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17 May, 2013 2 hrs 10 mins U
Bratya Basu, Biswanath Basu, Dipankar De, Tanima Sen, Ritwick Chakraborty, Locket Chatterjee
Synopsis
Swami Swadgajananda, from the Himalayas, arrives at a business tycoon’s house for a religious discourse where the who’s who from the city has gathered to seek his blessings. The same evening, a thief breaks into an apartment of a young couple at some corner of the city.
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  • Times of India
Swami Swadgajananda, from the Himalayas, arrives at a business tycoon's house for a religious discourse where the who's who from the city has gathered to seek his blessings. The same evening, a thief breaks into an apartment of a young couple at some corner of the city.

Aniket Chattopadhyay's film Mahapurush O Kapurush is undoubtedly a tribute to Satyajit Ray's Kapurush O Mahapurush , and has a striking resemblance to the classic, albeit in portions. But unlike Ray's film, which was based on two different stories, here's just one story that runs on two parallel tracks converging in the end.

A black comedy or sorts, the film focuses on corrupt godmen who con people and make money in the name of religion. The director points out that the coward ( kapurush ) and the genius ( mahapurush ) can exist within the same person. The film sees minister-actor Bratya Basu in various avatars — four, to be precise — out of which the two prominent roles are that of a godman , Swami Swadgajananda and the thief, Pada .

Sir Bireswar Chatterjee (Dipankar De), during his holiday trip to Panchchuli, meets this man who claims to be an incarnation of God. The man defies age and tells stories from the past — about his interactions with Deben (Debendranath Tagore), what he had eaten at Ramu's (Raja Ram Mohan Roy) place the last time he was on Planet Earth, how Chotu (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) convinced him to shave off his head and beard, so on and so forth. He doesn't forget to mention his pet (Lama Haldar), a creature from Andromeda Galaxy, his constant companion.

An impressed Bireswar decides to patronize the saint and becomes his disciple. He hosts a big event where Swamiji , with the help of his side-kick, impresses all with his impeccable predictions.

Swami Swadgajananda is an imposter, but he is a well-informed man who knows about galaxies and the universe. A smooth talker, he understands human psychology, feels the pulse of the people and is a fantastic actor at the same time.

Pada, on the other hand, is a petty thief who sneaks into other's homes to steal, his only way of sustenance. But as luck would have it, he gets caught by this couple ( Ritwik and Rimjhim ). The story thereafter is a roller-coaster ride, somewhat akin to what we have seen in the cult film, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro .

Bratya lives up to the expectations in all his getups. His comic timing is praiseworthy. And Lama complements him well with his changing roles of a disciple, friend, confidante and partner in crime. Dipankar looks the part of an ambitious businessman, who wants more power and money. Ritwik and Rimjhim make a lovely pair on screen, a perfect foil for each other. Other actors like Locket, Konineeca , Biswanath , Kanchana and Parthasarathi contribute their bits to the plot.

Overall, performances are good and Mahapurush O Kapurush tickles with quite a few humorous situations. The first half is more entertaining than the second. A few scenes after the interval could have been easily knocked off to make the script tighter. The storyline is predictable. However, what salvages the film is its treatment as it cruises along, despite potholes, aided by a few hummable songs. One particular track, Mayabi, by Dibyendu Mukherjee , deserves a mention for its impressive composition and picturization .
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