EK JE CHHILO RAJA : The King is Reborn

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On the surface, Ek Je Chilo Raja (There lived a King) recreates the infamous Bhawal Sanyasi casehttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhawal_case) – presented as the story of the erstwhile lecherous prince of Bikrampur estate, Raja Mahendra Kumar Chowdhury, who was presumably long ‘dead’ drowned in the repercussions of his own affluence, with his legacy long forgotten by most of his followers; but one who returned to base after twelve long years as the wandering sanyasi and was eventually coaxed to admit his relinquished identity by his well-wishers, and charged as an imposter by his wife and her brother at the same time. What followed was a long drawn legal battle over years across multiple courts of law, that finally settled on the verdict that the sanyasi was indeed the prince. But strangely enough the man at the center of all attention could not live that reclaimed life and died immediately after which was considered as the ultimate divine punishment for the imposter by many.

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BYOMKESH GOWTRO : Doesn’t Go Anywhere!

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In a true reunion of sorts, Anjan Dutt and Arindam Sil unexpectedly come together in the latest Byomkesh outing; and yet Byomkesh Gowtro turns out to be yet another disappointing mess to be added to the already overdone Byomkesh series. That wasn’t much unexpected though.

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SHONAR PAHAR : Innocence is Bliss!

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The cine-lover in me has an absolute reason to celebrate when she watches two beautiful new bengali films back to back within a fortnight. Two weeks back, it was the deliciously flavored Ahare Mon. And today, it was a very satisfying experience watching the beautifully made Shonar Pahar, highly rich in innocence, affection, loneliness, hurt, pain, and unconditional blissful love.

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AHARE MON : Beautiful Collage of Emotions!

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Final Destination?” – Its an often used term in a film that is actually a beautifully crafted journey of love, life, tenderness, thrill and hope, and never really about a defined destination! That in a nutshell is Ahare Mon – beautiful, pure, real and so full of heart!

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UMA : Lacks Soul

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Srijit Mukherji of Jatishwar or Chotushkone is long lost. His last few ventures like the two Kakababu films, or Zulfiqar or Nirbaak have been disasters; and when I had seen the trailer of his latest film, it did sound equally loud and highly melodramatic. Luckily then, Uma turns out to be better than what the wrapper suggested and yet falls short of becoming a real good film.

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GUPTODHANER SANDHANE : Flawed but Entertaining

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You always don’t need to watch a technically brilliant or a flawless film to enjoy it! Sometimes you enjoy films just because of your fascination for riddle based thrillers, and because something like that is at least being attempted in bengali cinema beyond the greatness of ‘muro haye buro gachh‘ and its creator!

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DRISHTIKONE : Art falls to too much lure for commerce

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It feels great when you see a bengali film running to a full house on a Sunday afternoon. Such is the gravity of Kaushik Ganguly and the trust on his body of work. The bengali cine-lover expects the best of cinema from him.

But it is rather disappointing when that trust gets heavily defeated in the filmmaker’s lure to go more commercial, execute a casting coup with Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta and make his weakest film of last few years with Drishtikone.

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Mayurakshi : lost in stagnation

Some very good performances in Mayurakshi get lost in wilderness due to an almost non existent script! Prosenjit shines in all his scenes, Indrani Haldar is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise brooding film; and though Soumitro gets his body language pretty accurate for the old solitary man, his dialog delivery is a struggle these days!

Eventually it all turns to be a pretty forgettable act because of its painfully sluggish pace and flat screenplay. Not the kind of film one would like to close 2017’s movie watching @ theaters with! Sigh!

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Sahaj Paather Gappo – Dazzling colors of innocence

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There are films that bedazzle you, there are films that leave you moved by sheer scale or the aura or performances of big names associated with it, and then there is Sahaj Paather Gappo that leaves you dumbstruck by its simplicity and innocence, personified beautifully by Gopal and Chhottu! No wonder then that both Nur Islam as Chottu and Samiul Alam as Gopal have very deservingly won the National award for best child artist, bringing this category back to Bengali cinema after 30+ years!!

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Byomkesh O Agniban – It is unwatchable

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Anjan Dutta needs to realize that a story punch of three outings from the Satyanweshi can become a terrible overdose going all wrong just like a cocktail punch can go all wrong leaving you with a terrible headache! I guess that sums up Byomkesh O Agniban in short! A film that never finds its grip with seriously overdone characters including Swastika, Ankita and Anjan himself amongst all others, this one leaves many questions unanswered with a poorly executed script and some lousy editing! And the actors who played the young Byomkesh and Ajit were pathetic to say the least!

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