Bodhon is the emotional journey of a woman torn between self-pity and the desire to be a good mother. And the foundation is laid the day she decides to adopt a girl child and give her a better life. Soon her daughter starts showing early signs of autism, triggering an emotional backlash from her mother that sets the whole family off balance. Despite her husband's attempts to put her at ease, she finds it extremely difficult to come to terms with the fact that she has to mother an autistic girl for the rest of her life, and that too, when that girl is not even her offspring. And over all, the director has handled the delicate subject of a mother's awakening (bodhon) with kid gloves, doing a really good job in the process. The way subjects like adoption, autism and congenital diseases has been handled is truly praise-worthy. Not once does the film seem preachy or melodramatic; the approach is as natural and balanced as cinematically possible. And in that lies the strength of the film.
Coming to acting, every actor has done their bit with perfection. Yes, at times the chemistry between Joy and Arpita did seem a bit forced, but still, both of them have moved along their individual orbits with elan. Arpita, especially, has managed to portray her inner turmoil quite clearly.
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Moreover, the way the film's title has been justified surely deserves praise. And the constant connect to Ma Durga — be it through a shloka playing in the background or through a half-made Puja pandal — throughout the film is surely the masterstroke. It keeps the essence of the film alive for the two screen hours.
Over all, Bodhon is a film every parent should watch. Not because they need to learn how to be a good parent, but to witness something close to their hearts. To witness life, love and kinship and that cohesive entity called a family. But most importantly, in these times when reel relationships are often made convoluted, complex and even unrealistic to add that touch of drama,
is a drop of clarity that focuses not on problems, but on the solution. And every relationship is just about that — facing problems and finding solutions together, though sometimes, individual battles need to fought.
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