Birsa Dasgupta is a film maker of this modern generation and his debut film “033” reflect all kind of modernism which start from the title of the film “033” and ends in the lyric of the song “Rainmachine” via the edit-pattern, the dialogues, the composition of the shots and the content of the scenes like Dhroov talking over phone while shitting and Swastika in a bath robe trying to wear a pink pantie.
The reason behind the name of the film is that the director wanted to make a film on the modern youth of Kolkata which has a STD code 033, but simultaneously the four guys and a lady, who represent the modern Kolkatans, have a band “033”-and there is also a girl from Delhi, Mrinalini (Swastika) with a handy-cam in her hand tells the band guys to create a song, to create an identity which is unique and represents Kolkata. So, “033” is a story about a quest for identity suitable for Kolkata. Does it sound difficult? Sorry friends, I am trying to follow the edit-pattern of the film, while telling you the story.
The truth about “033”is that though the film appears very smart and slick but the soul is missing. It is very difficult to understand what it wants to convey, it the song “Thikana Heen Ekta Bari” (beautifully written by Sreejato and sung by Upal)be the soul of the city we live, which has a STD code:033?
The characters are one dimensional, occasionally a one or two tries to behave with a different shade. The character Voodo (Dhroov) has nothing to do except filling the frame. Arnab (Saheb Chatterjee) has nothing to do except driving the car, only once we find him shouting for Ria (Mumtaz) while Rudra (Rudranil) objected about a specific song “Neel Alo”. Rudra is a superb guy, always moves with an umbrella, only has little thing to do. Only Som (Parambrata) & Mrinalini (Swastika) has something to do in finding their fathers, who once wrote the song “Rhododendron” for which the band 033 is famous. Mrinalini has come to Kolkata to find why the band 033 is singing the song “Rhododendron” written by his father in a different manner and find that the lead singer Som has a right to inherit the same song as it was written by his father also. Then are they brother and sister? Santiago (Sabyasachi Chakraborty)! Doesn’t reveal the truth, nor even the Pishimoni (Madhabi Chakraborty). The truth, at the end of the film, was revealed by the father (Arindam Sil lend only his voice) himself.
It is possible to believe that the director was in search of this kind of identity for both Som and Mrinalini.
“Chandrabindoo” has composed the music of the film. In one word, it is “Brilliant”.