You'll not only walk out of the theatre with a smile after watching he film, but a 'habit' you wouldn't want to change.
Biswanath Mazumdar (Soumitra Chatterjee) shocks his son and daughter-in-law (Shankar and Indrani), three daughters (Rituparna, Aparajita and Monami) and their husbands (Sujoy, Kharaj and Anindya) by announcing to his decision to divorce his wife, Aarti, (Swatilekha Sengupta) after 49 years of marriage. What follows is an emotional re-discovery of the institution of marriage.
is one film that refuses to end. In fact, it has been more than 24 hours since I walked out of the theatre, but the sounds and images created by a septuagenarian couple's tryst with the myopia that plagues modern-day marriages linger on. Each minute that has ticked by since has been pregnant with some form of realization — about life, relationships and, most of all, about marriage. And every passing minute has added to my conviction that cinema can change things — for better, or worse. Maybe
can even mend marriages on the verge of falling apart. That, my friend, is powerful cinema.
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Its power doesn't lie in the good cinematography, the great direction, the powerful and engaging performances by all the actors, or the good music. It lies in the surprising simplicity of the storyline. And the deep emotional reaction it elicits from every member of the audience. Why, most in the audience wept and laughed with the characters for well over 2 hours. And it would be an injustice to say I didn't. It's a story that touched some hidden chord deep inside.
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And that's because it asks questions through its characters that make you sit up and look inward. When have I done that last? That keeps happening in my life too! Could that be the reason why my wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend is offended? These are some of the questions anyone watching the film might ask themselves, of course, when they are not busy laughing or wiping tears. As for the technical aspects of the film, there's nothing exceptional. It's a good production with good camerawork, good music and good direction. The songs, too, are well-placed and the background score complements the visuals and their moods. Acting-wise, Soumitra Chatterjee and Swatilekha Sengupta are, as usual, at their seasoned best, though Kharaj and Aparajita take the cake with their energy and fantastic comic timing. The others, including the child actors, have done absolute justice to their roles. Not one misplaced shot, no goof-up, no jerk.
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But even such perfection would have come a naught had it not been for the gem of a concept and the brilliant script. And that's exactly why you should watch
with that very person who you started out loving, but of late, have begun to view more as a boring habit. You'll not only walk out of the theatre with a smile, but a 'habit' you wouldn't want to change.