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Chauranga

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08 Jan, 2016 1 hr 26 mins A
Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Arpita Pal, Soham Maitra, Riddhi Sen, Ena Saha, Anshuman Jha, Delzad Hiwale
Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Arpita Pal, Soham Maitra, Riddhi Sen, Ena Saha, Anshuman Jha, Delzad Hiwale
Bikas Ranjan Mishra
Synopsis
Despite being a well-intentioned story about the many 'isms' that plague India, the film’s narrative fails to explore the dynamics of hierarchy politics that is the heart of the issue.
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CHAURANGA IS A TIRADE THAT RANTS WITHOUT DERIVING A SOLUTION!

Story:
Even in today's day and age, a Dalit woman named Dhaniya (Tannishtha Chatterjee)) and her sons continue to fight for basic human rights. Braving the brunt of cast politics, she woos the local Zamindar (Sanjay Suri) to win a secure life for her family.

Review: Chauranga is a tirade that rants without deriving a solution to the problem it addresses. Despite being a well-intentioned story about the many 'isms' that plague India, the film's narrative fails to explore the dynamics of hierarchy politics that is the heart of the issue. Director Bikas Ranjan Mishra seems too distracted in his storytelling, which makes the film half-baked. You are never allowed to invest whole-heartedly in the characters. In this case, the viewer is reduced to being a mere spectator who is never entirely absorbed or overwhelmed by what plays out on screen. Atrocities on dalits in India is a subject that filmmakers have frequently attempted, but Chauranga lacks an opinionated voice.

The rebel child Santu (Soham Maitra) is the only one who draws you towards the drab story. There is a visible spunk in him. His grouse towards life, his yearning for the love of his master's daughter and his irreverent attitude has a striking relatability. Soham, in the author-backed role, suffuses a refreshing energy to the plot. In a delightfully risque scene, he audaciously enters the out-of-bounds temple premises and rides the Nandi bull. In an otherwise unimpressive movie, Mishra gives us this one character to root for.

There are moments where Chauranga gives you the Masaan feel, but lacks its poetry and depth. Its women characters in this film are pitiable. Be it the dalit woman Dhaniya who has to satiate the Zamindar's lust to win her sons a ticket to a better life or his own wife and daughter, who lurk around like shadows in his mansion, the women are all singularly uni-dimensional.

Chauranga is neither provocative nor skillful in its portrayal. Though its last scene ushers in a ray of hope to nullify the haunting gory glimpses from the film, it never soars high enough to affect you.
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nice storyline
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hatke movie
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