a request to them to get well informed before you speak.
And to those who are complaining a lack of suspense and thriller element in the film, I am sure they haven’t read about Kakababu.It is a Children’s adventure.
Expect wisely,you will never be disappointed.If you want thriller and suspense, Go watch Chotuskone and Baishey Srabon 😊.

P.S : Go and watch Yeti Obhijaan to relive your Anondomela days and also sit through the End scrolls to witness the ‘Thrilling’ Making video as the icing on the cake.

 

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ZULFIQAR REVIEW

*NO SPOILERS*

THE PROPHET’s SWORD – The Meaning

If we consider Tollywood as ‘PROPHET’, then surely Srijit Mukherjee has evolved as a SWORD.It is a very rare feat for a Director in a comparatively very little time when a film sells by his NAME.That’s the amount of Trust he has acheived from his Friends,Romans & Countrymen. 🙂

This Puja, he introduces us to his most studious child,his 9th Baby to be precise.
This one deals with the dark side of Kolkata that has never been shown earlier and as Kashinath says ‘Nobody remembers the ones who come second’.That is one reason of many that the Film will be remembered as one of the Multi-starrer Cults.Add to that an amazing adaptation of Mr.William Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESER & ANTONY_CLEOPATRA.The Art of Weaving two plays together in a single thread with mixture of Cross-Stitches & Simple runs is really Praiseworthy.The Masterstroke of Splitting Mark Antony & the Textual references at different junctures of the film has been Brilliantly executed.Several unwanted Truths revealed subtly.Each scene spoke a lot.

Coming to the film,It is Literally A ‘Game of Thrones’ or a ‘Mahabharata’.The character portrayals are the Clear Winners.A Swaggy Param is Brilliant as Tony [the Better half of Markaz 😉 ] and the debutant Deepak Adhikari is Spellbound as Speechless.Wondering why I said Debutant? Because it is a rediscovery.He is in a complete different league.Kudos Rhijuda.Prosenjit was pouring with royal Grandeur & how in each & Every Frame with a larger than life identity.Though his accent could have been better.Nusrat,Kanachan,Rahul(the next big thing) was Fantastic.What can I say about Jishu Sengupta,If Kabir in Rajkahini was a Trailer,Kashinath Kundu is the Blockbuster..You will find striking similarities with Shakuni.
And then there was a boy who debuted in Ekdin Pratidin, Mr. Kaushik Sen as Basheer Khan is a Sheer takeback from the Film.No one more than him deserves to own the Film with the voice modulation.Hats off & Pants down Sir..Jahapana Tussi Great Ho!

On the Contrary, Honestly it isn’t one of his best films with its share of flaws which I rarely find in his Films.The background music could have been more edgy,the mounting could have been far better.Akhtar could have been explored more AND Ankush I suppose is a MisCast specially after the Transformation.I agree he looked stunning but he lacked Grit & Intensity.The Editing could have been better (Blame it on the Objections faced)…looked discontinuos at parts affecting the Zeal.The Trailer could have been less revealing also.
(Completely MY Opinion)

In Short,eto kichhu bolar poreo it is Definitely a MUST WATCH!!
Don’t Go expecting a Suspense Thriller,Because its not.Its an Adaptation.
Begum Jaan er opekkhay roilam. 🙂
Rating : 7.5/10

Oh! I haven’t mentioned Paoli Dam & Srijato? Then Find it Yourselves 🙂

P.S – Nachiketa Chakraborty’s Ek Purono Masjid e is the Much Needed Icing on the Cake.
Shubhodeep Biswas

 

PRAKTAN REVIEW

 

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. 🙂

 

NIRBASHITO REVIEW

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Travelling to unknown lands with no plans to return, might sound like an exotic way of escaping the everyday grind. 🙂
But what if you are forced to move out of your country that till yesterday was your own? What if you are banished from your own country because you were penning down words that meant threat to the set up?

Directed by Churni Ganguly, Nirbashito was rightly awarded the National Award for ‘Best Bengali Film’. Inspired by the True story, the Film is about a renowned Author played by Churni herself and her solitary life banished in exile when her own country disowns her.
Nirbashito raises a lot of questions and makes us think & realize when shown from her perspective as she says “Its the SWORD which always wins,not the PEN”.With such a concept (courtesy Kaushik Ganguly), the film points out the shallowness & failure of the whole SYSTEM with Sarcasm.

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Brilliantly written Dialogues are another positive aspect which metaphors a satirical unfortunate truths of life with solid references of Galileo,M.F Hussain & even Salman Rushdie in one of the frames.With Saswata, Kaushik Ganguly, Raima Sen up in the Sleeves, the canvas seems quite Soothing for the audience.But it is ‘Baghini’, an adorable cat who emoted & added an icing to the cake.
Do watch the Film for the sake of Humanity!!

Statutory Warning : Not for Everyone Though 😀

NIRBAAK REVIEW

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Have seen many a love stories on Screen but when it comes to Master Craftsman Srijit Mukherji, love stories had to have a twist..With an out of the box never-seen-before concept..Truly an experimental film,only one of its kind that teaches the true essence of LOVE and its whole definition with sensational CAMERAWORK by who else, Mr. Soumik Halder (Kudos prapti..)
A brilliant poster..an apt entitlement..and a bang on tag line summed up to a philosophical surrealistic movie.Watching it is an exploration and discovery of various muted emotions that our surroundings has to offer..Beauty of Nature.
Jagadish Chandra bole gechhilen,Srijit ki osadharon vabe byakto korlen..
Basically he reinterpreted four universal truths in this world and plays with his favourite subject i.e DEATH smile emoticon
Also An excellent tribute to iconic romantic tracks of bollywood interwoven in the last plot.
The film is different and not his Genre ofcourse so Definitely not everybody’s cup of tea but a representative of culturally rich INDIAN Cinema.
Watch out for the GEM of a scene..Lust of the Tree..Hat’s Off!!
* A Reflection.A Tree.A Bitch.A Corpse *

OPEN TEE BIOSCOPE REVIEW

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Finally got to see it atlast.
There are certain films that cannot be rated on their technical aspects and could not be criticized on that scale.
OTB is one such large hearted films that is sheer Nostalgia for every Bengali by blood.It celebrates the pure reminiscence of old bygone culturally rich Calcutta and its northern bylanes.
A treat for the kids born in 80’s,The movie may not be among the best technically sound ones, but it definitely glues your heart with emotions onsentimental grounds.
Kudos to Anindya for re-creating the 80’s kolkata with TV antennas, AIR theme tune,mohun bagan flag,football theme,manja dewa,etc….PERFECT!!
The Music is apt….and good performances overall by everybody rounds up well.Riddhi surely has a bright future ahead.
Watch it to fall in love with the simplicity and innocence of the film.

CHOTUSKONE REVIEW

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The CANVAS was Large….Expectations Larger…!!
Still The Magician manages to pull a hidden ACE out of a full Deck of Cards.
An amazing Experience to witness his Story-telling.Literally,A true competitor of himself. 🙂 Take a bow !!!
No Prizes for Guessing, his name is Srijit Mukherji, the Jack of all Trades.
Won’t reveal the Story much..as it is a THRILLER DRAMA comprising of several references of past lives of the ‘Chotuskone’s with simple Twist which results in dramatic turn in climax. 😉
With such Heavyweight Stalwarts & Veterans in front of a splendid LENSWORK it is a visual Treat for the eye to experience the theme: NEMESIS-“Death”
Performance nie alada kore kichhu bolchhi na…Discovery of CHIRONJEET Sir,way to go..& Param…oh…Param have stole the show undoubtably.

APUR PANCHALI REVIEW

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Goosebumps….. Moist Eyes….. Nostalgia…. in each & every Frame!!!
I dont have words….Precious….’PURE GEM’ 🙂
SPEECHLESS with a Heart Full of Emotions & Pride .
*The Story of the Most Celebrated Child Actor*

koushik Ganguly HAT’s OFF!!!

OBHISHOPTO NIGHTY REVIEW

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Sadher Lighty Ese6e Sohore….  (♥ ed the Song)
Fultoo Bawaal No-Brainer Cinema with Sarcasm in every minute of it… Total Khilli & Chyangrami…..
It is like watching Mirakkel Uncut On Big Screen…
A ROFL Film with a Wafer-Thin Illogical Plot but DARE U complain because it is a Paisa Vasool & Most IMPORTANTLY an Adult Entertainer which slaps every1 with Humour.. as the Film Says It is RATED “A++” wink emoticon
Rahul-Priyanka ar Rabindranath er Chapter tar kono kotha hobena… grin emoticon
Performances are Bang ON..Sobsomoy odhik sonnasi te Gajon nosto hoyna.. smile emoticon
But Cinema tar Matha-Mundu Kissu nei,Story nei !!…
So views may vary on Taste & Mood of the Audience. grin emoticon
So, I dont want to rate this film or give any Inference but Bawaal valo lagle fatie moja koro… CUMMING !! CUMMING!! CUMMING!! CUMMING!!

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