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Arekti Premer Galpo  (2010 - Bengali)

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Arekti Premer Galpo cumulative rating: 4.15 out of 54.15/5 (10 users)

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  • galpo holeo je sotti...

    Arekti Premer Galpo rating: 9 out of 10(Anirban Bhattacharjee wrote on 26 Jan 2011)

    Though late, ultimately I and my friends successfully managed to reach Star, the theatre, on the 23rd August afternoon to watch the long awaited movie. In the mean time, I used to watch for peoples’ reaction about the movie; the anecdotes related, like the Nandan episode; and surely, the reviews in different dailies. So, it can be said that I was waiting eagerly, as well as critically…

    The movie started with Devi Sitala [played by Chapal Bhaduri] pleading for her promotion--- she was looking for the social support that a king only can manage for her. Yes, as she is not a mainstream goddess, she has to get a royal patronage, else, will get washed away. Is this a plea to the royal intellectuals, to think of the OTHERS? Mr. Ganguly, this is the era of sub-altern discipline, OTHERS can mange their voices, and they need not the intellectual favour anymore…

    The movie should have gone without any interval, the time of the interval was just irritating me, it was so neatly woven that I was scarcely finding the time to breathe. The story comes as the tale of two generations, one being the generation of Chapal, another of Aviroop. Chapal, and his relation with his time-mates get superbly foiled with Aviroop and his time-mates. Though there may be many finding the likeness between the two tales, I was simply amused by the differences. And the differences seemed to provide the thrust of the whole drama…

    Sorry, if you differ, but the story never seemed to be a story of ‘other’ sex. The movie, in no terms, is so constricted, but is essentially humane. The reference of the ‘other’ sex comes just as a device to weave the story, which is very much about the human love, and to get definite, it is all about the urge and need of multiple relations. Chapal loves Kumar babu, who in turn, finds only his prey in Chapal,--- beautifuuly portrayed in the hunting shot where Kumar takes aim at both the animals and Chapal. Chapal alone thinks of love, and imagines themselves as the happy deer couple. But Kumar uses him up for his purpose, shuns him when not needed, and retrieves him when he thinks it necessary. Chapal finds love for the first time in the house of the run-away carpenter Tusar, which he had to leave after four years to pay for his unintended attempt to break the bond between Kumar babu and his wife, and lands at Kumar’s Bhabanipur residence. There, he pays dearly for his mistake [?] of attempting to break Kumar away form his wife, but finds another loving relationship between him and Kumar’s wife. Aviroop, on the other hand, loves Basu deeply, but unlike Chapal, gets reciprocated in spite of Basu’s limitations. When Basu’s wife walks in, Roop finds another deserving friendship from the photographer Uday, but refuses to enter into any further relationship, just from the fear that the ‘bird of dusk’ may loose its charm when it comes too close. The basic difference between Chapal and Roop is their education. Roop is out and out an urban, sophisticated academic intellectual where as Chapal is educated from his ways in the world. But Chapal comes out triumphant over Roop here, he was not afraid of accepting the invitation of his carpenter friend. Even as he left again for Kumar, he did not refuse his friend at Tarapith. Roop seemed to be more shaky here, perhaps he failed to be as generous as Chapal…

    The character of the photographer is very cautiously portrayed. He seems to be the best lover of all the time, busy freezing moments of life and love, instead of shooting fatal bullets. He is open for love and compassion, and is never searching for possessions in love. Chapal was not so lucky, his carpenter friend was a better human being from Kumar, but was possessive to some extent. Chapal had to wait till he develops a real relation with Kumar’s wife. The dance of the duo surely had melted many hearts. Rather Roop can get compared with the carpenter man, in his possessiveness. Though much more sophisticated, still Roop unleashes off his possessiveness many a times. However, he must get praised in his attempt to live a life together with Rani, Basu’s wife and Basu. But surely, Rani is far, far away from the maturity that is demanded by such a living.

    Basu comes out as the most pitiable character of the lot. One may get tormented if he places himself in Basu’s place. He loves two at a time, none could have been more merrier than him if Rani had accepted Roop’s offer, but, perhaps he has to wait for some decades more…

    What a story…how deep is the concern for the love of human beings…how beautifully told…smart overlappings, collages, double-role playings, flashbacks… I know no word enough to appreciate. Beautiful songs, all old, but never seemed to be so enthralling to me at least. Editing is so smart that it leaves you hardly any space to breathe. And I have got no idea how much pain Mr. Ganguly had bore to deliver such heart rendering dialogues. Almost every dialogue seems so real that it touches your heart and tickles down the sensitive cheeks.

    Just a point I would like to say… Roop instigated Chapal to say his personal stories for the sake of his documentary; Chapal though was not ready for the job, ultimately turned up, partly for the persuasion of Roop and his teammates, and mostly for the suggestion of his best friend, Kumar’s wife to unravel him up. Well, if that should be done, why the movie ends up with Roop behind the bathroom door, and the photographer’s gift lying enveloped on his bed, much away from unravelling? I was at least dying to have a look inside the envelope. Or else, it should have shown that Chapal has returned from his few-days’-outing, engrossed in his daily non-happening life, and his neighbours, busy in their ways, happy that they have spoiled the documentary defaming their cultural heritage[?] who have not even noticed that Chapal was not there for a few days, and has returned again. Then the voice would have come more prominently that sub-altern people should not bother about others’ patronage, rather they should gather faith upon themselves.

    And a request…Roop, will you please mail me your mom’s phone number? I have my unfelt [by others] feelings to vent too… such characters are so rare on our planet… I have not met any yet… will you? Please? If you have reservation, at least give me the contact details of Chapal’s Chhordi or Jamaibabu…

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