Sunday 1 February 2009

Antaheen (The Endless Wait) [2009]

Aniruddha Roy Choudhury’s sophomore feature following the success he reaped with Anuranan, Antaheen is a tale of unspoken words and underplayed emotions that define relationships as well as loneliness. This visually gorgeous movie isn’t just pleasing to the eyes thanks to its fluid camera work, and music to the ears thanks to some well composed songs, but also in a way soothing for the nerves – not just for its instantly likeable characters, but also for the fact that the narration has been paced such that it grows on the viewers. Despite its wafer-thin story, the plot developments, though seemingly inconsequential, do form an organic part of the bigger picture for the simple reason that, in a character-driven movie, every incident plays a part in revealing layers of the characters. The biggest strength as well as the greatest weakness of the movie (depending on how you see it), quite like Anuranan, is the immense romanticism that defines not just the mood of the story but also the principal protagonists. For me, though, it worked because it managed to strike a chord despite the cynic that I am. Minor aberrations like surrogate advertising of apart, the movie managed to develop well rounded characters, draw restrained performances by its lead actors – Rahul Bose, Radhika Apte, Aparna Sen and Kalyan Roy, and ensure that we really look forward to the director’s next venture.

Director: Aniruddha Roy Choudhury
Genre: Drama/Urban Drama/Romantic Drama/Ensemble Film
Language: Bengali
Country: India

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