Aj Sraboner amontrowne...
Rabindranath Tagore's death anniversary and Rhiju's (Srijit Mukherji) second child. (That's how he refers to his movies) The title and here's how I had painted it: (This was way back in February or much before that, when the director revealed about the conception. And the fact that he secretly have named it "Baishe Srabon")
The death anniversary of an icon. Death. Demise. Dark. Violence. Poetry. Song. Music. Rain. Kolkata.
And then came the USG reports, and the first look of the baby. The trailer. Left me awestruck. And I knew, if it lives up to what they are showing, this has to be one of the finest bengali thrillers of this decade.
The baby grew in its mother's womb, day by day, and the first song. "Jekota din tumi chhile pashe" sung by our own Saptarshi and Shreya. Smart lyrics by Anupam, as always. Very 2011ish, yet has the flavour of the age old depression of a love lost. The second song, "Ekbar bol, nei tor keu nei" was an old one from Bangalore days, that Anupam used to play, though presented afresh- another jewel in the crown! And then the raw version of the third song. Phew! I was lucky enough to get a chance to listen to it, way before it got aired. " Gobhire jao" A masterpiece by Rupankar.
The Due date, 30th September, Priya, Kolkata. First day, first show. I tried to sit still. Rear stall, second last row, with some talkative audience around me. And some really tall ones before me. But as the operation proceeded, I couldn't move, and nothing around me could affect my attention. And the baby is born!
Baishe Srabon, a thriller. A musical thriller. A story so gripping, a script so crisp and the cast, just appropriate! I haven't seen Goutam Ghosh as an actor before. But felt, he was just born for the character. His voice, his diction, his appearance- just right for the role. After a really long time, I got to see someone, really at ease with his role. It was just like Harmione, and how effortlessly she swayed her wand to lift something up in the sky. Prashenjit looked good, gave a stupendous performance. Even with all those swear words, which just felt optimal for the character. He looked good. And did I say, he looked good? Raima and Parambrata, Abir. Fitting performances.
The camera work was brilliant. The movie looked good. And it was so good, it left a layman like me wondering, "Did they use something different?" Parambrata's hallucinating picturisation was uber cool. I guess, when you get stoned, that is how you see the world. A body camera. First time in bengali cinema? Then there was this shot, on a rail track. Goutam Ghosh reciting to another man, both on the either side of the track. And how the camera moved. Dhoni's final sixer, world cup, 2011.
The script was something which was natural, and not forced. And "PH" and not "F" just stole my heart! The poetry used as the murderer's notes, were well selected. Especially, Binoy Mojumdar's "Phire esho chaka" and the the process of killing. Brilliant! And then "The Hungry Generation" and the mark was made. At last a director who did his homework well! All throughout the movie, the term "Robindronath" made me giggle until the last few minutes, when the very same one gave a chill up my spine. And this is what a thriller is all about. The twists, the turns, the climax. And how you built them up one by one. Until the actual climax, I was in a not-so-happy-Was- that- all? mode. But then the final blow and the picturisation, the end, the song. Sheer beauty! The song couldn't have fitted more seemly.
Overall, a must watch for thriller lovers!
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