Out Of Theatre

Arshinagar

Out Of Theatre
25 Dec, 2015 2 hrs 14 mins U/A
Dev, Rittika Sen, Jisshu Sengupta, Waheeda Rehman
Dev, Rittika Sen, Jisshu Sengupta, Waheeda Rehman
Aparna Sen
Synopsis
Truth be told, this one is not a must watch, but it is certainly a film you can watch to understand that movies can also be made this way. The
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Truth be told, this one is not a must watch, but it is certainly a film you can watch to understand that movies can also be made this way. The hatke approach makes it interesting. Just pack two tubs of popcorn, as an empty stomach won't let you sit in peace for two and a half hours.

​The high point of the film are the performances. All the actors, including Dev, have performed perfectly. However, Jisshu and Swagata take the cake. Jisshu's kohl-eyed take on Tybalt adds that right dash of salt to the broth, while Swagata plays the perfect blend of the Nurse and the Chorus, giving the narrative that slight push whenever it needs a twist. Even Rittika does a good job of playing the innocent and playful Zulekha.

Romeo and Juliet, a contemporary adaptation, strains of religious intolerance and psychological undercurrents — Arshinagar has all of this and more. So that should have made for a great film, right? But this experiment, which is Aparna Sen's latest presentation as director after her 2013 hit, Goynar Baksho , falters somewhat in execution. Arshinagar could have been a breath fresh air, but as you walk out of the theatre, you're not exactly sure if you've just watched Shakespearean drama, a musical or an abstract play. Take, for instance, this entire gang war, which is played out through a martial dance sequence. The surreal feel goes for a toss the moment a real dagger slashes a real throat at the end. The question is, why do the characters have to dance their fight out when the end is not make-believe? This see-sawing between reality and make believe is what makes the broth a bit too thick to swallow. The drama is real, and that makes the action scenes look ludicrous. If the intent was to avoid violence, then it must be said that the film fails to do that. Violence is woven into the very fabric of the film. So, why add that abstract touch to action sequences only? Why not to romantic or dramatic sequences? And most importantly, if the mirrors reflect the alter ego, why are they just props in the film? Where's the connect, except a Parvathy Baul song?

Then there's that almost-a-musical air. The lead pair sings, neighbourhood goons sing, slum-dwellers sing, a politician sings, and Parvathy Baul sings whenever the story takes a dramatic turn. So, is Arshinagar a musical? No, it isn't, not in the true sense. It's a mishmash of so many presentation styles — including some dialogues in verse — that it ends up confusing a discerning viewer.

The high point of the film are the performances. All the actors, including Dev, have performed perfectly. However, Jisshu and Swagata take the cake. Jisshu's kohl-eyed take on Tybalt adds that right dash of salt to the broth, while Swagata plays the perfect blend of the Nurse and the Chorus, giving the narrative that slight push whenever it needs a twist. Even Rittika does a good job of playing the innocent and playful Zulekha. She looks the part. Dev and his gang, especially Anindya and Anirban, add the fun moments to the film. Their burqa act, during which Rono (Dev) meets Julie (Rittika), is worth its share of ceetees. Overall, Dev breathes life into the innocent yet seasoned lover boy role of Rono.

Another highlight of the film is, of course, its music. And Debojyoti Mishra has nailed it. From the lyrics-heavy situational songs and the Sufi strains to the good background score, the film is a musical delight. But yes, one song, Jaan qubul, stands out like a sore thumb. It's a wannabe rock track at best, as it lacks its twin souls — the energy and the tempo.

But at the end of the day, what matters is whether the movie is watchable or not. Truth be told, this one is not a must watch, but it is certainly a film you can watch to understand that movies can also be made this way. The hatke approach makes it interesting. Just pack two tubs of popcorn, as an empty stomach won't let you sit in peace for two and a half hours.
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Avg Users’ Rating 2.9/5 ( 29 users )
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suhas wakchoure
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Swastik Sardar
yes it has such a new style but often the style getting a funny and ridiculous to take.<br/>it is hard to think that the director''s name is Aparna Mukhuerjee<br/>and it is also easy to think that it is a DEV MOVIE...<br/>and Go for it as usual DEV MOVIE... u will feel fully POISAUSSUL
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Arindam Dhar
worst and bad movie of that year
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