Wednesday 8 June 2011

Noukadubi (Boat Wreck) [2011]

Noukadubi, released on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, one of the most staggering geniuses known to humankind, is Rituparno Ghosh’s tribute to the great bard for his enormous influence on him, as on innumerable others. The story, set in pre-independent India, is a labyrinthine, emotionally charged four-pronged love story filled with high tragedy and complex human interactions, and comprising of a liberal dose of timely (as well as unfortunate) coincidences. At the centre of the film lie four exquisitely etched characters – Ramesh (Jishu Sengupta), an introverted middle-class law student; Hemnalini (Raima Sen), an rich young lady who’s intellectually liberated way beyond her times; Kamala (Riya Sen), a naïve semi-literate village girl whose life has been a series of tragedies; and, Nalinaksha (Prosenjit Chatterjee), a mild-mannered music aficionado-cum-respected doctor. Jishu is quite brilliant, and so is Raima, while Prosenjeet is all restraint in his small role; but the revelation of the film turned out to be Riya, hitherto known for everything but acting. The film, which comprises of some lilting Rabindra Sangeet (Songs of Tagore), and boasts of great cinematography, is yet another feather in the cap of Rituparno Ghosh – the filmmaker par excellence who seems incapable of doing any wrong as he keeps churning one finely crafted movie after another.

Director: Rituparno Ghosh
Genre: Drama/Romance
Language: Bengali
Country: India


Ananda Jyothi said...


Your blog is interesting..But You never mention not a single south indian film maker...?
Try to view our cinema too

Shubhajit said...

Thanks. I'd love to watch Malaylam films, but they aren't easy to get hold of.