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Movie Review – Vinci Da by Srijit Mukherji

 

The Übermensch (meaning super-human) is a concept developed by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. In his book ‘Thus Spake Zaruthastra’ Nietzsche describes how God is dead and it is up to the Übermensch to set the world in order, for a better future. Srijit Mukherji borrows this concept in his latest venture ‘Vinci Da’ – a psychological thriller that questions the very concept of what is good and evil.

Vinci Da is the story of a mentally-deranged man Adi Bose, who considers himself Nietzsche’s Übermensch. A ‘lawyer’ by choice, Adi had a troubled childhood (having murdered his own father, just half an hour before turning 18; thus avoiding capital punishment) – more of that later. Adi Bose is law unto himself, who does not care about a few ‘collateral damages’ in this war against law-breakers who escape justice because of the corrupt system.

To bring his ‘noble cause’ to fruition, Adi Bose hires the services of a prosthetics make-up artist in Tollywood – Vinci Da. A Leonardo Da Vinci fanatic, Vinci Da finds it hard to find work in Tolly-para because of his uprightness and refusal to budge from the righteous stand. Inadvertently, his artistic acumen suffers as he is forced to earn a livelihood by working for local drama companies. It is not a surprise that he laps up the proposal of a challenging work from Adi Bose, which will demonstrate to the world the wonders he has up his sleeves.

What follows is an intense Ken and Abel-esque clash between two ideas. Vinci Da is torn between his artistic enterprises and the hapless suffering the innocent ‘collaterals’ have to bear. Adi Bose, on the other hand, metamorphoses from the vigilante who wants to rid the society from law-breakers into a shrewd, manipulative, power-hungry villain who would stop at nothing. In signature-Srijit Mukherji style, the duel enters the final act with a bang and curtains fall with a dramatic twist. Fate has the artist imprisoned in his own work.

‘Vinci Da’ may not be Srijit Mukherji’s best work, but surely is among the front-runners to qualify as his best five films. With power-packed performances by the two leading actors, hard-hitting dialogues (a forte of Srijit Mukherji), spellbinding art direction, foot-tapping music by Anupam Roy and the brilliant use of lighting in some scenes, Vinci Da easily makes an impact. The chemistry that Ritwick Chakraborty (Adi Bose) and Rudranil Ghosh (Vinci Da) share would remind one of Feluda and Maganlal Meghraj.

There are scenes in the film, which stay with you. The dream sequence where Leonardo Da Vinci is painting Mona Lisa – with Rudranil and Sohini’s voiceovers, or the sequence before the interval where Adi Bose demolishes Vinci Da’s reverence from Da Vinci, are truly of international standards. And then, there is the gruesome murder sequence in the beginning of the film. Riddhi Sen hits the ball out of the stadium as young Adi Bose.

Alas, after all the memes and videos on DCDD Poddar, one had to satisfy themselves with a scene or two of the enigmatic character – forever in pursuit of Bose and Vinci Da. Even in his short presence on screen, Anirban Bhattacharya is a beacon that shines bright. As does Sohini Sarkar as Vinci Da’s love interest, and a pivotal character who significantly influences the game of nerves between Adi Bose and Vinci Da. The hasty climax and jarring background score in some scenes are the only sore-points in an otherwise Srijit-esque thriller.

As I had said in my immediate reaction on Facebook after watching the film, Vinci Da is more psychological than thriller. The film provokes you to think and question your belief-systems. Notwithstanding Nietzsche and Übermensch, Vinci Da is also a socio-political commentary on the daily mockery of democracy in our country, that has become the mainstay.

May be, our very own Übermensch will rise from within.

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Bid adieu to 2018 with these soulful songs

“Without music, life would be a mistake”

There is limited scope of disagreeing with this insight on music by Friedrich Nietzsche. Life would be like a monochromatic painting lying unattended in a corner in the attic without music. As Satyajit Ray had famously said in Goopi Gyne Bagha Byne “Bhasha emon kotha bole, bojhe re sokole” (music speaks an universal language, understood by all). How can a middle-class Bengali dispute him?

Music is an inspiration for me. In the profession of writing, my productivity is at its best when I am plugged in to my earphones. A Rahmaniac by choice, I have grown tired of Bollywood music. English music does not excite me. However, over the last few years, Bengali music scene has evolved and matured. With a lot of experimentation, the sound of music has come of age.

In this listicle, I share with you all my favourite Bengali songs from 2018:

10. Amar Dukkhogulo – Composed by Anupam Roy and sung by Iman Chakraborty, this song from ‘Drishtikone’ communicates the pangs of love with ease.

 

09. Lokkhiti – Again from Drishtikone, and composed by Anupam Roy, this song will reverberate in your heart. Sung by Poulumi Majumder, Lokkhiti conveys the angst-filled-despair of separation.

 

08. Hridayer Rong – Yet another Anupam Roy composition. Sung by Lagnajita Chakraborty, the song evokes a passionate requiem of old love.

 

07. Tor Sathe – Arindom will melt your heart with this soulful melody celebrating the bonds of togetherness.

 

06. Bhule Jeo Amare – I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes when this song played in that particular sequence of ‘Generation Ami’. A songs that will make you miss your loved ones.

 

05. Bhutu Bhaijaan – The playful innocence of the songs will win your heart. Haami did not meet my standards of movie-viewing experience. But the film lives up to the music charts.

 

04. Duniya – A peppy and exuberant melody from Crisscross, the song will fill you with positivity and hope. The fresh sound of the composition is an added bonus.

 

03. Esho Hey – Despite being a die-hard fan of Shreya Ghoshal, this song struck a chord with me for Ishan Moitra. A semi-classical composition fetching nearly 2 million views on Youtube is a wonder in itself.

 

02. Monta Ahare – Srijit Mukherjee’s lyrics will pierce your heart. Neel Dutta’s composition complements the beauty of the words. Romance is personified in one of the cult romantic compositions of the year.

 

01. Uma – Entire soundtrack – When I started writing this listicle, I had decided to put Uma’s songs in the top four slots. And then I ran out of anymore slots. It is excruciatingly difficult to choose one song over another from this album. Thank you Anupam Da and Srijit Da.

 

All I can say is that 2018 was a musical year. And going by the trends of Bijoya and Shahjahan Regency, one can safely say 2019 will be too.

 

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