Saturday, 5 June 2010
Mahanagar@Kolkata (Metropolis@Calcutta) 
Suman Mukhopadhyay, whose brilliant debut feature Herbert was based on Nabarun Bhattacharya’s novella of the same, chose to adapt three short stories of the author this time – Ek Tukro Nylon-er Dori; Amar Kono Bhoy Nei To? and Angshik Chandragrahan (loosely translated as, A Piece of Nylon Cord; I Have Nothing to Fear, Right? and Partial Lunar Eclipse, respectively). The interweaving stories present three random vignettes of the teeming metropolis in this dark and experimental work. The first segment, about the unlikely acquaintance between an upper middle class man (Anjan Dutt) and a lower middle class person (Biplab Chatterjee) one bloody night outside a hospital, borders on psychological terror; the second segment, which follows an unemployed elderly person (Arun Mukhopadhyay) who gets gripped with fear and paranoia thanks to the escalating violence around him, is darkly funny and ironic; and the third segment, which is about the destructive ménage à trois between a high-flying, suicidal professional (Chandan Roy Sanyal), his beautiful wife (Rituparna Sengupta) and his voluptuous, Marx-quoting mistress (Sreelekha Mitra), is psychedelic and surreal. The grim ode to the seedy underbelly of Kolkata (Calcutta) has as its themes urban paranoia, insecurities and existential detachment, and they have been amply bolstered by Fossils frontman Rupam Islam’s splendid, edgy rock ballads. The film is very well enacted by its ensemble cast, with the standout performance coming from Arun Mukhopadhyay, the director’s father.
Director: Suman Mukhopadhyay
Genre: Drama/Black Comedy/Psychological Drama/Existential Drama/Experimental