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Chaya Manush

Out Of Theatre
07 Feb, 2014 2 hrs 30 mins U/A
Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Soumitra Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Paoli Dam, Kaushik Ganguly, Debdut Ghosh
Chaya Manush is not really the kind of experience you would like to take back home — brooding and analyzing.

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  • Times of India
Chaya Manush is not really the kind of experience you would like to take back home — brooding and analyzing.

The film is all about finding your way through a maze — enveloped in mist — as the director tries to weave a story that borders somewhere between real and surreal, natural and supernatural.

Rahul (Parambrata Chattopadhyay), once a popular author, is suffering from writer's block. His wife and son leave him. Drowned in debt, he is frustrated and angry with himself. His only friend is Trisha (Paoli Dam), a journalist, who he can fall back on in times of need. One day, Rahul accidentally meets his old friend Arko (Debdut Dutta), who is now a film producer with pots of money. Arko invites him over for a drink and requests Rahul to listen to his life story. Rahul, reluctantly, decides to hear him out. There, he has a strange encounter with Pranotosh Dayal Dinobondhu (Kaushik Ganguly), who apparently knows everything about their lives. Arko calls Dayal evil and warns Rahul not to fall into his trap.


Rahul finds the whole episode a bit weird and shares it with Trisha. Meanwhile, Dayal starts haunting him and tempts him to sign a pact that'll ensure him success — both in his professional and personal life. Dayal, in turn, asks him to maintain complete secrecy and tells Rahul that he'll have to pay a small price for it, later. Eventually, a hesitant Rahul, a la Dr Faustus, signs the deal. And to his amazement, he gets a call from Vidyanath Agarwal (Soumitra Chatterjee), who he already owes a hefty amount. Vidyanath informs Rahul that his book will not only be published but will also be made into a film. He gives Rahul two paycheques in advance and enquires if Rahul would like to stay at his cottage in north Bengal, where he can write his script at ease. But whether Rahul finds peace and tranquility at all is for you to find out.

Parambrata is convincing as a tired and crestfallen writer, whose career graph is going downhill. He need space and yet craves for family life. A man who lives by logic and reason, Rahul also has a vulnerable side. Paoli as Param's friend, too, does a good job. She cares for her friend and selflessly tries to protect him from impending danger. Initially, Debdut's portrayal of Arko seems a bit affected, but the actor improves as the story progresses. Soumitra Chatterjee as Vidyanath Agarwal shines in shades of grey. But it is Kaushik Ganguly, who stands out. He is shrewd and conniving yet subtle in his movements. One wonders till the end whether he is a positive or a negative character. Though Raima looks her part as the young and enigmatic Gouri, this is certainly not one of her best performances in recent times.

Chaya Manush is not really the kind of experience you would like to take back home — brooding and analyzing. No doubt the director has invested some novelty in his treatment of an otherwise predictable narrative, but falters when it comes to setting the pace for an edgy thriller. The film has its share of chills and thrills but is low on the entertainment quotient. Editing should have been tighter. However, the intelligent handling of camera — capturing the light and shade — adds to the eerie setup and helps salvage the film to some extent.
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