is fresh in its approach and that's what makes it different
Pramit, an amateur documentary filmmaker, is tired of girls rejecting his propositions.
Prem ki? Ki kore prem hoye?
Troubled by such questions, he takes it upon himself to solve the puzzle anyhow. And this time around, he plans to make a documentary film on love.
We see an excited Pramit, and his cameraperson, Amit, set sail on a journey of a lifetime. On the way, they meet several people — an astrologer, an elderly teacher, his student — who share their romantic escapades with them. Pramit's exploration of the subject finally leads him to the
, Mohini. Obviously, there are echoes of Odysseus' epic journey to the land of Lotus-eaters here. As you can guess by now, the village, not known to many, is believed to have magical powers. It is said that one who manages to reach there, cannot steer clear of the cupid's arrow. Love, in its several shades — both platonic and physical — doesn't disappoint him either, or, does it? Now, that's personal!
As the story progresses, the director guides you through a mysterious realm where the real blends into the surreal seamlessly. Music by Anindya Sundar Chakraborty — mostly folk but sometimes interspersed with strumming of guitar in the background — adds to the film's rural and urban mood. A few dialogues and situations actually make you laugh, and for a change, the humour is not stale. Series of chances and coincidences render an interesting twist to the plot. Don't miss the scene where the director pays his tribute to Satyajit Ray
The first half is gripping enough and leaves you asking for more. Perhaps the only flaw lies in the second half, which could have been much tighter. As the camera meanders through lanes and by-lanes of the city — also capturing the beautiful village landscapes later — sans any artificial light, the frames look natural and much closer to life.
Besides, the audience gets to see some good performances by actors like Supriyo Dutta, Sudipa Basu, Debesh Roy Choudhury, Monu Mukherjee and Churni Ganguly. Aparajita Ghosh Das — the naughty and chirpy village girl — is convincing as Shampa. But it is Ritwik Chakraborty as Pramit, who shoulders the film with his effortless acting till the end. The actor's body language, expression and comic timing are just brilliant. His camaraderie with Amit, essayed by Amit Saha, is heartwarming. Even Amit, on his part, goes with the flow. Senior actress Madhabi Mukherjee's presence on screen as Shampa's grandmother, brings a smile on your face.
is fresh in its approach and that's what makes it different. A novel attempt by Pradipta Bhattacharya, the film is definitely worth a watch.