The film might look beautiful with impressive cinematography and some powerful performances, but there are loose ends too many.
is about a journey, both physical and philosophical, poignant and pious. At the heart of it is a small-town simpleton, Anjaniputra Sen Sharma. He chants Hanuman Chalisa with as effortless ease as he teaches maths in school. The world he belongs to is inhabited by his young wife Tanu, cablewallah Ponchu and dirty jokes-loving Geography master. His life is very much the world before computers came into being. But then, they say, change is the only constant.
Enter computer. Enter internet. Enter apprehension. With wires replacing warmth, Anjani gets hooked to the world wide web and gets caught in it. In no time, computer becomes a wall between the loving couple. While Anjani sets sail in the world of unknown, Tanu sheds silent tears in one corner of the house. Then one day, Maria comes into Anjani's life, courtesy internet, and it changes forever. After a certain face-off with truth (or shall we say, lie?), he makes up his mind to sell off his ancestral property and travel to Iceland.
Prosenjit Chatterjee, in his trademark monkey cap, is every bit the Anjaniputra — emotional and vulnerable — who turns the tables on the world. He wakes his wife in the dead of night to talk cockroaches, cries on learning about lies yet musters the courage to travel to the end of the world and flashes a gun when the occasion calls for it. His journey from Basirhat to Iceland ain't easy, much like the character he portrays. What could have turned into a towering plume of Icelandic ash if gone wrong, Prosenjit sets right with a reined-in performance. Mousumi Bhattacharya as Tanu also shines. Her hopeless love and anguish born out of it are the film's assets. Though good in their own skin, the chemistry between the two is
. Sigh! Kaushik Sen with his 'Bai' jokes is a treat. Rudranil Ghosh, the cable guy who acts as a catalyst, is very, very Rudranil! Saskia as Maria is quite a revelation and though Oli as the Mayor of Reykjavik has his share of icy moments, he doesn't fail to impress. Saloni Pandey as the nerdy Nuri might be a toast to the eyes, but she is stiff in parts. But the surprise in the film is Gaurav Pandey in his cameo as the dirt-mouthed Hassan, who hosts Anjani in Iceland. From mock fights to friendly banter, Gaurav tugs at the heartstrings even while spewing venom.
The film might look beautiful with impressive cinematography and some powerful performances, but there are loose ends too many. The foundation on which the story stands — online friendship — is rather weak. Gaurav Pandey, not the director but the scriptwriter, has invested too little affection and too much chances into his story to make it work. Also, it's a tad too long to hold the attention. The scene where Anjani's mind travels from real to surreal while sitting at the temple is part-unwanted, part-bizarre. It's also an assault on the senses when Anjani walks down Maidan with his back against the scenic Victoria Memorial. Also, what's a Mayor without his coterie of men? Sure, this city would agree. But then,
is more about a journey than a man. And no ordinary journey this is. We call it the pilgrim's progress...