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Times of India
It's really difficult to judge a film which comes with the promise of a sequel where the story will hopefully draw to a close
You might know the ingredients of a particular dish, but a great chef always cooks it better. As with cooking, so with filmmaking. Not every romance turns out to be a
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
; not every political thriller is a
. That's the case with A Political Murder (Part One). Director Agnidev Chatterjee doesn't miss a single element of a political thriller - there's a beautiful, courageous and morally strong protagonist, a rebellious and charismatic student leader, a 1000-crore education scam and a maze of grey characters. But the storyline is so convoluted and the sequence of events so confusing that the films loses focus after a point.
The film starts from Indrani's (Rituparna) point of view. She's the Bengali professor of a prominent college where student elections are covered by the media. We see her sister-in -law, Aditi (Priyanka), celebrating her winning the general secretary's post with her fellow comrades and the leader she hero-worships, Udayshekhar Indu (Rahul). As the professors join the celebrations and start dancing with the students (in which Kolkata college can you dream of seeing this?), Indrani is shot by an unknown assassin. The story goes into a flashback from there and we see Indrani's earlier feud with Indu and her protest against his dadagiri.
To see an end to this, Indrani writes a letter to the education minister. A meeting with the minister gives Indrani a chance to be a part of the advisory committee that is looking into the 1000-crore education scam in the state. The plot remains clear as long as you're seeing things from Indrani's perspective. But the film takes a U-turn and starts from Indu's point of view. After that both the versions develop simultaneously and the plot gets confusing.
However, the casting is the film's high point. Apart from Rituparna, Rahul and Priyanka portray their roles perfectly. The others are also appropriate. Kaushik Sen as Rituparna's middle-class
husband is superb. His dynamics with Rituparna remind you strongly of Rituparno Ghosh's Dahan and Rituparna's struggle with her husband there. But weak dialogues and some tacky songs make this film an average watch.
P.S. It's really difficult to judge a film which comes with the promise of a sequel where the story will hopefully draw to a close. But one hopes the director will take greater care about not keeping too many loose threads in the film.