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Movie Review: Projapoti Biskut by Anindya Chatterjee

After a sensational directorial debut ‘Open Tee Bioscope’ Anindya Chatterjee returns with yet another nostalgic ride in his second film ‘Projapoti Biskut’. While his first film was based in north Kolkata, and revolved around the bonds of friendship, this film dwells on the ties of marriage.

 

 

The film begins with a group of men placing an idol of ‘Kartik Thakur’ outside their friend Antar’s house. This silly prank brings with it turmoil in Antar and his wife Shaon’s life; placing Kartik Thakur’s idol in front of someone’s house is akin to asking them to make a baby. Antar-Shaon are trying to conceive but have been unsuccessful so far.

The baby here is metaphorical. Although Shaon and Antar are married for three years, they are far from becoming partners. Antar’s family, a conservative bonedi family in Bhowanipore, which swears by K-A-A-L-C-H-A-A-R, had made a prisoner out of Shaon. She had to give up everything she loves – watching serials, wearing jeans, or keeping short hair. She even had to change her name from Sraboni to Shaon because the former was not too sophisticated.

In this backdrop, the married couple’s trials and tribulations to conceive have far-reaching consequences. Without giving out spoilers, I could only say that like the ‘Projapoti Biskut’ of yesteryears, this film brings with it a wave of freshness and simplicity, which we miss in this fast-paced world. The simplistic breakdown of the complexities of life by the director is a lesson for all.

Like ‘Open Tee Bioscope’ the music of ‘Projapoti Biskut’ is one of the major pillars of the narrative. Although the film slacks in the second half, this coming-of-age tale about keeping love alive after marriage is a must-see for all. Anindya Chatterjee deserves huge pat on the back for gifting us two great actors.

Projapoti in Bengali stands for marriage, and ‘biskut’ adds the crispness to the ties of marriage. This sweet film will surely make Pujo special for Bengalis.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

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The Must-Visit Durga Pujo Pandals in Kolkata

The annual calendar of Bengalis can be broadly classified into two parts: CP and DP – Countdown to Pujo and Durga Pujo. With Maa Durga’s Akaal Bodhon slated for today evening, Pujo has FINALLY arrived. The excitement is palpable in the air (as much as in the sluggish traffic on the roads). Kolkata has decked up like a newly-wed bride, with lights and colours everywhere. The huge turnout at pandals from Dwitiya itself gives an idea of how grand this year’s Pujo will be.

If you have not yet made plans for your pandal hopping, I am here to help. Here is a list of Durga Pujos that you MUST VISIT:

Gariahat-Rashbehari

Having lived in Kasba for the last twelve years, Durga Pujo for me has become synonymous with Bosepukur Sitala Mandir and Talbagan. They are a must-watch on every pandal hopper’s list. Close on the heels in Rajdanga Naba Uday Sangha.

 

Bosepukur Sitala Mandir

Bosepukur Sitala Mandir

 

Talbagan

Talbagan

 

My Pujo Parikrama every years starts with Ekdalia Evergreen and Singhi Park in Gariahat. Hindustan Park (and Hindustan Club on the other side of the road) is also showing its mettle in the battle of Pujos.

When you are in this part of the town, how can you miss Tridhara Sammilani, Ballygunge and Samaj Sebi? Once done, visit Desopriyo Park and then move on to Badamtala Ashar Sangha and 66 Pally. Hop over to Mudiali and Shib Mandir next.

 

Ballygunge Cultural

Ballygunge Cultural

 

Ekdalia Evergreen

Ekdalia Evergreen

 

Samaj Sebi

Samaj Sebi

 

Tridhara Sammilani

Tridhara Sammilani

 

South Kolkata

Start with Babubagan in Dhakuria. Move on to Selimpur Pally, and then 95 Pally and Jodhpur Park Sarbojonin. You can next visit Santoshpur Lake Pally. Head towards Naktala Udayan Sangha and 41 Pally. From Haridevpur, go to Behala for Behala Nutan Dal and Barisha Club. Visit Suruchi Sangha and Chetla Agrani and you are done for the day.

 

41 Pally

41 Pally

 

95 Pally

95 Pally

 

Jodhpur Park

Jodhpur Park

 

Naktala Udayan Sangha

Naktala Udayan Sangha

 

North Kolkata

Durga Pujo is incomplete with a visit to Baghbazar Sarbojonin. In this age of theme Pujos, the Sabeki Pujo here still draws millions. You can then walk towards Kumortuli Park Sarbojonin from here. Ahiritola Sarbojonin is also close by. Head towards Chaltabagan (near Maniktala) and proceed to College Square and Md Ali Park. There are some more great Pujos in north Kolkata – Kashi Bose Lane, Nalin Sarkar Street, Sikdar Bagan.

 

Baghbazar

Baghbazar

 

Ahiritola

Ahiritola

Lake Town

Telangabagan Sarbojonin near Ultadanga is a top draw among pandal hoppers. Close on the heels in Kankurgachi Mitali Sangha. But these cannot match the scale of Sreebhumi Sporting Club, which is among the grandest Pujos in this part of the town. You should not miss the pandals at Lake Town Adhibasi Brinda, Dumdum Park Tarun Sangha and Bharat Chakra either.

Sreebhumi 2

Sreebhumi

 

Sreebhumi

Sreebhumi 2

 

Borisha Club 2

Borisha Club

 

Borisha Club

Borisha Club 2

 

Chetla Agrani

Chetla Agrani

 

Happy Pujo! Happy Pandal Hopping!!!

 

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