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Times of India
Story: Aryanil (Prosenjit), a middle-aged USA-based techie going through a personal crisis, flies in to visit his 84-year-old father, Sushovan. In the few days that follow, he rediscovers the bond with his father, who now suffers from a form of dementia and dwells several years in the past.
Review: A father-son relationship is often not the smoothest sailing ship. Standing on the two sides of a deep chasm of ideological and temporal differences, the two men often find it difficult to understand or agree with each other. And this is usually the premise of films based on a father-son story. But Mayurakshi doesn’t exactly start on that note.
At least Aryanil, a twice-divorced middle-aged techie with a son and a hefty alimony to take care of, doesn’t appear hassled or irritated when he’s forced to take a hurried leave and rush to Kolkata because of his father has taken ill. In reality, he is. But Prosenjit has portrayed that under-current of tension on an otherwise stoic face really well. And playing his age, he fits the character of Aryanil like a glove. Every expression, his body language and most of all, the way he maintains the continuity of his character is truly commendable.
But the man who steals the show hands down is Soumitra Chatterjee. This performance will definitely go down as one of the actor’s best. Though he didn’t have work too much on playing an 84-year-old, the way he portrayed a man with dementia — an unsure gait, the distant look in the droopy eyes and a general air of confused existence — is a treat to watch. Never, once, is he out of character. And the chemistry he and Prosenjit share — the growing bond between a forgetful father and troubled son — is so well portrayed by the duo that it touches the heart.
Then there are the performances by Sudipta Chakraborty and Indrani Haldar. Both have played their diametrically opposite characters to perfection. While Sudipta has done a fantastic job of playing the caring housekeeper who looks after Sushovan in Aryanil’s absence, Indrani is really good as the latter’s bubbly and at times, flirtatious school friend.
True, the film stands firm on these stellar performances, but its other major strength is director Atanu Ghosh’s attention to the minutest of details and continuity elements. No shot seems abrupt, no sound out of place — even the sound of a computer shutting down as Sudipta gets up after typing in the bills is timed to perfection.
The bottomline? Don’t miss Mayurakshi. Stories like this one often hit the big screen. But a film like this one happens just once in a while.
A very well made film bolstered by superb performances by Soumitra,Sudipta and Prasenjit.The film exposes the problems faced by nuclear families in these turbulent times.A brilliant mind is slowly slipping away, turning senile with age and loneliness meets his son who stays in the States, estranged from his wife and family.<br/>The reunion is a painful one as the son realises hos own limitations and helplessness in resolving his father'' s illness and associated problems.A realistic look at modern lives.
A good one.
In the modern world, with work pressures and financial woes mounting, isolation and stress becoming an integral part of life, most people believe that father and son bonding is becoming a thing of the past.