Best Production Of This Year (2010)...
Koushik Ganguly’s latest film “Arekti Premer Galpo” is possible the first Bengali film on Homosexuality. In spite of elaborate gay-lovemaking scenes, the film never seems an erotic one and that is the bottom line of the film.
Abhirup (Rituparno Ghosh) is a gay film maker and is in love with his cinematographer Basu (Indranil Sengupta). But Basu is bi-sexual and he is at case with both his wife Rani (Churni Ganguly) and Abhirup. Abhirup knows it and feels pain for his partner’s dual sex-life but he doesn’t express it very explicitly, rather he releases his ‘love’ when Rani declares that she is pregnant.
Abhirup comes to Kolkata to shoot a docu-drama on the life of legendry ‘Jatra’ actor Chapal Bhaduri, who appears in the film as himself. But incidentally it is revealed that the life of Chapal Bhaduri and that of Abhirup one the same, because Chapal is a self-proclaimed ‘gay’ and used to appear on stage in the female roles. Koushik has designed his screenplay in such a way that both the stories of Chapal and Abhirup flow simultaneously and the climax of both the stories merge at the same point.
Basically Koushik’s film excels much beyond the expectation because he has dealt the homosexual people’s love for his partner with such a dignity, that all through the film we feel the characters from the humanitarian ground.
It never seems that this is Rituparno Ghosh’s debut film as an actor. His expressions for love-anger-hatred are all the so accurate that we feel for his hidden pains. He is superb both as Abhirup and young Chapal Bhaduri in the docu-drama. Indranil sengupta is also very good both as Basu and young Chapal Bhaduri’s gay partner Kumar Babu. Churni Ganguly has played the roles of Basu’s wife and Kumar Babu’s ailing wife in the docu-drama. She has shown her acting talent in two different sequences as Rani expresses her emotion to Abhirup and as Kumar Babu’s wife with young Chapal dancing with the song “Prano Bhoriye, Trisha Horiye”. Both Jisshu Sengupta and Raima Sen are there in four different characters, in the film and in the film-within-film. And they have proved that they are the most talented actors in the supporting roles even.
Debojyoti Mishra is in charge of music, Shoumik Halder is in charge of cinematography and Mainak Biswas is in charge of editing of the film and they all have done their best job.
“Arekti Premer Galpo” can easily be declared as the best production of the year 2010, even better than “Moner Manush”.