It's a simple story of two young people who fall in love and in doing that, manage to clear our minds about midgets and their small world.
Chotoder Chobi is one film that brims with potential, which, sadly, is never really harnessed to the optimal level. All the actors, especially Dulal and Debolina, have done a terrific job in their debut project, the camera work and editing are spot on, even the music adds substance to the narrative, but a film's performance always boils down to its script. And somehow, the script seems to skim the surface of a turbulent ocean — the strong undercurrent of social ostracism and the resultant mental trauma are hardly visible.
Now, you must be wondering where social ostracism comes into the picture. That's exactly the catch. The story has the potential to explore the rampant inequality that midgets face and the despair that follows, but the narrative, as it unfolds, becomes quite generic. Anyone can fit into the roles of Shibu, Soma, Khoka or the other characters. Any employer can mete out such unjust treatment to any employee, and not necessarily a midget. So, nowhere is the social disparity or the ridicule that's so common when it comes to midgets visible in the film, except one stray incident in a bus. In other words,
could be anyone's chobi. This, in a way, makes the film lose out on a lot of untapped potential.
On the brighter side, the film does away with the common notion that midgets are physically and mentally challenged and can only do well as circus jokers or as comic characters in movies or TV shows. It looks into the private world of these individuals, who often end up shunning social contact, fearing ostracism. It certainly makes one feel more at ease with the fact that midgets, who are just victims of a birth defect called dwarfism, are just shorter human beings. They are just like us on all counts, except their height.
Dev poses with Chotoder Chobi stars
Moreover, the film is really good from a technical point of view. Be it the camera work that aptly highlights the small stature of the actors, to the precise editing — everything keeps the film, which is a bit slow by commercial standards, moving at an interesting pace. The music by Indraadip Das Gupta, especially the engaging background score, also adds to the drama. Over all,
is a film made beautiful by its two 'choto' protagonists Dulal and Deblina, and it certainly deserves a watch. It's a simple story of two young people who fall in love and in doing that, manage to clear our minds about midgets and their small world.