Film review: Pendulum

movie reviewThe posters caught my attention at one of the plexes. Interested, I googled the film, only to discover that Pendulum is the first film of a newbie director. Shoukarya Ghoshal is a director to watch out for in the future. Meticulously weaving five parallel stories in one common thread, Shoukarya reminds us we are all slaves of time.

Although a tad bit slow in the beginning, the film picks up pace as the story progresses and keeps the audience hooked with a slice of life in the five stories portrayed in the film.

 

The very first segment sees Subhasish Mukhopadhyay as a painter. A mysterious character, he apparently can teleport people to another land through his paintings. He uses his art to trap Rajesh Sharma, the promoter, who is after his life to vacate the house. Shankar (Shantilal Mukherjee) is a driver, who dreams of owning a garage one day. Then there’s this love story of Baban (Samadarshi) and Nandita (Radhika). While Baban is a college student, his girlfriend Nandita works in an ad agency. Baban has a rival in Bony, who too is in love with Nandita but is scared of approaching her. Instead, he fantasizes about her. Rajatava happens to be Baban’s Bangla teacher, whose wife meets with an accident. Ani aka Anindya Banerjee plays a visually challenged songwriter. He is married to Bublu (Sreelekha), a professor of English. The couple seems to be in love till Swapnasree makes an entry.

- Times of India

Every actor has performed their role to perfection. The oblique references to the works of great filmmakers like Bergman is a plus. The nuances of daily life in Kolkata finds a place in the film, where the city itself is a character.

A slice-of-life film, sprinkled with a hint of magic realism, it does complete a full circle. The switch from one track to another is executed well. Edited brilliantly, the film retains its freshness due to the short duration. One can safely say that Shoukarya has arrived, and how!

My Rating: 4/5 stars

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Book Review: Marvels and Mysteries of the Mahabharata

Book ReviewMarvels and Mysteries of the Mahabharata: Probing the Folds of India’s Epochal Tradegy’ by Abhijit Basu seeks to delve into a few of its mysterious facets of the great epic, in turn providing insightful explanations for the assortment of the astonishing incidents and mysteries and in turn shed some light on the widespread significance of the age-old, yet timeless, epic.

The many interpretations of the books and their amazing authors are a whole new read. Also, the similarities between the Sumerian, the Greek and the Indian epics is another story in itself, which the author skilfully deals with in the narrative.

The unique splendour of the Mahabharata is that the classic displays humankind in all its grandeur as well as fierceness with no characters is justly good or bad with this is the one lovely hardback on the restating of Mahabharatha which one and all will care for to understand. In fact there is a saying in Bangla: Ja Nayi Bharate (Mahabharat), Ta Nayi Bharate (India).

In a finely explored volume, the author retains the book lover’s curiosity, lightly recites the intricate intrigues in words that moves from clear-cut and expressive, packing into dealings of a thousand years in sheets while intensifying a few instants of an era to a good extent.

The correlations between the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and the time factors in both these great epics of India are quite a revelation. For anyone interested in mythology, the book can come in handy.

It is no mean feat to condense a great epic of the proportion of Mahabharata in 200 odd pages. There are all the elements of the Mahabharata, its interpretations by both Indians and Westerners and the histories, with of course the names and places with a glossary, which I loved. The summary of the mysteries and marvels on the back cover helps a reader decide an order of reading.

Overall, the author manages to make an academic book enjoyable. And that is what matters in the end.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

About the author:

Abhijit Basu is a post graduate in Chemistry from Calcutta University; Basu started penning the books after a career of Civil Services. He retired as a financial administrator in 2010. He has earlier penned books including Prophets, Poets & Philosopher- Kings and Processes Controlling the Composition of Clastic Sediments.

I am thankful to Leadstart Publishing for providing me with a review copy of the book.

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