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Punascha

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08 Aug, 2014 2 hrs 10 mins U
Soumitra Chatterjee, Roopa Ganguly, Sayani Ghosh
Soumitra Chatterjee, Roopa Ganguly, Sayani Ghosh
Souvik Mitra
3.5
3.5
Synopsis
The script of Punascha is littered with some loose ends, but ultimately, the film belongs to all those hurting souls who couldn’t finish their last dialogue with the beloveds.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Yes, the script of Punascha is littered with some loose ends, but ultimately, the film belongs to all those hurting souls who couldn't finish their last dialogue with the beloveds.

Tagore's verses, Santiniketan's revered grounds, a four-decades spanning love story, soulful music - there isn't enough scope to go wrong. And so, it doesn't. Although it's a film with a fairly ordinary storyline, Punascha can be interpreted in several ways. Primarily, however, the venture comes across as a jointly written note of thanks to master filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh. And given the fact that the film's team comprises a few of the legend's closest friends and aides, the expression of gratitude doesn't surprise us either.

Besides the controlled colour palette of the movie (notice the earthy tones in everything from clothes to furniture), even the selection of props and set design is reminiscent of Ghosh's keen eye for detail. Perhaps because the film depicts a shorter duration of time, much emphasis has been laid on precision and that, beyond a doubt, is praiseworthy. So, Roopa Ganguly doesn't wander around the house aimlessly, or enter some other room, while looking for an umbrella which was fleetingly shown hanging beside Chatterjee's red t-shirt on the bedroom's back wall!

Debajyoti Mishra once again uses some rain-and-tear-kissed classical notes to capture and convey the sense of love and loss. His compositions steeped in nostalgia, his music a tribute to Rituparno - the Mathura Nagarpati who left for Gokul in the summer of 2013.

The movie owes plenty to the foley artistes who rustle up a fine sound experience, and DoP Manas Ganguly, who romances not just the life in a metro or the colourful Santiniketan, but the hesitation, regret, longing and ache in an interrupted love story.

Despite decent performances by almost all actors, the film belongs to Roopa Ganguly who appears to be the muse of not just award winning author and long lost "friend" Animesh Mukhopadhyay (Soumitra Chatterjee), but director Souvik Mitra's too. From lighting up like a Christmas tree on learning her beloved remembers her nickname to choking on words like "choya dhekur", the veteran actress commands the screen as Deepa, Keya, Mohini and Mohona.

The pace of the movie, however, is one of its biggest drawbacks. The director could have easily tightened the narrative by reducing the many getting up and sitting down scenes! Also, editing in the latter half of the film lacks evenness.

Yes, the script of Punascha is littered with some loose ends, but ultimately, the film belongs to all those hurting souls who couldn't finish their last dialogue with the beloveds.
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Avg Users’ Rating 3.5/5 ( 2 users )
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Andrej Segula
Such a heart-touching film! The main actors are unique. Thanks to the director Mitra.
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Mauli Agarwal
nice
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