A genre revisited.........
First, let me clarify that I am a huge thriller buff and so, was quite excited when 22shey Srabon was announced.Thrillers have been missing from Bengali film scenario for long.I don't consider Feluda and Byomkesh movies to be thrillers because they are adapted from novels that have been read plenty of times.22shey Srabon was the first novel attempt to tell a new suspense thriller story and with "Autogaph" director Srijit Mukherjee backing it, excitement was very high.
Having watched the movie, I must say that Srijit has been able to meet my expectations to a good extent. The film started off with a mass murderer on the loose,who commits brutal murders and leaves a note of poetry in the crime scene.Inspector Abhijit(Parambrata), investigating on this, was compelled to take the help of a suspended,lonely,abusive officer Prabir Roychowdhury(Prosenjit). In a parallel narrative,Goutam Ghose is shown as a derailed poet from the "Hungrealist" era.
As the movie progresses,the audiences get to see how the mystery gets solved.But, it all seems easy and loose till the finale, when things get overturned.
The biggest strength of this film lies in the acting skills of the two veterans, Prosenjit and Goutam Ghose.The kind of growth Prosenjit is showing with each passing film as an actor is quite unbelievable.This performance in any Hollywood film would have fetched him an Oscar nomination. As for Goutam Ghose,who returns to acting after long time, no one could have enacted his part better.Parambrata is good, specially his interactions with Prosenjit's character are the highlight points of the movie. Raima and Abir, though have insignificant roles to play, do put their best efforts.Soumik Halder's cinematography is magnificent.Another big strength of the movie is obviously the music(Anupam Roy) and the background score(Indradeep dasgupta).
Srijit as a director has obviously matured from his first movie. This movie, in sharp contrast to his previous outing,is very dark.But, he seems to be at his ease dealing with this heavy subject. The way Bengali poetry, the Hungrealist movement, the narrow bylanes have been incorporated speak volumes of his talent.Keep the good work going, Srijit.
There are some minor drawbacks of the movie though.The love angle could have been curtailed as it does not add much to the storyline. The songs, though very good, seem a little misplaced,specially "Gobhire Jao" and "Mati Khunre". The running time could have been easily reduced by 20 mins.
Use of expletives probably helped the narrative, but it took the attention away from the actual movie.
But, still, kudos to Srijit and his team for this nice offering in the Puja season and obviously for revisiting a genre that was long lost from Bengali film industry.