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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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Movie Review: Open Tee Bioscope

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Childhood is considered by most as the best period of life. Carefree life, vacations, para-cricket, first crush, friends who mean life to you – school days truly are memorable for anyone. Anindya Chatterjee, after gifting Bengalis classic compositions for decades, turned to direction with adolescent friendship as the theme of his debut venture.

If you grew up in the 1990s, you will surely fall in love with this film right from the first frame. From the nostalgic “Open Tee Bioscope” song that marked our childhood to the first puff of cigarette on the terrace, para friends, pranks on neighbours, wall graphiti and the political nuisance defined early ’90s – Anindya da has beautifully crafted the narrative.

The story is of Fowara – a rebel who has been expelled from school for beating up the hostel warden, and has returned to his North Kolkata para. The first half of the film is like a leisurely Sunday morning; the film is emotional yet fun. Anindya Chatterjee’s brand of humor is not crass as we often encounter in films these days.

There is a child-like innocence in the treatment of the film. Therein lies the beauty of Open Tee Bioscope. The film does not boast of being a high-on-cerebral artsy film nor is it a formulaic remake of any South India flick. It is an honest retelling of the most innocent days in any person’s life – everyone sitting in the audience can identify with.

Technically the film is not out of the world. There are moments that make it worth cherishing forever – the Dashami scene on the terrace or Fowara’s coming-of-age moment with his mentor the night before the match. As usual, Chandrabindoo’s music is brilliant as always – you cannot get enough of it (I am glued to the album on Saavn all day).

The film is a treat to watch because of the cast. Everyone has acted so flawlessly, one would wonder if the were for real. The chemistry between Baishaki (Sudipta) and Fowara (Riddhi Sen) is fabulous. Even in his small screen time, Paran Bandyopadhyay wins hearts. Rajatava Dutta is the darling para-kaku while Aparajita Adhya is your PNPC-loving middle class aunty who is good at heart.

Over all, Open Tee Bioscope is a nostalgia trip which would make you want to call up your best friend and arrange a school reunion. It is only when you watch films like these when you realise “Those were the days”.

Thank you Anindya Da.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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