Movie Review: Belaseshe
Tumi robe nirobe, hridaye mamo… If I was asked to summarise my review of Belaseshe, these lines by Tagore would be it. Used as a background score throughout the film, the haunting melody of the sarod still rings true in the ears. Shiboprosad and Nandita deliver another gem to the viewers – this time with a family drama.
What keeps a marriage going? Is it the bond of love or just the habit of togetherness? How important is physical relationship in a marriage to make it long-lasting? In this age of social-networking, are we forgetting the basic network of a domestic life? The director duo handle the issues with elan in this two and half hour film.
Bishwanath Majumder, the owner of famous “Majumder & Sons” (I liked the trick with Chatterjee & Sons), is married to Arati for 49 years when their life takes a surprise turn! Bishwanath wants legal separation from his wife Arati – who has been a housewife all her life – to make her self-dependent. He makes his children party to this decision on Bijoya Dashami.
When this case comes up before the court, the judge (Barun Chanda looked more of a marriage counselor than a judge) refuses to believe there has been an irreparable breakdown of marriage. Instead he asks Bishwanath and Arati to spend 15 days on a vacation, alone.
What follows is a journey of realisation, self-discovery, pent-up emotions finding an outlet… Love gets a new meaning, relationships are redefined and family ties are shaken.
Needless to say, Soumitra and Swatilekha enjoy a beautiful chemistry which translates on the screen. Every actor justified their role, every sub-plot was handled maturely. The sequence where the entire family plays the “I Wish” game, and Arati’s response, will surely bring tears of joy to your eyes.
The beauty of Belaseshe lies in the small moments of togetherness and joy, just like a domestic life. The Durga Puja sequence or the scene at the Kenduli Mela are sheer bliss. We live in a world of nuclear families; films like Belaseshe which has a joint family as protagonist reinforce our belief in the value system.
Hope to see many more films like Belaseshe from Shiboprosad and Nandita.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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