Film: Autograph

Cast: Prosenjit Chatterjee, Indraneil Sengupta, Nandana Sen Direction: Srijit Mukherji

Rate: Good

 

 

Sudipta Dey

As the saying goes… it is difficult to be a hero in an empty room. For small time theatre actor Arun, it was difficult to get fame and popularity from an audience of six. He moved on, sold himself, and became ‘the untouchable’ Arun Chatterjee, the superstar. The story revolves around Arun Chatterjee (Prosenjit), the biggest star of Tollywood who sets out to take up a challenge at a time when luck has not been on his side. In the process, he meets debutant actress Srinandita (Nandana Sen) and a promising director, Subabrato (Indraneil). After a short period of dark and gloomy composition in the second half, Srijit Mukherji’s Autograph ends with a confident song, Beche thakar gaan, which conveys the character’s devastation in a mixed note. Director Srijit has not only used ‘film within a film’ format successfully, but the subtexts that he has used to depict the conflict in an actor’s life, shows the director’s command over the subject. The plot is not as simple as it is believed to be, but then life is not simple either. The ups and downs of an actor, a superstar, weaknesses and strengths of a man who has gone all out to win the battle are portrayed beautifully by Prosenjit. Only Prosenjit could have portrayed a character like Arun Chatterjee. Interestingly, Arun’s character has a striking resemblance to Prosenjit in real life. The filmmaker essayed by Indraneil too bears a semblance to Srijit himself. Considering the fact that Indraneil is just two films old in the industry (release wise), he has matched up to Prosenjit’s skills, and delivers better than expected from a newcomer. Nandana Sen on the other hand, spoils the best of dialogues with her bad delivery, when she could have added a lot to the script had she brushed up on her Bengali accent. Srijit has done a brilliant job with the script. Crisp and witty, the dialogues made the film an interesting watch. The songs though underplayed, adds to the film’s mood. Though in a small cameo, Dhruv Mukherji was a delightful addition to the story. Overall, it’s neither a commercial nor an arthouse film with convoluted storyline and endless metaphors. It is an honest film which shows the other sides of different lives with reference to the Bengali film industry. A must watch for the Pujas.

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