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Shauli Chakraborty

Film: Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath
Director: Sanghamitra Chowdhury
Cast: Abhishek Chatterjee, Arpita Mukherjee, Angshuman
Rating: Average

This year being Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, a lot of people have decided to commemorate the occasion in different ways. Filmmaker Sanghamitra Chowdhury too has, in her own way, paid tribute to Tagore through this film.
Sanghamitra explores Tagore’s grief after suffering various personal losses. He saw the deaths of Notun Bouthan Kadambari Debi, his wife Mrinalini Debi, his daughter Madhurilata and son Samindranath. Tagore is said to have attempted planchets in order to reach out to the souls of the departed.
It is a film within a film. Jeet (Abhishek) is a filmmaker who is planning a documentary on Tagore. He loves Bolpur and makes it a point to visit Santiniketan whenever he can. Jeet’s brother has a gang of friends who think this is the perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway and convince Jeet to let them accompany him to Bolpur. Like most youngsters these people know very little about Tagore and are on a constant lookout for opportunities to dope and booze and show very little respect for all things Rabindrik. How Jeet deals with this bunch and manages to shoot his film is for you to find out!
The music is heartwarming and soulful. In fact, it is the music which keeps much of the film afloat. There is a tribal dance sequence that has been shot in Bolpur and is pure delight to watch.
As far as performances are concerned Abhishek Chakraborty alone is worth a watch. None of the other actors manage to make an impression. From body language to fake accents — nothing seems to work for this motley crowd, most of whom are first timers. They seriously need to attend grooming classes before attempting another celluloid appearance.
The film deals mostly with Tagore’s dealings with the supernatural and the kind of impact those episodes had on his life. It is more of a docu-feature than a full fledged documentary. However, editing is poor and a number of scenes could have been easily done away with.
This is not a great film – as the filmmaker has acknowledged herself. But this is
definitely a positive beginning. We hope such films encourage other filmmakers, old and new, to make more documentaries on Tagore and other greats
as well!

Supreeta Singh

Film: The Bhoot of Rose Ville
Director: Sanghamitra Chowdhuri
Cast: Arpita Mukherjee, Dron Mukherjee, Souradeep Ghosh, Satrajit Majumdar
Rating: Poor
 
 

Director Sanghamitra Chowdhuri has managed to redefine horror genre with her latest offing, The Bhoot of Rose Ville. It’s sheer horror to see how she has gone beyond all cinematic requirements and made a film that is a torture from beginning to end. The story is flimsy, acting poor, direction abominable, cinematography slipshod and background score is disastrous. This is one of those rare films that has no saving grace to recommend it. 
The poster of the film claims there is no censor cut. By the time you are through with the film, you wonder what is there to cut in the first place. Apparently, it’s based on a true story. Rose Matthews (Arpita Mukherjee) lives with her father in Digha and yes, their bungalow is called Rose Ville. She is in love with a Hindu guy, Sameer Dutta (Dron Mukherjee) but her father wants her to marry a guy from their community, Robin (Souradeep Ghosh). She consents to her father’s choice but days before the wedding, Robin meets with an accident and dies. From here, the story takes an even more ludicrous turn.
Rose does not yet know that Robin is dead who comes calling to her house at the dead of the night. He plays the priest, gets married to her and they make love! Rose becomes pregnant with the child of her ghost husband-to-be. Later, Sameer himself encounters the spirit, gets the child aborted and marries her. They shift to Kolkata. When Rose comes back to the house to sell it off, she is haunted not by Robin but by the aborted child. In the end, the spirit takes over her body and kills Sameer.
The film has no psychological base and the characters are too sketchy. Instead of giving chills and thrills, it becomes a laugh riot. Post-interval, the film is heavily inspired by Unborn and the last 15 minutes is taken straight from, Paranormal Activity with catastrophic effects. With regard to scare tactics, there are a couple of poltergeist activities, a child’s footprints and his going around the house calling Rose, ‘mummy’. There is not a single scene or a sound effect that will make you jump. Two love-making scenes in the film are disgusting.
As far as acting is concerned, Dron and Souradeep are totally forgettable. They are expressionless and need to work on their dialogue delivery. Arpita’s fake English accent is cheap but she is the only one who at least makes the effort to act.
Will Sanghamitra learn any lessons from this? We shudder to think!

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