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Basanta Utsav

Out Of Theatre
29 Mar, 2013 1 hr 44 mins U/A
Arunima Ghosh, June, Pijush Ganguly, Priyam, Subrat Dutt, Laboni Sarkar, Mousumi, Pradip Mukherjee and Rhitabrata Bhattacharya
Arunima Ghosh, June, Pijush Ganguly, Priyam, Subrat Dutt, Laboni Sarkar, Mousumi, Pradip Mukherjee and Rhitabrata Bhattacharya
Rhitabrata Bhattacharya
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Unfortunately, Basanta Utsav never really rejoices in the craziness, colours or magnitude of love. It merely skims the surface of its characters. And as a result, you feel neither involved nor compassionate.
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  • Times of India

Unfortunately, Basanta Utsav never really rejoices in the craziness, colours or magnitude of love. It merely skims the surface of its characters. And as a result, you feel neither involved nor compassionate.

Initial reaction: Nahiiiiiiiin... Interval: Blank. End: Kyun? Kyun? Kyun? No offense, but for once it seems that even the saas-bahu sagas on small screen have more to offer in terms of entertainment value. Agreed, it is difficult to cram five different love stories in a single film. And no doubt, journalist-turned-director Rhitabrata Bhattacharya must have tried his best, but alas, the deficiencies outweigh everything in this project and Basanta Utsav tests the patience of the viewers for more reasons than one. We shall come back to that later.

Abhishikta (Arunima) comes to Santiniketan from Kolkata to be a part of Basanta Utsav , where she meets Neel (Priyam), a budding sculptor and a student at the university. Neel offers to be Abhishikta's guide during her stay in the town. Neel is clueless about her real identity. Over the next three days, Neel explores his love for her.
Trina (Piyali Munshi) is a college student who gets involved in a relationship with a married man, Prof Anargha (Pijush Ganguly). Trina and Anargha had planned the trip to Santiniketan so that they could spend some time together during Holi. But during the course of the film, Trina realizes that Anargha wants to get physically intimate with her and has no emotional attachment whatsoever. Trina is heartbroken when she sees Anargha with his wife, Sumitra (June) at the Dol Utsav.
The reason for Lina's (Laboni Sarkar) visit to Santiniketan is to meet her old friend. On reaching there, she learns from an elderly Prof Abinash that her friend has left the town years ago. However, Lina and Abinash bond instantly. He is in for a shock when Lina tells him that she is suffering from cancer.
TV reporter Ritrin (Rhitabrata Bhattacharya) camps at Santiniketan to cover Basanta Utsav. There he meets Abirlal (Subrat), a DVD shop owner, who seeks Ritrin's help to solve the murder mystery of his neighbour's wife (Mousumi), whom he was in love with. Ritrin assures to help him once he is done with the assignment at hand. Then, something happens and Ritrin gets upset. But the show must go on...
The stories might seem interesting on paper, but when translated on screen, come across as only an extension of a 'feature story', as we call it — with 'human interest angle' in place. Sadly, the film doesn't entertain. Extremely low on content, most of the actors disappoint in the acting department with their one-dimensional portrayal, except for maybe Pradip Mukherjee and Subrat, who are natural in their body language and expressions.
Mousumi is fairly okay while Arunima, despite her accent and affectations a la Sushmita Sen, is tolerable. Piyali and Pijush's episode is melodramatic and gets irritating after a point. June looks pretty but could have done better as Pijush's much-neglected wife. You expect a lot more from an accomplished actor like Pijush, but here, his half-hearted performance is a let down. For all her raving and ranting, Piyali, with her amateurish acting, fails to impress. Considering the kind of experience Rhitabrata has in the audio-visual medium, he appears visibly conscious in front of the camera. It is high time Priyam should concentrate on his diction. The manner in which he says 'I love you' to Arunima, sounds more comical than emotional.
Unfortunately, Basanta Utsav never really rejoices in the craziness, colours or magnitude of love. It merely skims the surface of its characters. And as a result, you feel neither involved nor compassionate.
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Avg Users’ Rating 2.4/5 ( 3 users )
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nitish ghosh
Very nice bangali movie basanta utsav , I am show happy , thanks for rhitabrata & all for basanta utsav team
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Mauli Agarwal
nice
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