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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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Film Review: Yeti Obhijaan by Srijit Mukherjee

Durga Pujo brings with it several cultural and social appendages that make this autumnal festival so glorious and enthusing. Among the myriad cultural innuendos associated with Pujo, ‘Pujor Release’ tops the list for Bengalis, for sure. And when it comes to Pujo releases, Srijit Mukherjee is a name to reckon with. From Autograph (2010) to Zulfiqar (2016), his films have always added to the splendour and merriment during the festivities.

Pujobarshiki (or special Durga Pujo editions of popular magazines) is also ingrained in our festive culture, just like films. And Pujobarshiki Anandamela always meant embarking on a new adventure trail with Kakababu. When the trailer of ‘Yeti Obhijaan‘ released, it brought a wave of nostalgia with it. The trailer was visually stunning, the story was intriguing and the feel of the trailer was sensational. And the film lives up to the interest the trailer peeked in viewers.

The scale of this film is as grand as the Himalayas. Soumik Halder deserves the biggest credit for capturing the essence of this larger-than-life canvas in the most serene style. He almost humanises the Hills, which is endearing to say the least.The exceptional use of aerial shots, coupled with the vibrant texture of the varied hues of snow lets your imagination run wild. There is a scene where an injured Sherpa makes his way to the camp, sliding on the snow. The gleaming red colour of his blood, juxtaposed against the dry and sombre snow, was a spectacle to behold. The film also stands out for the breathtakingly beautiful use of lights in the underground caves, where the climax of the film unfolds.

One of the reasons why I had not liked Mishawr Rohosyo was the length of the film and unnecessary sub-plots. Yeti Obhijaan steers clear of these shortcomings and in a signature-Srijit style presents an exhilarating thriller that would be palatable for anyone from 8 to 80. The dialogues are witty and sharp. And the riveting background score is sure to give you goosebumps all along.

Prosenjit Chatterjee gets in to the skin of the character and makes it his own. His silent stares, signature limp, and quintessential Bangaliana will keep you on the edge of your seats. As Shantu, Aryan Bhowmick has come a long way from Mishawr Rohosyo. Even the character of Shantu has evolved and matured. In his small role, Jishu Sengupta again gives us a taste of his mettle.

Few years back, when Chander Pahar was adapted for the silver screen, the makers faced a flurry of angry reactions over the depiction of Bunyip. These are characters we have grown up with; we have visualised them in certain fashion in our own imaginations. Any conflict is bound to create a negative impact. In fact, after seeing the posters of Yeti Obhijaan, one question kept lingering in my mind. Will the Yeti go the Bunyip way? Srijit Mukherjee surely deserves a word of praise for his intelligent handling of the ‘myth’.

Overall, Srijit Mukherjee deserves a huge pat on the back, and a packet full of sweets from Balaram Mullick (wink) for setting the bar high yet again. Bengali cinema has never seen an adventure film of this magnitude, and finesse, before. This Durga Pujo, every Bengali must take a ride of nostalgia to the Alps with Yeti Obhijaan.

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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