So, if you believe in magic onscreen, don't shy away from spending some time at the theatre watching Angshumaner Chhobi. You won't regret the decision.
A warm embrace, a standing ovation, a thunderous applause, suitably paired with Bravo and Kudos. Atanu Ghosh deserves all these and much more. His directorial debut doesn���t betray the inexperience of a fresher. In fact, his competent telefilm, documentary and short film background translates on the big screen even as Ghosh puts his storywriting, screenplay and directorial skills to test through a resplendent visual poetry.
It���s a film within a film where the protagonist, Angshuman (Indraneil), returns to India from Italy after eight long years to make a film on a painter suffering from dementia. Angshuman���s efforts to rope in Pradyut Mukherjee (Soumitra), who has long since given up the silver screen and a one-time National Award winner Madhura Sen (Indrani), who now ekes out a living by doing jatra, form the core of the film. The emotional trauma of the ageing actor haunted by death and the inflated ego of Madhura meet a crushing climax when through a conversation, the two characters merge into those from Angshuman���s film.
Even as the different layers and shades to the characters��� lives are unfolded, be it Madhura���s estranged past from her obsessed husband and her new-found companionship in Indranil, a gigolo, Indranil���s traumatic past with divorced parents, Pradyut���s fear of staying at his own place in Kolkata while shooting, Indranil���s subtle resilience as a film-maker, the film touches a chord with the mass and the characters��� journey seem like own���s own.
Matched with stellar performances by each and every member of the cast, Ghosh instils confidence among film-makers that one doesn���t always need big names to make a film work. Indraneil certainly is a revelation as is Tota���s execution of a gigolo. Credit must also go to Abir Chatterjee for doing a stupendous job dubbing for Indraneil. Rocket Mondal���s scores only add on to the magic.
So, if you believe in magic onscreen, don���t shy away from spending some time at the theatre watching Angshumaner Chhobi. You won���t regret the decision.