Monday 24 August 2009

Angshumaner Chhobi (Angshuman's Film) [2009]

Atanu Ghosh might have made quite a few telefilms, but his inexperience in feature direction was palpable in Angshumaner Chhobi. The movie has its fair share of flaws, and that despite the fact that the basic storyline and concept are so strong that it had a spellbinder written all over it. In fact I’d go so far as stating that it is so much a Rituparno Ghosh’s kind of movie that he might have done wonders had he directed it, or at least written its script. Having said that, one has got to admit that the film has been brought to screen with restraint and sensitiveness, and without any undue gloss or flamboyance – in keeping with what I was hoping for. The film is about a famous film director called Angshuman who has returned to India after a long time to make a Bengali movie. The movie within a movie boasts of two well developed characters – a legendary thespian on self-imposed exile (played very well by Soumitra Chatterjee – a legend himself), and an emotionally fragile actress who is unaware of her true worth (exceptionally portrayed by Indrani Halder). Unfortunately the character of the principal protagonist wasn’t fully realized, and the sub-par enacting of the role as well as the weak script didn’t help matters at all. Thus what could have been a memorable cinamatic experience ended up being just another decent, forgettable watch.

Director: Atanu Ghosh
Genre: Drama/Psychological Drama/Showbiz Drama/Mystery
Language: Bengali
Country: India

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