Baishey Srabon is perhaps the most aniticipated and marketed film in Bengali cinema in 2011, if not of this decade. Thanks to a monumental success of Autograph, the combination of Director Srijit Mukherji - Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee - Composer Anupam Roy - Sree Venkatesh sure caught the public frenzy. And why not? Mesmerizing songs, slick promos, non-stop media coverage, and the Durga Puja made Baishe Srabon a HIT even before its release in theaters. The question that i had in mind whether the film will be able to deliver purely from a cinematic point of view. the answer is short and crisp. Yes, it has.
The film is, mind you, not a family entertainer like Autograph was. So, whether it can match Autograph commercially is something i am not sure. But, cinematically it's so much better. It's an overwhelmingly dark film laced with violence and vulgarity. F words abundant. But then you don't expect the sanctity of a temple in Sonagachi, right? So, Baishe Srabon stay very true to its story where a series of gruesome murders are taking place in the city of Kolkata, and the cops are absolutely clueless.
A crime branch officer Abhijit Pakrashi (Parambrata Chattopadhyay) is in charge of the case, but is far from solving it. frustrated, his senior Srivastava (Rajesh Sharma) decides to convince Prabir Roy Chowdhury (Prasenjit) to help solve the case. Prabir is not an usual type who's currently suspended from the service. Srivastava attaches Abhijit to Prabir to crack the mystery.
Srijit is a tough task master, and like a great film-maker he's able to extract the best out of his actors. Abir, though playing a small role, impresses one and all. Parambrata, Raima deliver it right. Nothing much, nothing less. But it's of course Tollygunge's most beloved 'bumba da' prosenjit who makes Baishey Srabon glow in the shadows of the dark. To me, this enactment may just get him a National Award. He's Tollywood's Aamir Khan thesedays, as is Parambrata the Emran Hashmi. And Goutam Ghose too sets the screen on fire, who makes an acting comeback after 29 years. Cinematograhy by Soumik Haldar is brilliant, to say the least. Music by Anupam is the show stealer, but for me some of the briliiant tracks were not used the way i expected them to be. that's a little disappointment from the Director, who i believe the best thing that happened to Bengali cinema in recent times. Rituparno, Anjan Dutt may be fuming, but it's true that the likes of Srijit, Sanghamitra, Ranodeep, Atanu, Koushik, have ushered in a new era in Tollywood landscape. And being a non resident Bengali, i am amazed for that i have never seen so much of excitement around Bengali cinema. Hope it carries through, and i have a feeling that the Bengali cinema is on its way to regain the lost crown.
Baishe Srabon, in a nutshell, drenches you with a lightning shower, and blows you away with a fierce storm of creativity. Flow with it...