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With its lonely corridors, creepy alleys, dark cells and more, 89 is somewhat reminiscent of moody psychological thrillers from Hollywood and Asian cinema.
Purba (Raima Sen), a psychiatrist by profession, witnesses a bomb blast in her city. The trauma unearths some dark secrets from her past. With the help of ATS officer Anup (Shataf Figar) and a hypnotist (Barun Chanda), she comes face to face with a serial killer who changed her life.
What defines a well-made psychological thriller? Is it the intricacy of plot? An element of surprise? Excellent performances? Or the unexpected twist in the end? It's a bit of all and though Tollywood doesn't produce too many of those films, Manoj Michgan's
is an honest attempt with a gripping storyline, a good script and smart making.
The non-linear storyline works well here, as we get a glimpse into Purba's troubled past and how her uncertain present is affected by a cold-blooded killer, Sabyasachi. As the mystery unravels, Sabyasachi's character is revealed gradually — from a smooth-talking man to a moody and calculative fiend. The director keeps the audience guessing about his intentions. The best part is, there are no unnecessary songs or tear-jerking melodrama to dilute the tension that holds good through the movie.
With its lonely corridors, creepy alleys, dark cells and more, 89 is somewhat reminiscent of moody psychological thrillers from Hollywood and Asian cinema. The second half flags a bit though and you can second-guess the killer's intentions — not a great advertisement for the film's genre allegiance. However, there isn't a single loose string in the plot that the director forgets to tie up at the end. The performances — Raima with her big eyes and an air of vulnerability, Shataf with his street smartness and suave demeanour and most importantly, Saswata with his subtle but bone-chilling cruelty — also make this film worth a watch.
As the mystery unravels, Sabyasachi's character is revealed gradually — from a smooth-talking man to a moody and calculative fiend.
An Indian neuroscientist in the US has been awarded a prestigious grant under President Barack Obama's initiative to map the human brain. <br/><br/>The grant will help him to develop a "virtual neuroanatomist", an artificial-intelligence system that can identify cell types and neural structures in microscopic images of brain slices. <br/><br/>The two researchers at the National Science Foundation, Partha Mitra and Florin Albeanu, have been awarded Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) under President Barack Obama's multi-year Brain Initiative, a statement released by the laboratory said. <br/><br/>The award provides $300,000 over two years for the development of innovative conceptual and physical tools to advance neuroscience. The awards are intended to fund short-term, proof-of-concept projects with the prospect of high-payoffs. <br/><br/>Mitra is working to develop an integrative picture of brain function, incorporating theory and experimental work, it said. <br/><br/>He is also the founder of the Mouse Brain Architecture Project, an experimental effort to develop a brain-wide connectivity map of the mouse brain, the statement said.