Asha Jaoar Majhe – poetry on celluloid


Asha Jaoar Majhe completely justifies the supreme appeal and essence of the word ‘Chalochitro‘… Where the universal language of labor of love is best communicated through the mundane silent chores of daily living… where the small and big pauses during the day would echo so much louder than what a thousand dialogues would have attempted to speak…

Director Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s style of film making shows a deep influence of Ray, and the way he stiches together moments significantly apart in the script is a very detailed study on the cycle of longing and pattern that life engulfs us in! There is some brilliant camera work going on here along with a superb audiography, and add to that the absolutely natural and finely measured performances by both Ritwick Chakraborty and Basabdutta Chatterjee, and we see a wonderful lyrical ballad created on celluloid that has no action or event to show but a lot of emotions and feelings to tell…

One may find at times though that the style is being played too heavy and the content could have balanced it to an extent, but I think that the film-maker wanted us to feel exactly that and hits bull’s eye with it.. At under ninety minutes, the pace of the motion picture can test you at times if you don’t get adjusted to it by the first ten minutes or so.. I am glad that the rhythm synced in with me very quickly and it only amplified from there as one got swept away with the journey of these two characters who have no names, who are just me and you…

Thank you #AmazonPrimeVideo for housing some of these classics that I missed out on during their theatrical release.. It is a great platform to catch up! And it was criminal on my part for not having caught up on this gem for so long!!

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