Thursday, 18 March 2010

Abohomaan (The Eternal) [2010]

Bengali auteur Rituparno Ghosh’s latest feature, Abohomaan, continues with his life-long fascination with the subtleties and layers that define human relationships. And, in the vein of Shob Choritro Kalponik and The Last Lear, it is in sync with his recent inclination towards fragmented narratives. The complex relationship between an artist and his muse forms the subject of the movie – that too, quite incredibly, twice over in the film within the film. A revered arthouse filmmaker, while making a movie on the famous mentor-minion tale of Girish Ghosh and ‘Nati’ Binodini, develops kinship with the young actress playing Binodini, which forms the source of heavy undercurrents between him, his wife and his son. The story has shades of the alleged affair that Satyajit Ray apparently had with actress Madhabi. However in Ghosh’s expert hands it never appears exploitative or sensational; rather, it is a matured look into a theme that is as much universal as it is local. The movie boasts of a stellar performance by Dipankar De, and competent turns by Mamata Shankar, Jishu Sengupta and Ananya Chatterjee. This cerebral and moody film with a deliberate pacing is thus another gem in Ghosh’s already exceptional oeuvre.

Director: Rituparno Ghosh
Genre: Drama/Psychological Drama/Family Drama
Language: Bengali
Country: India

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