They say I'm a bad critic. This is because I never criticise, and try my best to highlight the key points in a film. If the film touches me, there it goes - 5/5.
Antaheen is one such movie I'd like to remember throughout my life. A film that captures cinematographically sensitivities of human mind, human emotions and plays with them, Antaheen, meaning "eternal" corresponds to the eternal wait.
We get to see that somehow or the other, all the characters await for eons for some affection, some relationship. While Rahul Bose and Radhika Apte chat endlessly on the Facebook, trying to foster a close relationship, Radhika's untimely accidental (or murder?) death snatches her from him away and the wait of him to get her becomes endless. Sharmila Tagore has conversed with a stranger and while they seem to love each other, the sudden halt in their conversations cause her to again indulge in a wait for his next call to arrive, though it did not come, unfortunately, and this is how her wait turns "Antaheen". Then we get to see Aparna Sen and her not divorced but separated husband who wait for coming close to each other but can't, and ultimately can't.
Wah! What a story! Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury is indeed a master storyteller. How sensitively he has harked on emotions, divulging a man and a woman's heart out and then allowing the audience to give equal votes to both. Consider the situation of Aparna Sen and her husband. They both maybe are at fault, but the way Aniruddha has portrayed their characters, you can't blame anyone of them at all. And that's the magic. That's the enchantment in Antaheen.
It is a very well made movie. The screenplay is outstanding and the high level thoughts associated with this film take Antaheen to a very high artistic status. The picturization of nature and its beauty, particularly the music video of "Jao Pakhi Bolo" is super stunning. Few films in Bangla cinema have this style of artistic pleasure. Aniruddha should get an applause for that.
Coming to the performances, there's no way you can deduct a mark here. All actors have blended into their characters like second skin and they have played to the hilt of perfection quite effortlessly. Rahul Bose is the perfect choice for a sensitive boyfriend though we don't get to see much of his police activities here. Radhika is beautiful and emotes very, very well. Strong personalities etched out by Aparna Sen, Chandan Roy, Barun Chanda and Sharmila Tagore go with the story and match their own personalities. All of them are dignified, the characters are dignified and this increases the dignity of their performance.
And yes, the songs! Shreya Ghoshal's "Jao Pakhi Bolo" with Ustad Rashid Khan's classical vocal in the midst is heartwarming. Equally beautiful are the tune and lyrics of "Amar Rat Jaga Tara" and "Ferari Mon". As I said, there's no way you can find fault, or maybe, I can't find faults.
Thank you, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. May you come up with such brilliant projects in future.