Antaheen-the name itself haunts, A lovely movie and a must-watch for every Bangali movie lover. A refreshing break from Prosenjit and Mithun and Jeet and all those sloppy films they keep doing. Indeed when you watch this movie, you are acutely aware that the director has substance in his head, unlike those numerous Tollywood directors who make stupid meaningless films.
Rahul Bose with his calculated acting prowess makes Abhik the cop believable. It feels good to think that even cops have the desire to secretly chat with fancy names instead of always trying to fill their pockets. Radhika Apte-what a discovery. She is indeed a brilliant find and a welcome respite from heroines who wear gaudy clothes and run around trees. Her role as the journo was neither OTT, nor restricted. She had the right expressions for every dialogue she delivered- again rarely found in our Tolly belles!
But yes, the director by bringing Aparna Sen and Sharmila Tagore together for such a short span of time leaves us craving for more. Wish he had given them a little bit more of screen time together. What I particularly liked was the chemistry between Sen and her on as well as off screen hubby Kalyan Ray. His attitude to life was something a lot of people today are afraid to acknowledge, much as they would love to.
And the typical orthodox viewer that I am, I have no qualms in admitting that Brinda's death had brought tears. I too had started hoping that Abhik and Brinda would finally discover each other's secrets and confess their love for each other. The twist in the tale came as a shock. Kudos to the director for pulling off that scene so convincingly.
The introductory song by Shaan coupled with lyrics by Chandrabindoo band members and 'Bhindeshi Taara' at the end were quite touching. Ofcourse Shreya Ghosal does her job extremely well with those soulful numbers.
Special mention for Mita Vashisht. She just needs to do more roles and bring out her talent. The scene where she bursts out at her husband after learning about Brinda's death has been so convincingly portrayed.
With such films as Anuranan and Antaheen, Aniruddha Roychoudhury simply leaves you asking for more. It seems that he is one of those few who are determined to revive the Bengali film industry and rekindle our dead interests. His movies seem as episodes exploring relations and I' m already waiting for the next. Hope he will once again prove his mettle and keep making meaningful movies.