It's the story of how Anubhab (Akash) — a creative child but a social misfit — suffers to make his parents understand his dreams
Anubhab lives in his own world full of green meadows, flying kites and fairy tale characters while everyone around complains about him — his teachers detest his lack of concentration in class and his parents are exasperated because he refuses to act like a normal child. When his grandmother — his best friend, who, according to his jealous mother, has ruined his future by teaching him how to dream — passes away, he completely retreats into his dreamland. Then comes the saviour — a young man who understands the kid and gets society to understand him. Sounds familiar? No, we're not retelling the much-loved story of Taare Zameen Par. It's director duo Ipsita and Rajesh's debut film,
, though the storyline sounds uncannily similar to the Aamir Khan-Darsheel Safari masterpiece. But that's as close as it gets to being a masterpiece by itself.
is a children's film made for adults. From scene one to the climax, it's so monotonous and grim that in your battle to stay awake, you forget to empathize with the grave subject or the poor child. Moreover, the black-and-white world the directors have held up is brimming with stereotypes — the dreamy child, the good-hearted and suffering grandmother, the jealous and uncaring mother who goes off to work even when her child has fever, the workaholic and helpless father, and last but not the least, the orphan do-gooder Anath, who has to be a good soul because he hails from a village! Oh, come on! Give us a break! We really need some room to understand the characters. For instance, what if the mother isn't really grey, but a woman torn between her family and career? What if all that the child needs is some physical activity and good time with friends? Guess we were too sleepy to really get introspective.
As for performances, well, child actor Akash Mukherjee as Anubhab has tried his best to do justice to his role, and so have Kushal Chakraborty as his father and the recently-deceased Chobi Talukdar as his grandmother. As for Dolon Ray, who plays a saint-like woman running a scaled-down version of Visva Bharati called Sahaj Path, we feel she badly needs some fashion advice. Saheb Bhattacharjee aka Anath, the saviour, is good in some scenes, but is too mushy in most to impress.
But if you are still thinking of watching the film after noticing Soumitra Chatterjee's face on the posters, don't bother. His is a two-minute appearance that doesn't change anything in the film.