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Bastu Shaap

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15 Jan, 2016 2 hrs 09 mins U/A
Abir Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Parambrata Chatterjee, Churni Ganguly, Kaushik Ganguly
Abir Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Parambrata Chatterjee, Churni Ganguly, Kaushik Ganguly
Kaushik Ganguly
Synopsis
There are great movies, there are bad ones and then there are the insightful ones. Bastushaap is a feel-good movie that will make you think as you leave the theatre. Don’t give it a miss.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
There are great movies, there are bad ones and then there are the insightful ones. Bastushaap is a feel-good movie that will make you think as you leave the theatre. Don't give it a miss.

Five minutes into Bastushaap, the audience is left in splits owing to the amazing chemistry between Parambrata and Kaushik Ganguly. And before you begin to figure out what awaits, the latter gives you a host of characters, each fairly etched out, to keep your minds busy. A lonely wife, a remorseful but arrogant husband and a third angle to disrupt the balance — Bastushaap is a relatable story that gets to you as it unfolds. A brilliant screenplay and narrative manages to keep the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the film.

Abir plays the most inscrutable character and he walks the walk and talks the talk. His character, tough, reckless, with shades of grey, is a far cry from what he generally depicts on screen. He is unassuming, yet his character pulls both ways — a mix of nerves of steel and the vulnerability of a man whose wife has fallen out of love with him. Raima, as the lonely wife, is able, her eyes doing most of the talking. Parambrata, who plays the lynchpin in the film, is strikingly poignant as the level-headed Kushal. He ably portrays Kushal's conflict of the mind and the heart and is charming through and through.

Churni Ganguly as Major Arjun's sister Antara, is delightful. She plays the part with unbelievable conviction and takes you to her mind merely through her eyes and body language. But it is Kaushik Ganguly who steals the show. Most of his lines involve him evoking laughter and he succeeds brilliantly. Although the film is majorly shot indoors, top-notch cinematography captures some of the unexplored locales of north Bengal beautifully. The music too, scores a high. Tomake chuey dilam beautifully rendered by Arijit Singh, will soothe you.

There are too many winning points in the film — a scene where Abir engages Parambrata and Kaushik Ganguly in a plinking game is brilliantly written and executed. In another, Abir, in a pre-meditated move, calmly asks Parambrata to leave the house and the tension is palpable.

As the credits roll, you are left with a resounding thought — it's easy to be stuck in the past. The emotional quicksand exerts a strong downward pull on the mind, making you unable to move forward and lead a happy life. And no amount or vaastu or feng shui can help you lead a peaceful and harmonious life until you let go of the dark corners of your heart.

There are great movies, there are bad ones and then there are the insightful ones. Bastushaap is a feel-good movie that will make you think as you leave the theatre. Don't give it a miss.

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Bishal Paul
Sometimes some movies just touches the innercore. This is one of those.
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